Key: 3550  
Country:
Group: German
Volume: 37
Issued: 1061 Stamps / dead country
  
  
 

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Area - 471,649 sq.km; Capital - Berlin
The former German Empire, located in north central Europe, formerly known as the
NORTH GERMAN CONFEDERATION. Following the Franco-Prussian war in which France
was defeated, the German Empire came into existence in 1871 joined by BADEN,
BAVARIA and WURTTEMBERG, and later on also by HELIGOLAND (which was returned by
Great Britain in exchange for ZANZIBAR in Africa). The territory of ALSACE AND LORRAINE
was also annexed in 1871, returned to France in 1919 after World War I.
As an Empire, Germany initiated a colonial expansion which brought the acquisition
of territories in Africa - CAMEROON (KAMERUN), German East Africa (see TANGANYIKA),
German SOUTH WEST AFRICA, TOGO, in Oceania - CAROLINE ISLANDS,
MARSHALL ISLANDS, MARIANA ISLANDS, German SAMOA (WESTERN SAMOA),
German NEW GUINEA and KIAUTSCHOU in China.
After the defeat of Germany in World War I, it lost its overseas colonies and the European
territories of: DANZIG, MEMEL (KLAIPEDA), SAAR, Northern SCHLESWIG and UPPER SILESIA.
In 1919-1920 the German territories of RHINELAND, EUPEN AND MALMEDY
(see also EUPEN and MALMEDY separately) were occupied by the Belgian army,
to be temporarily reoccupied by Germany during World War II.
Germany also maintained overseas Post Offices in LEVANT, German P.O.,
CHINA, German P.O. and MOROCCO, German P.O..
Stamp issuing between 1872-1945. In 1923 inflation in Germany ran so high that
stamps face value had to be surcharged almost weekly, going up to fifty billion
marks. For stamps later than 1945 (after the defeat of Germany and the fall down
of the third Reich) see GERMANY, Zones.
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Inscriptions
DEUTSCHE REICHS-POST
REICHSPOST
DEUTSCHES REICH
DEUTSCHE NATIONAL VERSAMMLUNG
DEUTSCHE FLUGPOST in Gothic script
DEUTSCHES REICH in Gothic script
DEUTSCHES REICH overprinted in Gothic script on stamps of Bavaria
DEUTSCHES REICH overprinted in Gothic script on stamps of Wurttemberg
DEUTSCHES REICH overprinted in Gothic script on stamps of Danzig
DEUTSCHE
GROSSDEUTSCHES REICH
INSELPOST overprinted on stamps of Germany

Index
GERMANY
      Empire 1871-1918
      Republic 1918-1933
      Newspaper Stamps
      Military Fieldpost Stamps
      Official Stamps
 
Currency
30 Groschen = 1 Thaler
60 Kreuzer = 1 Gulden
100 Pfennig = 1 Mark (1875)
100 Rentenpfennig = 1 Rentenmark (1923)
100 Pfennig = 1 Reichsmark (1928)
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Related Countries

NORTH GERMAN CONFEDERATION
North German Confederation

BADEN
Baden

BAVARIA
Bavaria

WURTTEMBERG
Wurttemberg

HELIGOLAND
Heligoland

ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar

ALSACE AND LORRAINE
Alsace And Lorraine

CAMEROON (KAMERUN)
Cameroon (kamerun)

TANGANYIKA
Tanganyika

SOUTH WEST AFRICA
South West Africa

SOUTH WEST AFRICA
South West Africa

TOGO
Togo

CAROLINE ISLANDS
Caroline Islands

MARSHALL ISLANDS
Marshall Islands

MARIANA ISLANDS
Mariana Islands

SAMOA (WESTERN SAMOA)
Samoa (western Samoa)

NEW GUINEA
New Guinea

KIAUTSCHOU
Kiautschou

DANZIG
Danzig

MEMEL (KLAIPEDA)
Memel (klaipeda)

SAAR
Saar

SCHLESWIG
Schleswig

UPPER SILESIA
Upper Silesia

RHINELAND
Rhineland

EUPEN AND MALMEDY
Eupen And Malmedy

EUPEN
Eupen

MALMEDY
Malmedy

LEVANT, German P.O.
Levant, German P.o.

CHINA, German P.O.
China, German P.o.

MOROCCO, German P.O.
Morocco, German P.o.

GERMANY, Zones
Germany, Zones