Friday, November 15, 1850.
Imperforate, watermark 162 (Laurel wreath), engraved.Printed by ???.
|Description||# issued||Scott #|
|November 15, 1850|
|6 pfenning (½ silbergroschen) red orange||9 million||2|
|12 pfenning (1 silbergroschen) black on rose||26 million||3|
|24 pfenning (2 silbergroschen) black on blue||9 million||4|
|36 pfenning (3 silbergroschen) black on yellow||9 million||5|
|4 pfenning yellow green||?||1|
Prussia was a large postal entity. In 1850 there were 1,721 post offices. 1,987 ring number cancels were originally issued, mainly in alphabetical order.
Prussia was the first German State to use watermarks as protection agains counterfeits.
The first issue differs from the second in these traits:
- The first issue is on colored paper, except for Scott #1
- The first issue is engraved, the second is typographed.
- The first issue has a background of crossed lines, the second has a solid background.
- The first issue is spaced about 1 mm. apart, the second is spaced about 3.5 mm. apart.
As of January 1, 1868 Prussia used stamps of Norddeutcher Postbezirk (North German Confederation).
Get an overview of Germany and German States 1849 - 1872.
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