The lowest value in normal format, the higher values in large, horizontal., rectangular format. Design as before, but now with the large format also perforated 14. Watermark horizontal webbing. No.17 in sheets of 101) the rest in 50’s.
Serial No. Michel No. Value Colour
17 133 25 Mark Light blue
18 134 50 Mark Orange
19 135 100 Mark Red
20 136 250 Mark Sepia
21 137 500 Mark Carmine
No.17 2,895,400 No.20 967,850
No.18 989,500 No.21 984.000
18th October 1923
New design aeroplane in posthorn. horizontal format, normal size, watermark horizontal webbing, perforated 14. Sheets of 100 stamps. Valid until 2nd November 1923. Because of the then advancing inflation the two highest values were made up by overprinting the lowest values.
Serial No. Michel No. Value
22 177 250.000 Mark
23 178 500.000 Mark
24 179 2 Million on 100,000 Mark
25 180 5 Million on 50,000 Mark
The colour of all the stamps is red and the overprint black.
No.22 936,900 No.24 1,180,000
No.23 948.900 No.25 1,184.900
The high numbers issued and the short period of use (only until 2nd November 1923) led directly to a widespread incidence on this issue of favour and forged cancellations. Genuinely used stamps are as scarce on cover as they are loose, on flown covers they are an outstanding rarity.
The known printing error 5 Million on 10,000 Mark (position 73 in the sheet) came into being because of the insertion of an incorrect cliché in the printing plate. As this only occurs once in each sheet, there were 11,849 examples of this. It was avidly collected in blocks of nine. The likelihood of getting a genuinely used example is however quite hopeless.
The clichés for the overprint on Nos. 23 and 25 were made of very inferior material, and thus many breaks and plate faults arose. This issue is thus very interesting.
Danzig Report Vol. 1 - Nr. 62 - January - February - March - 1989, Page 11.
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