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Republic of German Austria: varieties and types of postage stamps


December 1918 – 1919. Austrian stamps of 1916/17 overprinted Deutschösterreich in letterpress.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINT Field number
I German-Austria 1919 postage stamp overprint flaw: letter s in Deutschösterreich bent to the right The second letter s in Deutschösterreich bent to the right.
Note: the flaw appears on multiple denominations.
  • 3 heller: 35
  • 5 heller: 35, 100
  • 6 heller: 100
  • 10 heller: 35
  • 12 heller: 100
  • 15 heller: 100
  • 20 heller: 35
  • 30 heller: 35
  • 50 heller: 100
  • 60 heller: 35
  • 80 heller: 100
  • 90 heller: 35, 100

 

15 May 1919. Special delivery stamps of 1917 overprinted Deutschösterreich in letterpress.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINT
5 heller, deep green Field number
I German-Austria 1919 special delivery postage stamp overprint flaw German-Austria 1919 Mercury stamp error
  • white dot in letter e
  • letter u broken
?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
2 heller, claret
1 Broken letter D in Deutschösterreich. German-Austria 1919 special delivery stamp overprint flaw: Broken letter D in Deutschösterreich
2 Dot in letter D in Deutschösterreich. German-Austria 1919 special delivery stamp overprint flaw: Dot in letter D in Deutschösterreich
Also on 5 heller stamp
5 heller, deep green
1 Letter D in Deutschösterreich broken at the base. German-Austria 1919 special delivery  stamp overprint flaw: D in Deutschösterreich broken at the base
2 Dot in letter D in Deutschösterreich. German-Austria 1919 special delivery stamp overprint flaw: Dot in letter D in Deutschösterreich
Also on 2 heller stamp
3 Left vertical stroke of letter u damaged from inside. German-Austria 1919 postage stamp overprint flaw: letter u in Deutschösterreich damaged

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Printer’s block at the bottom. German-Austria 1919 special delivery stamp printer's block

 

1919 – 1920. Definitive issue. Printed in letterpress. Perforation comb 12½.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
10 heller, red Field number
I German-Austria 1919 postage stamp flaw: White dot between numeral 1 and zero in denomination White dot between numeral 1 and zero in denomination. ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
50 heller, dark blue
1 White spot left to the numeral 5. German-Austria postage stamp flaw: White spot left to the numeral 5

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
15 heller, bister
1 Perforation error. German-Austria postage stamp flaw: perforation variety

 

1919 – 1921. Definitive issue: parliament building. Printed in line engraving on granite paper.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I German-Austria postage stamp flaw: Engraver's name missing Engraver’s name below the bottom frame missing.
Note: appears on multiple values: 2, 4 and 20 krone, also on overprinted stamps:

  • for the victims of flooding (1 March 1921).
?

 

1920 – 1921. Newspaper stamps: Mercury. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100 (10×10) on two types of papers: ordinary white and thick grayish. Imperforate.

German-Austria Mercury newspaper stamp privately perforated Due to the difficulties in production, the stamps were issued imperforate. Part of circulation was perforated by privately held companies.

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
6 heller, light blue
1 White spot on right wing of Mercury’s helmet. German-Austria Mercury newspaper stamp flaw 6 heller white spot on right wing
60 heller, dark carmine
1 White spot between letters t and u in Zeitungsmarke. German-Austria Mercury newspaper stamp flaw spot between letters t and u in Zeitungsmarke

 

1920 – 1921. Definitive issue: coat of arms. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100 stamps (10 x 10). Perforation comb 12½. Two types of papers: white and thick gray.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
1 krone, dark brown Field number
I German-Austria coat of arms stamp flaw: feathers on the left wing bound by thick white spot (H-Marke) Feathers on the left wing bound by thick white spot (so called “H-Marke”). ?
10 krone, ultramarine and blue Field number
I German-Austria coat of arms stamp flaw: 10 krone, short vertical lines on the lower part of the shield Short vertical lines on the lower part of the shield. ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 krone, dark brown
1 Similar to the “H-Marke” but feathers bound by a thin line. German-Austria Mercury newspaper stamp flaw:

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
10 krone, ultramarine and blue
1 Shifted print phases (ultramarine print phase stading higher or lower). German-Austria coat of arms stamp error: shifted print phases

 

Postage dues


POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Letters N and a in Nachmarke damaged. German-Austria postage due stamp overprint flaw: Nachmarke

 

Bibliography


  1. ANK “Austria” Netto – Katalog, 42. Auflage 1987/88, ASCAT
  2. Michel Österreich-Spezial 2011, Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, ISBN 978-387858-592-3