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North German Confederation,
Northern, Southern and Hamburg

1st January 1868

German States 20  

ngc1
ngc7
NGC12
Northern
Southern
Hamburg
  1868 Sc1 SG1 1868 Sc7 SG11 1868 Sc12 SG-H1  

no wmk, typographed
rouletted 8½ to 10, 11 to 12½ and compound
Printed at the Prussian State Printing Works, Berlin

Description District   Scott SG Mi Y&T
¼ groschen red lilac Northern ↓   1 1, 2    
⅓gr green     2 3, 4    
½ gr orange     3 5    
1gr rose     4 6, 7    
2gr ultra     5 8, 9    
5gr bister     6 10    
1 kreuzer green Southern ↓   7 11, 12    
2kr orange     8 13    
3kr rose     9 14, 15    
7kr ultra     10 16, 17    
18kr bister     11 18    
(½ schilling) lilac brown Hamburg   12 H1    

 

On 1st January 1868 the separate issues of all the German states except Bavaria, Baden and Wurttemburg [i.e. Bremen, Brunswick, Hamburg, Lübeck, Mecklenburg (both) Olenburg, Prussia and Saxony] were withdrawn and replaced by those of the North German Confederation. Two sets were typographed at the Prussian State Printing Works, inscribed in groschen and kreuzer values for the northern and southern disctricts respectively. The first printings were rouletted and perforation introduced in February 1869. Because of the different currency used in Hamburg, an undenominated stamp sold for ½ was used on local mail within the city boundaries.
The stamps of the Confederation were replaced in January 1872 by the stamps of the German Empire. [1]

Sources: JM1 [1], ScC, SG7.

Images from ebay, Stamps of Germany.

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