Soviet Occupation of Germany: the Saxony Province


10 October 1945. Definitive issue: Coat of Arms.

Types

TYPES
5 pf., green Field number
I Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province Coat of Arms postage stamp plate flaw White circle on right numeral 5. 14, 19, 64, 69

 

Possible constant or coincidental varieties

POSSIBLE CONSTANT OR COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Upper serif of the first letter S in SACHSEN prolonged. Soviet occupation of Germany Saxony Province stamp error Upper serif of the first letter S in SACHSEN prolonged.
1 Rosette below the second letter S in SACHSEN broken. Soviet occupation of Germany Saxony Province stamp error Rosette below the second letter S in SACHSEN broken.

 

November/December 1945. Definitive issue: Coat of Arms.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT OR COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Rosette left from the coat of arms broken. Soviet occupation of Germany Saxony Province stamp error Rosette left from the coat of arms broken.

 

17 December 1945. Definitive issue: Land Reform.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
6 pf., green Field number
I Soviet occupation of Germany Saxony Province postage stamp plate flaw Land Reform Big colored spot in the sky below 1 and 9 in 1945. 40

 

19 January – 21 February 1945. Semi-postal issue: Reconstruction. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 70 (10 x 7). Perforation comb 13¼:13 and imperforate.

Constant varieties

CONSTANT VARIETIES
6 + 4 pf., green Field number
I Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp plate flaw Prolonged lower serif on the first letter A in SACHSEN. Prolonged lower serif on the first letter A in SACHSEN. 12 B
II Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp plate flaw Colored spot above 4. Colored spot above 4. 46
12 + 8 pf., red Field number
I Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp plate flaw Right leg of the second A in WIEDERAUFBAU broken. Right leg of the second A in WIEDERAUFBAU broken. 5 (C)
II Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp plate flaw Colored dot on top frame above the large cloud. Colored dot on top frame above the large cloud. 10, 29 (B)
III Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp plate flaw Retouched hole below the bridge. Retouched hole below the bridge. 18 (D)
IV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp plate flaw Second horizontal line from top, between numerals 1 and 2 broken
  • Second horizontal line from top, between numerals 1 and 2 broken.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Worker’s head connected to crane wire.
19 (D)
V Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp plate flaw Horizontal lines between 8 and clouds broken. Horizontal lines between 8 and clouds broken. 48 (C)

 

