Austria-Empire 1851 Newspaper

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Type IIIb, 26.1. BOE:LEIPA (Bohemia)
Description of the 1851 newspaper stamps
  • Issue Date: 1 January 1851
  • Designed by: Josef Axmann (1793-1851)
  • Printed by:
  • Print Process: on machine paper
  • Perforations: Imperforate
  • Watermark: none

K.K. ZEITUNGS POST STÄMPEL with a Mercury (Hermes) head, no face value but 3 colours. Müller, Ferchenbauer distinguish 3 Types (text variations). Long validity: until 31 May 1864.

Type I

ZEITUNGS looks like Grotesk script, thin Z. The points above A are placed in symmetry. Type Ib: the Ä has no horizontal line.

Blue shades (0,6 kr or 3 Cent)

0,6 kr blue Type Ib, linear used in Bohemia.

Yellow shades (6 kr or 30 Cent)

Gelber Merkur. Only in type Ib. An unused pair has been sold 262,900 CHF in October 2008 by Corinphila.

6 kr yellow Mi7
6 kr yellow unused, intense colour
6 kr on a 1856 newspaper. Proposed 10,000 DM in 1984.
Partial impression of its black oval cancellation (PRAG) O.P.A.ZTGS. EXPED:6/5, .. U

Rose shades (30 kr or 150 Cent)

Only in type Ib.

Unused Mi8*
DC cancelled in Upper Austria Mi8
Linear cancel Mi8

Type II in 1853

Grotesk script, large Z. The Ä has no horizontal line in type IIc.

Type IIc, circle used in Galicia.
Type IIc, linear LODI (Lombardy).

Type III in 1854

Antiqua script (see letters G and S in ZEITUNGS).

Type IIIa, circle in Galicia (Poland)
Type IIIa, circle in Lombardy (Italy)
Type IIIa, linear at UDINE in Venetia (Italy)
Type IIIa, linear BEOGRAD (Serbia)
Type IIIb, circle in Bohemia 26.1. BOE:LEIPA
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Above left rosette stark verstümmelt.

The red Zinnober Merkur in 1856

The most famous stamp of Austria-Empire. See Austria-Empire 1856 Newspaper

Reprints and forgeries


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SPERATI Forgeries

Giovanni (Jean) de Sperati (14 October 1884 – 28 April 1957) was an Italian stamp forger. Robson Lowe considered him an artist and even professional stamp authenticators of his time attested to the genuineness of his work. Sperati created what he called a Livre d'Or which he boasted of in his autobiography and which contained 239 favourable opinions as to the genuineness of his forgeries from numerous experts, including Dr. Edward Diena and the Royal Philatelic Society London.

His life's work
The stamp forgeries of Sperati are some of the best of the world. He created forgeries of the 10 cent black, one of the first United States postal issues, in 1847. It is possible to identify these forgeries by two small flaws. Many Sperati forgeries remain undetected. Sperati falsified the most valuable rarities of the stamp world. He did this with an inimitable precision. A Sperati forgery is far from worthless. They obtain high prices as special collectables. Sperati paid great attention to the accuracy of the postmark when falsifying the stamps. Therefore, postmarks found on his forgeries are limited to those of larger cities. Sperati's forgeries are currently valuable in the philatelic market. He probably produced more than 5,000 forgeries.

Yellow Merkur in miniature sheet format, below the brand image there is a delicate horizontal pressure skewer in the brand color.
Piece of letter with wrong single circle postmark MANTOVA 15/9

FRIEDL Forgeries

1895 suddenly there are quantities of used and unused stasmps, even blocks, strips and tete-beche pairs! And all of this at Austria's largest retailer, Sigmund Friedl, owner of the famous Viennese Stamp museum and publisher of the trade journal "Weltpost". It is said that the pieces come from two lucky finds (Bregenz and Venice), both of which came into Friedl's possession. What followed was a dispute about the origin and authenticity of these stamps culminating in several legal proceedings.

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30 Kr Bregenz
30 Kr Bregenz
6 Kr Bregenz

For detailed informations (in german) see [1]