Germany Stamps Identification and Value Guide

German Empire Continued 1875-1900



Pfennige vs Pfennig

In 1875 German currency was standardized to pfennig and mark, and a series of stamps issued to reflect the new monetary units. The first printings of the new stamps, 1875-1877, use the value designation pfennige with a final "e" to indicate plural. This pluralization for currency was soon determined to be gramatically incorrect. In the subsequent printing of 1880-1883, the final "e" was eliminated. The earlier issues with the final "e" are less plentiful.



Germany Pfennige Numeral
Pfennige with Final "e"
Numeral in the Middle
Inscribed Deutsche Reichs Post
Type 6
1875-1877
Germany Pfennige Embossed Eagle
Pfennige with Final "e"
Embossed Eagle
Inscribed Deutsche Reichs Post
Type 7
1875-1877


1875-1877

Typographed. Unwatermarked. Perforated 13½x14½.

Denom.DescriptionMintUsed
3 pfennigblue green - type 6$65.00$5.75
5 pfennigviolet - type 6$105.00$3.25
10 pfennigrose - type 7$45.00$1.00
20 pfennigultramarine - type 7$520.00$1.25
25 pfennigchocolate brown - type 7$545.00$18.50
50 pfenniggrey - type 7$1380.00$12.75
50 pfennigdark grey - type 7$1670.00$13.75


A 2 mark stamp was issued in 1875, primarily for internal official use. This stamp is collected in many shade varieties.



Germany Numeral in Oval
Numeral in Oval
Inscribed Deutsche Reichs Post
Type 8
1875-1890


1875-1880

Typographed. Unwatermarked. Perforated 14½x13½.

Denom.DescriptionMintUsed
2 markpurple - type 8$430.00$135.00
2 markviolet purple - type 8$1610.00$70.00
2 markbrown purple - type 8$75.00$315.00
2 markrose lilac - type 8$1650.00$110.00
2 markcarmine - type 8$135.00$65.00


Germany Pfennig Numeral
Pfennig without Final "e"
Numeral in the Middle
Inscribed Deutsche Reichs Post
Type 9
1880-1883
Germany Pfennig Embossed Eagle
Pfennig without Final "e"
Embossed Eagle
Inscribed Deutsche Reichs Post
Type 10
1880-1883


1880-1883

Typographed. Unwatermarked. Perforated 13½x14½.

Denom.DescriptionMintUsed
3 pfenniggreen - type 9$3.50$0.85
5 pfennigviolet - type 9$1.60$0.85
10 pfennigred - type 10$9.25$0.85
20 pfennigultramarine - type 10$6.60$0.85
25 pfennigbrown - type 10$16.75$3.15
50 pfennigolive green - type 10$8.30$0.85


Germany Numeral in the Middle
Numeral in the Middle
Inscribed Reischspost
Type 11
1889-1900
Germany Eagle
Eagle
Inscribed Reischspost
Type 12
1889-1900


1889-1900

Typographed. Unwatermarked. Perforated 13½x14½.

Denom.DescriptionMintUsed
2 pfenniggrey - type 11$0.60$0.75
2 pfenniggrey - type 11 REIGHSPOST$65.00$160.00
3 pfenniggrey brown - type 11 $1.75$0.85
3 pfennigolive brown - type 11 $10.00$0.85
3 pfennigred brown - type 11 $57.50$9.25
5 pfennigblue green - type 11 $1.45$0.80
5 pfenniggreen - type 11 $165.00$5.50
10 pfennigcarmine - type 12 $1.75$0.80
20 pfennigultramarine - type 12 $8.35$0.80
20 pfennigprussian blue - type 12 $430.00$125.00
25 pfennigorange - type 12 $33.50$1.60
50 pfennigchocolate - type 12 $28.75$0.85
50 pfennigcopper brown - type 12 $345.00$10.50


These prices for German stamps are provided as a service to readers of The Stamp Collector website. They are derived from numerous sources such as dealer price lists, advertisements in philatelic publications, and public auction results. Use these values as a guideline for evaluating the reasonableness of dealer prices, setting up trades with other collectors, and estimating the worth of your collection. The value of an individual stamp is dependent on its centering and condition. The prices listed here are for well centered, undamaged stamps. A particularly nice example might sell for more than the amount listed, while a poor copy might be worth less.





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