Types

TYPES
6 + 4 pf., green Field number
I Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored spot on the left window frame of the right window. Colored spot on the left window frame of the right window. 43, 48 (A+B)
II Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored line instead of a dot below the ladder.
  • Colored line instead of a dot below the ladder.
  • Two lines above and one below railing line behind the mason broken.
  • Upper right corner deformed.
1, 6 (A+B); 51, 56 (B)
III Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dot on the wall, top left from the large window. Colored dot on the wall, top left from the large window. 4, 9 (A+B); 54+59 (B)
IV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dot at the crossing of the ladder and top railing. Colored dot at the crossing of the ladder and top railing. 5, 10 (A+B); 55+60 (B)
V Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Lower frame of the box containing a brick trowel connected to the frame.
  • Lower frame of the box containing a brick trowel connected to the frame.
  • Horizontal line left from the vertical scaffolding rod shorter.
11, 16 (A+B); 61, 66 (B)
VI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dot below side window above pile of sand. Colored dot below side window above pile of sand. 12, 17 (A+B); 62, 67 (B)
VII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored spot on scaffolding rod above letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU. Colored spot on scaffolding rod above letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU. 13 (A); 13, 18, 63, 68 (B)
VIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Horizontal lines inside numeral 6 missing.
  • Horizontal lines inside numeral 6 missing.
  • Horizontal line above chimney ends before touching the left frame.
  • Colored dot on the right frame, approx. 6,5 mm from the bottom.
14, 19 (A+B); 64, 69 (B)
IX Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Horizontal line right from chimney broken.
  • Horizontal line right from chimney broken.
  • Ladder broken next to the mason’s right knee.
15, 20 (A+B); 65, 70 (B)
X Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Dot on brick trowel. Hammer edge broken.
  • Dot on brick trowel.
  • Hammer edge broken.
  • Additional colored dots below ladder.
21, 26 (A+B)
XI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Second horizontal line in 6 short (only a dot).
  • Second horizontal line in 6 short (only a dot).
  • Second horizontal line above downstroke of numeral 4 broken.
22, 27 (A+B)
XII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Upper right corner lightly sloping. Upper right corner lightly sloping. 25, 30 (A+B)
XIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dot on the box containing a hammer.
  • Colored dot on the box containing a hammer.
  • Colored spot below the second letter A in WIEDERAUFBAU.
  • Ladder broken next to horizontal scaffolding rod.
  • Rearmost vertical scaffolding rod broken.
32, 27 (A+B); 52+57 (A)
XIV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Second horizontal line in 6 shorter. Second horizontal line in 6 shorter. 34, 39 (A+B); 54, 59 (A)
XV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Hammer handle broken.
  • Hammer handle broken.
  • Colored spot on the lower right border of the box containing the hammer.
  • Small colored dot right from the leftmost window.
35, 40 (A+B); 55+60 (A)
XVI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dot on top of the box containing a hammer. Colored dot on top of the box containing a hammer. 41, 46 (A+B); 61, 66 (A)
12 + 8 pf., red Field number
I Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU shorter.
  • Additional tiny dot in the water right from the first pillar.
1, 6 (C+D); 51, 56 (D)
II Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Horizontal line at the top left from numeral 8 broken.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
  • Horizontal line at the top left from numeral 8 broken.
2, 7 (C+D); 52, 57 (D)
III Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Serf on top of horizontal stroke of letter N in PROVINZ. White dot on the right pillar.
  • Serf on top of horizontal stroke of letter N in PROVINZ.
  • White dot on the right pillar.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Line below numeral 1 thicker.
3, 8 (C+D); 53, 58 (D)
IV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Second horizontal line from top, between numerals 1 and 2 broken.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
4, 9 (C+D); 54, 59 (D)
V Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
5, 10 (C+D); 55, 60 (D)
VI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU shorter.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Tiny colored dot left from the lamp.
  • Water reflection below the bridge broken.
  • Indentation in shading on the left pillar.
  • Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU shorter.
11, 16 (C+D); 61, 66 (D)
VII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dot on bottom frame below letter N in SACHSEN. Colored dot on bottom frame below letter N in SACHSEN. 12, 17 (C+D); 62, 67 (D)
VIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU broken. Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Dot on the large cloud slightly larger.
13, 18 (C+D); 63, 68 (D)
IX Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Second horizontal line from top, between numerals 1 and 2 broken
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Second horizontal line from top, between numerals 1 and 2 broken.
  • Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU shorter.
  • Horizontal line between plus sign and 8 broken.
  • Dot (water reflection) below the first pillar missing.
  • Top lower part of crane boom broken.
14, 19 (C+D); 64, 69 (D)
X Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Additional dot in water next to the right pillar
  • Additional dot in water next to the right pillar.
  • Dot (water reflection) below the first pillar missing.
  • Crane boom uneven at top.
  • Tiny breach in first line from top between numerals 1 and 2.
15, 20 (C+D); 65, 70 (D)
XI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Line below numeral 1 broken
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
  • Line below numeral 1 broken.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU touches the cloud with a dot.
  • Horizontal line between plus sign and 8 thicker.
  • Second horizontal line from top on the left side broken.
  • Indentation and a dot on the left pillar.
21,26
XII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
22, 27 (C+D)
XIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
23, 28 (C+D)
XIV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Line below numeral 1 thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Line below numeral 1 thicker.
  • Tiny dot on the second horizontal line below letter W in WIEDERAUFBAU, close to the left frame.
  • Right side of the second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU prolonged and twisted outwards.
  • Upper frame slightly bent downwards at the top right corner.
24, 29 (C+D)
XV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Missing dot below the first pillar
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Dot (water reflection) below the first pillar missing.
  • Missing dot below the first pillar.
  • Colored dot between numerals 1 and 2.
  • White dot in the shade below the bridge.
  • Horizontal line below crane wire broken.
25, 30 (C+D)
XVI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Scratch on operators cab
  • Vertical scratches between 8 and the cloud on the right.
  • Colored dot on the horizontal line between the + sign and 8.
  • The second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU deformed.
  • Scratch on operators cab.
  • Scratch on the hill below the bridge and the first horizontal line below (water reflection) broken.
  • Colored dot below the second wooden pillar from the right missing.
31, 36 (C+D); 51, 56 (C)
XVII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Horizontal lines between 8 and the right cloud broken.
  • The second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU ends with a twist.
  • Cloud outline not touching the left frame.
32, 37 (C+D); 52, 57 (C)
XVIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Small indentation on crane boom
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Small indentation on crane boom.
  • Tiny additional dot in water next to the left pillar.
33, 38 (C+D); 53, 58 (C)
XIX Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dots above numeral 2
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Line below numeral 1 thicker.
  • Colored dots above numeral 2.
  • Dot on horizontal line between the plus sign and 8.
  • Horizontal line below the bridge (water reflection) broken.
  • Frame above letter N in PROVINZ uneven.
34, 39 (C+D); 54, 59 (C)
XX Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Small dot inside letter P in PROVINZ
  • Small dot inside letter P in PROVINZ.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Residue on the upper right corner.
  • Colored dot below the second wooden pillar from the right missing.
35, 40 (C+D); 55, 60 (C)
XXI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored spots on the right pillar below the bridge
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Line below numeral 1 broken.
  • Additional tiny dot in the water right from the first pillar.
  • Colored spots on the right pillar below the bridge.
41, 46 (C+D); 61, 66 (C)
XXII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Colored dot on the horizontal line between the plus sign and 8
  • Additional dot on the 6th wooden pillar from the right.
  • Colored dot on the horizontal line between the + sign and 8.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Line below numeral 1 thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU longer.
42, 47 (C+D); 62, 67 (C)
XXIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU somewhat longer
  • Horizontal line between numerals 1 and 2 broken.
  • Addition dot in the cloud, next to the right frame.
  • Horizontal line between plus sign and 8 thicker.
  • Line below numeral 1 broken.
  • Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU somewhat longer.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
43, 48 (C+D); 63, 68 (C)
XXIV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Line below numeral 1 thicker
  • Line below numeral 1 thicker.
  • Right horizontal stroke of second letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU somewhat longer.
44, 49 (C+D); 64, 69 (C)
XXV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud
  • Upper right corner extended outwards.
  • Second horizontal line below letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU not touching the cloud.
  • Horizontal line below letters I and E in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
  • Horizontal line below letter R in WIEDERAUFBAU thicker.
45, 50 (C+D); 65, 70 (C)
42 + 28 pf., violet Field number
I Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Additional vertical pipe on engine's boiler
  • Letter B in WIEDERAUFBAU damaged at top.
  • Window lines above engine’s cab thicker.
  • Additional vertical pipe on engine’s boiler.
1, 6; 51 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 56 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
II Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type line above gas hose broken
  • Line above gas hose broken.
  • Vertical window line below numeral 2 in 42 thicker.
