Territory of the Saar Basin (Saargebiet)


29 January 1920 – 1 March 1920. Definitive issue. German stamps with black overprint “Sarre” and horizontal canceling bar over country’s name. Overprint in letterpress.

TYPES OF OVERPRINTS
Germany Sarre postage stamp overprint types 1 3
Types I and III
Germany Sarre postage stamp overprint type 2
Type II
Type I (31 January 1920):

  • large letters, inscription Sarre 10,7 mm long,
  • without control line below canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH.

Type II (28 February 1920):

  • large letters, inscription Sarre 10,7 mm long,
  • thin control line below the canceling bar.

Type III (1 March 1920):

  • smaller letters, inscription Sarre 10,5 mm long,
  • thin control line below the canceling bar.

 

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF TYPE I OVERPRINT
I A Germany Sarre postage stamp Type I A overprint Type I, A:

  • like Type I,
  • canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH vertically split in the middle.

On values: 2, , 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I B Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp type canceling bar split in the middle Type I, B:

  • like Type I,
  • canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH horizontally split.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I D Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp type canceling bar split to quarters Type I, D:

  • like Type I,
  • canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH vertically split: ¾ : ¼.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I E Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp type lower part of canceling bar damaged Type I, E:

  • like Type I,
  • canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH horizontally split, lower part damaged to the left.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I F Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp type top left corner of canceling bar damaged Type I, F:

  • like Type I,
  • canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH damaged to the top left corner.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I G Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp type bottom right corner of canceling bar damaged Type I, G:

  • like Type I,
  • bottom right corner of canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH damaged.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I KI Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter e in Sarre damaged Type I, KI:

  • like Type I,
  • horizontal stroke in letter e of Sarre damaged.

On values: 2, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 35, 60, 80 pfennig.

I KII Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter e in Sarre broken Type I, KII:

  • like Type I,
  • horizontal stroke in letter e of Sarre damaged and letter e broken on top.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I L Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter S flat on top Type I, L:

  • like Type I,
  • Letter S in Sarre flat on top.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I M Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter S in SARRE open on top Type I, M:

  • like Type I,
  • letter S in Sarre open on top.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I N Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter a in Sarre broken on top Type I, N:

  • like Type I,
  • first letter a in Sarre open on top.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I P Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter S deformed Type I, P:

  • like Type I,
  • letter S in Sarre deformed on top.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I QI Germany Sarre postage stamp type Q 1 overprint Type I, QI:

  • like Type I,
  • letter e in Sarre vertically broken.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I QII Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw upper curve of letter S damaged Type I, QII:

  • like Type I,
  • upper curve of letter S in Sarre damaged to the left.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

I SI Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw second letter r damaged on top Type I, SI:

  • like Type I,
  • top right part of the second letter r in Sarre missing.

On values: 2, 2½, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 pfennig.

I SII Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter r damaged letter S broken Type I, SII:

  • like Type I,
  • top right part of the second letter r in Sarre missing and top curve of letter S broken.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF TYPE II OVERPRINT
II A Sarre Germany Type II A overprint Type II, A:

  • like Type II,
  • canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH vertically split in the middle.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 40, 50 pfennig.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF TYPE III OVERPRINT
III V Germany Sarre postage stamp Type III V overprint Type III, V:

  • like Type III,
  • canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH bevelled on the right side.

On values: 2, , 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

III X Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw canceling bar damaged to bottom left Type III, X:

  • like Type III,
  • bottom left corner of canceling bar over DEUTSCHES REICH damaged.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

III Y Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw letter S damaged on top Type III, Y:

  • like Type III,
  • letter S damaged on top.

On values: 2, 2½, 3, 5, 7½, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 80 pfennig.

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Inscription Sarre and canceling bar misaligned. Germany Sarre postage stamp misaligned overprint error
2 Indentation at the bottom of canceling bar (in the center). Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error A Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error B Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error C
3 Thin sloping crack on the left side of canceling bar. Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error crack in canceling bar
4 Letter S in Sarre flat on top, small crack in canceling bar. Found on field 15. Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw S damaged to top, crack in canceling bar example 1 Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint flaw S damaged to top, crack in canceling bar, example 2
5 Letter S in Sarre broken, overprint heavily deformed. Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error deformed overprint

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Traces of a printing block. Germany Sarre stamp printing block overprint error Germany Sarre stamp traces of printing block overprint error Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error printing block
2 Shifted overprint. Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error shifted overprint Germany 1920 SARRE postage stamp overprint error vertically shifted overprint

 

