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Europe/Germany : Germany 1900 to 1950 - how to identify legitimate cancels

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red-eric-1
25 Feb 2021
07:55:51am

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I'm currently working through a large accumulation of German stamps from the first 1/2 of the 20th century. Catalogue values for postally-used copies are typically much higher than for the same stamps in mint - which of course means that there is every incentive for people to fake cancels. I have read in the past that used material, especially from the inflation period, needs to be expertized. So, a couple of questions.

Are there any available references (or tricks of the trade) that will help me weed out at least some of the faked cancels?

Was faking cancels limited to the inflation period, or is it also common with other German issues from the period? (e.g. Germania issue)

Any help would be much appreciated.

Eric
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Opa
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25 Feb 2021
01:46:20pm
re: Germany 1900 to 1950 - how to identify legitimate cancels

I recommend "Infla Berlin"; these are a group of Experts who specialise in this area (Inflation). Here is the link below.

https://www.infla-berlin.de/01_Termine/Terminkalender.php


Their books are not to expenive and are not to complicated.

Postwar stamps like to have fake cancels on them as well. Probably more than inflation stamps.

The infla stamps will have a dull black oily to smeared to a black grey color.
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There are five types of cancelations within the inflaion period.

A circle:
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A double circle:
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Bouble circle with bridge: (Bridges can be open on various places)
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Same as above but with bars:
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And the Railroad cancel:
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There are exceptions for special and airmail cancels.

Airmail cancel 1923:
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Special cancerl with open bridge on both sides:
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I hope that helps a little.




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red-eric-1
25 Feb 2021
09:55:29pm

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re: Germany 1900 to 1950 - how to identify legitimate cancels

Thanks very much Opa. That is a big help!

Eric

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sheepshanks
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26 Feb 2021
10:32:30am
re: Germany 1900 to 1950 - how to identify legitimate cancels

Opa, do we assume that the examples you show are for genuine postmarks and not the forgeries?

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Opa
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26 Feb 2021
01:22:06pm
re: Germany 1900 to 1950 - how to identify legitimate cancels

I send all my used and variations or types to be expertised or bid on high end auctions. I think about 95% of my used infla are aproved.

Some stamps from above,
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It makes no sense to me to collect German inflation stamps and not have them approved or expertised. In Germany used inflation stamps have a catalog value (Michel) only if they are aprroved or experised. Further the expert must be a member of infla Berlin.

Here is an example of my collection. 1920 Germania in new colors.
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1923,
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Print from Plate,Missing a couple but I`m of high hopes.
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Here is a good rule, Every cancelation of the German inflation period is fake unless proven otherwise.










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