Germany Local Issues (1945-46)

Soviet Zone, OPD Chemnitz

Schwarzenberg

The Schwarzenburg "castle" overprints were created during the period when the so-called cork obliterations were in use in that district (May 5 to Aug. 8, 1945).

From May 5 until June 9 only cork marks were in use.


June 8 - Money Order

On June 10 the Type I Castle overprints were issued.  Cork obliterations continued to be valid.

Several different handstamps were used, and they each experienced different wear patterns.  Higher denominations (25 Pf. and up) used a larger handstamp, although the small version occasionally is found on these stamps as well.  Overprints are in black or blackish violet ink.

              
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The forgeries mostly have an incorrect base or are so crude as to be obvious:


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The Type II overprints were issued on July 23.  This overprint is distinguished by the word "Schwarzenberg" beneath the castle silhouette.  Again there are two sizes of the overprint as well as two overprint colors.

Two overprint dies can be distinguished:


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I have no certified forgeries of Type II, but I feel certain that the following are not genuine:

    
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