Bavaria: varieties and types of postage stamps


1850-58. Definitive issue. Denomination in a complete circle.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
9 kr., yellow green Field number
I Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Thin line above the lower part of the large numeral 9. Thin line above the lower part of the large numeral 9. ?

 

October 1881. Definitive issue. Coat of Arms.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Lower left corner broken. Germany Bavaria postage stamp error Lower left corner broken

 

October 1888. Definitive issue. Coat of Arms.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
3 pf., green Field number
I Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Straight line over numeral 3 in the upper left corner. Straight line over numeral 3 in the upper left corner. ?

 

1911. Definitive issue. Prince Regent Luitpold.

Pfennig denominationsMarks denominations

TYPES
Bavaria 1911 Luitpold pfennig postage stamp types 1 and 2
Types I and II
Bavaria 1911 Luitpold pfennig postage stamp type 3
Type III
Type I:

  • inscriptions on top thin,
  • loop of letter R in MAERZ small,
  • horizontal lines of letter E short and thin,
  • serifs of numerals barely visible.

Type II:

  • top inscriptions thick,
  • loop of letter R in MAERZ large,
  • horizontal lines of letter E long and thick,
  • serifs of numerals well visible.

Type III:

  • top inscriptions thick,
  • loop of letter R in MAERZ large,
  • horizontal lines of letter E short and thin,
  • serifs of numerals well visible.

Note: all pfennig denominations can be found in both Type I and Type II. Type I stamps were issued on 10 March 1911 and Type II in October 1911. Type III stamps were issued in May 1911, only 3, 5 and 10 pfennig stamps exist of this type.

Bavaria 1911 Luitpold marks postage stamp types 1 and 2
Types I an II
Type I:

  • first vertical line of letter N of BAYERN touching lower frame,
  • serifs of numerals 1 in 1911 barely visible.

Type II:

  • first vertical line of letter N of BAYERN separated from lower frame,
  • numerals thicker serifs of numerals 1 in 1911 well visible.

Note: all marks denominations can be found in both Type I and Type II. Type I stamps were issued on 10 March 1911 and Type II in October 1911.

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Scratches below zero in denomination number. Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Scratches below zero in denomination number

 

1919-20. Definitive issue. King Ludwig III stamps of 1914-15 overprinted Freistaat Bayern in letterpress.

TYPES
All pfennig values
Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Letter B of Bayern shifted to the right.
Types I and II
Type I: Regular alignment: letter B of Bayern exactly below letter F of Freistaat.
Type II: Letter B of Bayern shifted to the right. Type II appears on 4 fields in a sheet: 42, 47, 92, 97 or on 44, 49, 94, 99

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Large curved line and a dot on the underprint on the right side. Germany Bavaria postage stamp error Large curved line and a dot on the underprint on the right side

 

28 January 1920. Definitive issue. 3 pfennig Coat of Arms stamp overprinted with new value in letterpress.

TYPES
20 pf. on 3 pf., brown
Germany Bavaria 1920 postage stamp types
Types I and II
Type I: wider distance between left and right denominations 20 (5.8 – 6.8 mm).
Type II: shorter distance (3.5 – 5 mm).

 

1920. Definitive issue. Workers and Patrons of Bavaria.

 

CONSTANT VARIETIES
5 pf., yellow green Field number
I Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Dot between farmer’s shoulder and letter P if Pf. Dot between farmer’s shoulder and letter P if Pf. ?
20 pf., yellow green Field number
I Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Letter R in BAYERN deformed, looks like F. Letter R in BAYERN deformed, looks like F. 13, 18, 63, 68
II Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Vertical indentation in bottom frame below letter N of BAYERN.
Another example
Vertical indentation in bottom frame below letter N of BAYERN. ?
60 pf., blue green Field number
I Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw White dot above farmer’s left foot.
Another example
White dot above farmer’s left foot. ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
20 pf., violet
1 Letters E and R of BAYERN touching lower frame. Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Letters E and R of BAYERN touching lower frame
2 Lower right corner deformed. Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Lower right corner deformed
3 Letter R in BAYERN broken, looks like F, color smear on top frame. Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Letter R in BAYERN broken, looks like F, color smear on top frame
60 pf., blue green
1 White dot in front of farmer’s face and chunk of dirt below his feet. Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw White dot in front of farmer’s face and chunk of dirt below his feet
75 pf., lilac rose
1 White dot below letter N in BAYERN. Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw White dot below letter N in BAYERN

 

Official stamps


1920. Official stamps.

 

CONSTANT VARIETIES
1 ¼ m., green Field number
I Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Letter E in DIENSTMARKE damaged. Letter E in DIENSTMARKE damaged. ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
10 pf., orange
1 Letter Y in BAYERN damaged at the bottom. Germany Bavaria postage stamp plate flaw Letter Y in BAYERN damaged at the bottom

 

Bibliography


  1. Michel Deutschland-Spezial 2007, Band 1: 1849 bis April 1945. Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 978-3-87858-151-2