Germany-Allied Occ 1945 Definitives (Washington Print)

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue Date : 19 March 1945 - 31 October 1946
  • Designed by : William A. Roach (1888-1969) and Victor S. McCloskey, Jr.
  • Printed by : Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington D.C.
  • Print Process : Offset
  • Format : 19.2 x 22.4 mm
  • Perforations : 11 x 11
  • Paper : x - thick, smooth, pure-white paper with vivid image color, 0.11mm; y - thin, smooth, pure-white paper with vivid image color, 0.08-0.09mm; z - thick, coarse, cloudy, porous, fibrous, gray to brownish paper, duller image color, 0.10-0.12mm;
  • Denominations : 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 25 Pfennig
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Printing Format[edit]

The printing sheet consisted of four counter sheets each having 100 stamps in a 10 x 10 format with an unprinted 10 mm inside gutter between the counter sheets. Each counter sheet, above positions 1-6 or 91-96, on the outside gutter, had the inscription "Allied Military Postage Stamps - Germany x Pfennig" and above positions 8-9 or 98-99 "PL. xxxxx". There are small cut lines in the outside margins between the counter sheets which aided in the separation of the large printing sheet into counter sheets. The 12 Pfennig had cutting lines running the entire width and height of the printing sheet on Plates 46582 and 46583.

Plate Numbers

  • 3 Pfennig 45865
  • 4 Pfennig 45866
  • 5 Pfennig 45867
  • 6 Pfennig 45868
  • 8 Pfennig 45869
  • 10 Pfennig 45870
  • 12 Pfennig Mi.7z & x 45871, Mi.7zaa 46582, Mi.7zab 46583
  • 15 Pfennig 45872
  • 25 Pfennig 45873
Upper Left Counter Sheet Inscription Block
Upper Left Counter Sheet Plate Block
Upper Right Counter Sheet Inscription Block
Upper Right Counter Sheet Plate Block

Catalog Listed Plate Errors[edit]

3 Pfennig[edit]

Mi.1I
Mi.1II Teilauflage
Mi.1III
Mi.1IV
Mi.1V
Mi.1VI
Mi.1VII
Arge 1/67
  • Mi.1I - Left trellis next to NN with break (Field 58 lower right pane)
  • Mi.1II - Large white dot to the left and middle of the left 3 (Field 3, Teilauflage, upper left pane)
  • Mi.1III - Line over U in DEUTSCHLAND notched (Field 18 upper left pane)
  • Mi.1IV - M from AM with upper left break (Field 19 upper right pane)
  • Mi.1V - Small colored spot in left E and in second N in right PFENNIG (Field 50 upper left pane)
  • Mi.1VI - Left upper ornament broken (Field 36 lower right pane)
  • Mi.1VII - N and G from right PFENNIG connected with white line (Field 95 upper right pane)
  • Arge AM POST 1/67 - White streak right of T from POST (Field 67 lower left pane)