10 April 1920. Definitive issue. Stamps of Germany overprinted in letterpress with black overprint “SAARGEBIET”.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Germany Saargebiet stamp Lower stroke of letter S in SAARGEBIET missing Lower stroke of letter S in SAARGEBIET missing. 53, Plate 1, partially

 

1920. Definitive issue. Stamps of Germany overprinted in letterpress with black overprint “SAARGEBIET”.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Additional space between the last two letters: SAARBEBIE T. Germany Saargebiet stamp overprint flaw

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Gone through paper print. Germany Saargebiet stamp gone trough paper print flaw Germany Saargebiet postage stamp
2 Deformed letters due to overinking: G like B – SAARBEBIET. Germany Saargebiet stamp overprint error overinking

 

4-5 February 1921. Definitive issue. New denomination value on overprinted stamps of previous issues.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Broken rosette on the right. Germany Saargebiet stamp broken rosette
2 Thick line below letters GEBIE of SAARGEBIET. Germany Saargebiet stamp thick line below GEBIE

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Shifted overprints. Germany Saargebiet stamp shifted overprint error Germany Saargebiet stamp shifted overprint flaw

 

19 February – 21 April 1921. Definitive issue. Saar scenery (I).

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White dot in the sky to the right from the mountain peek. Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp White dot in the sky

 

30 April – July 1921. Definitive issue. Saar scenery (I) overprinted with new denomination in francs.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Incision in the upper curve of numeral 3. Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp overprint error

 

1922. Definitive issue. Saar scenery (II).

CONSTANT VARIETIES
10 cents, dark green Field number
I Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp Color dot in the second letter A Color dot in the second letter A in SAARGEBIET. 65
II Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp color dot in the second vertical stroke of letter B Color dot in the second vertical stroke of letter B in SAARGEBIET. 100
1 franc, red brown Field number
I Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp number 1 franc damaged Denomination number 1 damaged on top. 17

 

September-October 1923. Definitive issue. Saar scenery (III).

CONSTANT VARIETIES
25 cents, red lilac and red yellow Field number
I Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp Letter S in SAARGEBIET with cedilla Letter S in SAARGEBIET with cedilla. 50

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
25 cents
1 White dot in the ornament in the lower right corner. Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp White dot in the ornament
1 Colored dot between the first and the second horizontal line above letter e in Cent. Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp colored dot between horizontal lines
2 Colored dot on the second horizontal line in front of the tower’s entrance. Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp Colored dot in front of the tower's entrance
75 cents
1 Colored line in the center of the left frame. Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp colored dot near the left frame

 

9 April 1925. Definitive issue. Madonna from Blieskastel.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp Horizontal stroke of letter T in SAARGEBIET broken Horizontal stroke of letter T in SAARGEBIET broken to the right. 51

 

1926/27. Saar scenery (II). Printed in sheets of 50 (5X5+5X5) with horizontal or vertical gutter.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
50 cents Field number
I Germany Saargebiet scenery postage stamp plate flaw: circle Additional circle on the ornament in the upper right corner.
Also on stamp with overprint DIENSTMARKE.
14, 39

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Colored dot between two letters A in SAARGEBIET. Germany Saargebiet postage stamp error Colored dot between two letters A in SAARGEBIET

 

15 April 1930. Saar scenery (VI), Montader. Printed in sheets of 50 (5X5+5X5) with horizontal gutter.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Curvy ornament touching the hammer in the ornament in the lower left corner. Germany Saargebiet postage stamp error curvy ornament touching hammer
2 Colored spot on the crane to the right. Germany Saargebiet postage stamp error colored spot on the crane

 

Official stamps


TYPES OF OVERPRINTS
Germany Saargebiet official stamp overprint type 1 Germany Saargebiet official stamp type 2
Types I and II
Type I:

  • letters thicker,
  • middle horizontal line in letter E standing higher,
  • lower curve in letter S pointing upwards,
  • horizontal line in letter A well centered.

Type II:

  • letters thin,
  • middle horizontal line in letter E centered,
  • lower curve in letter S straight,
  • horizontal line in letter A standing lower.

 

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS Field number
I Germany Saargebiet official stamp overprint flaw incision on top of letter N in DIENSTMARKE Incision on top of letter N in DIENSTMARKE.
Overprint Type II only.
8

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Hole in the last letter E in DIENSTMARKE. Germany Saargebiet official stamp overprint error hole in letter E Germany Saargebiet official stamp overprint flaw letter E in DIENSTMARKE damaged

 

Bibliography


  1. Michel Deutschland-Spezial 2005, Band 1: 1849 bis April 1945. Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 3-87858-144-0