German occupation of Macedonia: types and varieties of postage stamps.
After Bulgarian retreat from the World War II, Macedonia was occupied by German forces. It was proclaimed independent on the 8th of September 1944 and a Government was formed. The State existed until German retreat on the 13th of November 1944.
The set of overprinted Bulgarian stamps was issued on the 28th of October 1944. To this date no postally used items with these stamps were found. The most of cancellations on original stamps are forged (the original contemporary postal cancel is in private possession), which is also the case with examples presented on this page.
1. Types of overprints
Types I (upper stamp) and II (lower stamp).
|15 Leva on 4 Leva
30 Leva on 14 leva
|There are two types of overprints on all stamps, that differ in numeral 9 in 1944. Type I appears twice in sheets of 1 Lev on 10 Stotinki and 3 Leva on 15 Sototinki, on fields 45 and 95. On all other values it appears only once, on 44th field.
Type I: lower strike in numeral 9 in 1944 pointing downwards.
Type II: lower strike pointing upwards.
2. Possible types of overprints
|POSSIBLE TYPES (not mentioned in literature)|
|6 Leva on 10 Stotinki, blue|
The first numeral 4 in 1944 narrow.
(Note the position: narrow 4 is above the 14th stamp.)
|Example 2||Possible types of overprint on stamp 6 Leva on 10 Stotinki: the second numeral 4 in 1944 thin.|
|20 Leva on 7 Leva, blue|
Vertical lines over denomination: thick-thin-thick.
Vertical lines over denomination: thick-thin-thin.
|There are differences in overprints on 20 Leva on 7 Leva stamp:
3. Constant varieties of overprints
4. Possible constant varieties
5. Coincidental varieties
|1 Lev on 10 stotinki, orange|
|3 Leva on 15 stotinki, blue|
|3||Underinking and overinking.|
|9 Leva on 15 stotinki, olive brown|
- Michel Deutschland-Spezial 2005, Band 1: 1849 bis April 1945. Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 3-87858-144-0