- Postage stamps and postal history of the North German Confederation
One of the functions of the
North German Confederationwas to handle the postage stamps, which it began doing on 1 January 1868. To accommodate the different monetary systems in use by the various states, it issued a series valued in groschenfor the Northern District, and another using kreuzerfor the Southern District, distinguishing them by framing the value number in a circle for the groschen stamps, and in an oval for the kreuzers. All of these stamps were inscribed "NORDDEUTSCHER POSTBEZIRK".
In addition, there was a special quarter-
schillingstamp for Hamburg, with the additional inscription "STADTPOSTBRIEF HAMBURG".
Early in 1869 the stamps were issued with
perforations, the previous issues having been rouletted. On 1 March, 10 gr and 30 gr values were issued, notable for being printed on goldbeater's skin, a scheme to prevent reuse of these high-value stamps.
Federation stamps were superseded on
1 January 1872by the first issues of the German Empire.
* Stuart Rossiter & John Flower, "The Stamp Atlas"
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.