Germany-DDR 1982 Martin Luther

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  • Label : "Ministerium für Post und Fernmeldewesen" of the German Democratic Republic; 1983; commemorative stamps of the issue "500th anniversary of birth of Martin Luther" (meant is the great church Reformer of the Renaissance time, Martin Luther (1483-1546)); issue of 4 stamps and 1 block


Stamp datas:

  • Issue date :
09 November 1982 (stamps)
18 October 1983 (block)
  • Catalogue numbers : Michel: No. 2754-2757 (+ Block 73 with Michel No.2833); Yvert & Tellier: 2399-2402 (+ BF71); Scott: 2308-2311 (+ 2378)
  • Color : multicolored
  • Watermark : none
  • Nominal value : 10 - 20 - 35 - 85 (Pfennig) - 1.00 (Mark)
  • Postage validity : to 02 October 1990
  • Designed by : Werner Hans Schmidt (*1944)
  • Printed by : "VEB Deutsche Wertpapierdruckerei", Leipzig
  • Print process : Photogravure
  • Perforation :
- Comb perforation, K 14 (stamps)
- Harrow perforation, Ks 14 (block)
  • Stamp size : printed area of a single stamp as distance between the tngents of the perforation lines without year line: 31.5 x x 54.0 mm
  • Print run :
- Michel No, 2754, 10 (Pf.): 16,000,000
- Michel No. 2755, 20 (Pf.): 8,000,000
- Michel No. 2756, 35 (Pf.): 5,000,000
- Michel No. 2757, 85 (Pf.): 2,100,000
- Michel No. 2833, 1 (M.): 2,100,000 blocks


Stamps

Mint stamps

Michel No. 2754, mint
Michel No. 2755, mint
Michel No. 2756, mint
Michel No. 2757, mint

Blocks

Michel Block 73, mint, from 1983

Miniature sheets

Michel No. 2755 (20 Pf.) were printed also as miniature sheets à 10 stamp, with and without number.

Miniature sheet to Michel No. 2755 with number, mint
Miniature sheet to Michel No. 2755 without number, mint

Postmarked stamps

Michel No. 2754, postmarked at "422 Leuna", 27-02-1984
Michel No. 2755, postmarked at "35 Stendal", 1983

Covers, cards, and philatelic souvenirs

Souvenir envelope with Michel No. 2754 + 2757, postmarked at "1080 Berlin 8", 14-06-1983, to the Martin-Luther-Exhibition in the "Altes Museum", Berlin
Souvenir envelope with Michel No. 2755 + 2756, postmarked at "1080 Berlin 8", 14-06-1983, to the Martin-Luther-Exhibition in the "Altes Museum", Berlin


To the motives of the stamps:
- 10 (Pf.): the town seal of Eisleben around 1500
- 20 (Pf.): "Martin Luther as Junker Jörg" (1521) after a painting by Lucas Chranach the Elder (1472-1553) ("Junker" = Engl. "Squire" or "Esquire" = minor rural nobility)
- 35 (Pf.): the town seal of Wittenberg around 1500
- 85 (Pf.): mirror-inverted portrait of Martin Luther after a drawing by Lucas Chranach the Elder (1472-1553)
- 1 (M.): initials of Martin Luther (1483-1546) and the title page of the first bible-translation by Martin Luther printed in 1560