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Prussia

Friday, November 15, 1850

German State 3

Pru1
Prussia Scott #2
  Prussia Scott #1,
issued 1856
Prussia Scott #2,
earliest issue, 1850
 

Imperforate, watermark 162 (Laurel wreath), engraved.
Printed by ???.

Description # issued Scott SG Mi Y&T
November 15, 1850
6 pfenning (½ silbergroschen) red orange
9 million 2      
12 pfenning (1 silbergroschen) black on rose
26 million 3      
24 pfenning (2 silbergroschen) black on blue
9 million 4      
36 pfenning (3 silbergroschen) black on yellow
9 million 5      
1856
4 pfenning yellow green
? 1      

All issue quantities are approximate.

Prussia was a large postal entity. In 1850 there were 1,721 post offices. 1,987 ring number cancels were originally issued, mainly in alphabetical order.

Prussia was the first German State to use watermarks as protection agains counterfeits.

The first issue differs from the second in these traits:

As of January 1, 1868 Prussia used stamps of Norddeutcher Postbezirk (North German Confederation).

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

Image of #1 from David Olson.

FI ref: 20 Page credit: JA

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