3, 8; 53 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 58 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
III Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Railing below numeral 8 broken Railing below numeral 8 broken. 4, 9; 54 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 59 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
IIIa Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Railing below numeral 8 broken. Numeral 4 connected to ceiling line.
  • Railing below numeral 8 broken.
  • Numeral 4 connected to ceiling line.
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IV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Letters S and A in SACHSEN connected by a dot
  • Letters S and A in SACHSEN connected by a dot.
  • The first ceiling line in the upper left corner not connected to the frame.
  • Tiny colored dot on the line right from numeral 2 in 42.
  • Line above gas hose broken.
  • Window frames above the right engine broken.
  • Line above the top railings broken (close to the right frame).
5, 10; 55 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 60 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
V Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Bulge in first letter S in SACHSEN
  • Bulge in first letter S in SACHSEN.
  • Window lines above engine’s cab thicker.
  • Horizontal line below the hook (above the second engine) thicker.
11, 16; 61 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 66 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
VI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Engine's boiler outline left from the engine's front window broken
  • Engine’s boiler outline left from the engine’s front window broken.
  • Window lines above engine’s cab thicker.
  • Indentation in top frame at upper right corner.
12, 17; 62 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 67 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
VII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type First letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU damaged in the middle
  • First letter E in WIEDERAUFBAU damaged in the middle.
  • Line above gas hose broken.
  • Vertical lines below the engine’s side window connected.
  • Vertical window line below numeral 2 in 42 thicker.
13, 18; 63 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 68 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
VIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Frame of the large window behind standing worker's head broken
  • Frame of the large window behind standing worker’s head broken.
  • The first ceiling line in the upper left corner not connected to the frame.
  • Colored dot on vertical windows below numeral 2 in 42.
  • Colored dot between the first and the second shading line on engine’s boiler.
  • Indentation at the lower left corner.
14, 19; 64 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 69 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
IX Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Vertical lines below the engine's side window connected
  • Vertical lines below the engine’s side window connected.
  • Colored triangle between side rod and the first large wheel.
  • Line above gas hose broken.
  • Window lines above engine’s cab thicker.
  • Top left corner flattened.
  • Top right corner extended.
  • Colored dot above railway symbol in the lower left box.
  • Colored dot below the lower left box.
  • Bulge inside first letter S in SACHSEN.
15, 20; 65 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 70 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)
X Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Bulge on first letter S in SACHSEN
  • Bulge on first letter S in SACHSEN.
  • Top shading line on engine’s boiler broken.
  • Right side of the first letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU larger.
21, 26
XI Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Vertical lines below the engine's side window connected
  • Vertical lines below the engine’s side window connected.
  • Line above letter I in WIEDERAUFBAU broken.
22, 27
XII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Top shading line on engine's boiler broken
  • Top shading line on engine’s boiler broken.
  • Second ceiling line in the upper left corner not touching the frame, two bulges on the frame.
  • Dotted line between two engines shorter.
  • Letters E and A in WIEDERAUFBAU with dots on top.
  • Finishing stroke of the first letter U in WIEDERAUFBAU shorter.
23, 28
XIII Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Second letter S in SACHSEN thin at the bottom
  • Second letter S in SACHSEN thin at the bottom.
  • Letters E and F in WIEDERAUFBAU with dots on top.
  • Second shading line from the bottom on engine’s boiler broken.
  • Top shading line on engine’s boiler broken.
  • Ceiling line below the plus sign thicker.
  • Ceiling line below the plus sign thicker.
  • Bulge on numeral 2 in 42.
24, 29
XIV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type Post horn broken on top. Indentation in numeral 8.
  • Post horn broken on top.
  • Indentation in numeral 8.
35, 40; 55, 60
XV Soviet occupation zone Germany Saxony Province stamp type somewhat thicker top frame above numeral 8 Somewhat thicker top frame above numeral 8. 45, 50; 70 (A-4, A-5, B-2); 65 (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1)

 

Possible constant or coincidental varieties

POSSIBLE CONSTANT OR COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Colored dot on the wall, left from the large window to the right. Soviet occupation of Germany Saxony Province stamp error Colored dot on the wall, left from the large window to the right.

 

Bibliography


  1. Michel Deutschland-Spezial 2005, Band 2: Ab Mai 1945 (Alliierte Besetzung bis BRD), Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 3-87858-145-9