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Mecklenburg-Schwerin

1st July 1856

German State 13

MechSchw1
  Mecklenburg-Schwerin#1  

Imperforate, no watermark, typographed.
Printed by the Prussian State Printing Works, Berlin

Description Scott SG Mi Y&T
Four ¼schilling red 1 1    
3s yellow   2    
3s orange-yellow 2 3    
5s blue 3 4    

This is a charmingly small stamp, designed to be subdivided to accommodate various postal rates. Each fraction being regarded as a stamp in its own right, at 12x12mm in 1856, it was the smallest first issue, though later undertaken in 1863 by Bolivar's 8x9.5mm first set. Brunswick made a similar, slightly larger issue in 1857, though not as its first stamp.
Mecklenburg-Schwerin joined the North German Confederation at the end of 1867 and ceased to issue its own stamps.

Get an overview of Germany and German States 1849 - 1872.

Sources:
Gibbons Pt.7, 9th edn., 2011
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Image from David Olson.

FI ref: 61 Page credit: NB

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