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Catalog Numbering for Michel, Scott et al.
Printings, Remainders and Scarcity
The Michel  6 Varieties
The Michel  8 Varieties
The Schilling Reprints
Table of Colors, Gum and Paper
Genuine and Imitation Paper
Color Comparison of Originals and Reprints
Maps of Heligoland
Reprints on Lemberger Pages

Postal History      Postal Rates
Forgeries      Heligoland Cancels
Lemberger and Michel Color Chips
Proofers' Signatures
Proofers: Names and Signature Placement
The Examination of Various Stamps
Higher Value Stamps
The Robert Pollard Study
The Wagner Collection

There are a number of ways to present the information about reprints. If one offers it one way then one can't offer it another way. I have tried to emphasize here common reprints and the relationship between the genuine issues and the reprints. Helmuth Lemberger's HELGOLAND PHILATELIE provided most of the data. Corrections and additions may be expected.


PART I
COMMON DECEPTIVE ISSUES
Presented in Chronological Order of Reprintings

Michel Number
/ Denomination
Original
Issue Year
Withdrawn
or Exhausted
Reprint #
(Neudruck #)
Reprint
Month/Year
Qantity
Berlin
(Reichdruckerei)
Headtype
Yellow =
Head-type Error.
6    ½ Sch '69 Feb 15 '75 I June '75 50,000 II
7    1 Sch '71 Feb 15 '75 I June '75 50,000 III
8    ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 I June '75 75,000 II
8 F   ¼Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 I June '75 75,000 II
9    ¾ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 I June '75 75,000 I
10  1½ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 I June '75 75,000 II
1 II  ½ Sch Aug '68 Feb 15 '75 II    3 May '79 45,000 II
2   1 Sch Aug '67 Feb 15 '75 II    3 May '79 45,000 III
3   2 Sch Aug '67 Feb 15 '75 II    3 May '79 35,000 I
4   6 Sch Aug '67 Feb 15 '75 II    3 May '79 35,000 I
17  2½F/3Pf June 1 '76    Sept '79  Exh I June '80 100,000 -
11  1F/1Pf Feb 15 '75    Sept '79 Exh I Mar '82 100,000 II
11  1F/1Pf Feb 15 '75    Sept '79 Exh II July '83 200,000 II
12  2F/2Pf Feb 15 '75 Sept '79
(last Used)
II July '83 100,000 II
1 II    ½ Sch '68 Feb 15 '75 IV    4 May '84 25,000 II
2   1 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 IV    4 May '84 25,000) III
3   2 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 4200 * I
4   6 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 4200 * I
6   ½ Sch '69 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 4200 * II
7   1 Sch '71 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 4200 * III
8   ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 III May '84 4200 * II
8 F   ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 II May '84   30,000 (+4,200) * II
8 F   ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 III May '84   50,000 II
9   ¾ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 III May '84 4200 * I
10  1½ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 III May '84 4200 * II
3   2 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 20,000 I
4   6 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 20,000 I
6   ½ Sch '69 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 15,000 II
7   1 Sch '71 Feb 15 '75 IV May '84 25,000 III
8   ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 III May '84 50,000 II
9   ¾ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 III May '84 20,000 I
10  1½ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 III May '84 30,000 II
17  2½F/3Pf June 1 '76    Sept '79  Exh II Jan '85 200,000 -
NOTES:

1. The Reichdruckerei kept excellent records. That is why we have exact production numbers, as distinguished from the Leipzig and Hamburg reprints below.
2.The red asterisk refers to the origin of the 4200 stamps. They were originally part of the 5000 imperforate production of May 1879, ND II (Only 800 imperforates were kept. See Fantasy Stamps below) and were given perforations in 1884 as indicated here.
3. The rouletted issues marked with a red superscript "3" have 10X11½ roulettes and can thereby be distinguished from the original 10x10 roulette issues.
4. The rouletted issues marked with a red superscript "4" have 11½ verticle roulettes by 10 or 9, above or below, horizontal, and can thereby be distinguished from the original 10x10 roulette issues.

Mi N/    Denom Orig Is Yr Wdrwn/exh ND # Rep Mo/Yr Leipzig
(Firma Giesecke &
Devrient)
Headtype
1 II   ½ Sch '68 Feb 15 '75 V Mar 9 '88 ? II
2  1 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 V Mar 9 '88 ? III
3  2 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 V Mar 9 '88 ? I
4  6 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 V Mar 9 '88 ? I
6   ½ Sch '69 Feb 15 '75 V Mar 9 '88 ? II
7  1 Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 V Mar 9 '88 ? III
8  ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 IV Mar 9 '88 ? I
8 F   ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 IV Mar 9 '88 ? I
9  ¾ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 IV Mar 9 '88 ? I
10  1½ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 IV Mar 9 '88 ? I
11  1F/1PF Feb 15 '75   Sept '79 Exh III Mar 9 '88 ? II
12  2F/2Pf Feb 15 '75 Aug 9 '90   III Mar 9 '88 ? II
NOTE:

The Leipzig perforation holes are smaller than in the originals, making the perforation teeth wider and without points. They are blunt or "Stumpf" in German.

Mi N/    Denom Orig Is Yr Wdrwn/exh ND # Rep Mo/Yr Hamburg
(F.Schlottke & Co.)
Headtype
1 II   ½ Sch '68 Feb 15 '75 A '91-'95 ? II
1 II   ½ Sch '68 Feb 15 '75   C  3 '91-'95 ? II
1 II   ½ Sch '68 Feb 15 '75   D  3 '91-'95 ? II
2  1 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 A '91-'95 ? III
2  1 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 B '91-'95 ? III
2  1 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 D '91-'95 ? III
3  2 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 A '91-'95 ? I
3  2 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75   B  3 '91-'95 ? I
4  6 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75 A '91-'95 ? I
4  6 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75   B  3 '91-'95 ? I
4  6 Sch '67 Feb 15 '75   C  3 '91-'95 ? I
6   ½ Sch '69 Feb 15 '75 B '91-'95 ? II
6   ½ Sch '69 Feb 15 '75 C '91-'95 ? II
7   1 Sch '71 Feb 15 '75 B '91-'95 ? III
7   1 Sch '71 Feb 15 '75 C '91-'95 ? III
7   1 Sch '71 Feb 15 '75 D '91-'95 ? III
8  ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 A '91-'95 ? I
8  ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 B '91-'95 ? I
8  ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 D '91-'95 ? II
8 F   ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 B '91-'95 ? I
8 F   ¼ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 D '91-'95 ? II
9  ¾ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 A '91-'95 ? I
9  ¾ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 B '91-'95 ? I
9  ¾ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 C '91-'95 ? I
10  1½ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 A '91-'95 ? II
10  1½ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 C '91-'95 ? II
10  1½ Sch '73 Feb 15 '75 D '91-'95 ? II
11  1F/1PF Feb 15 '75   Sept '79 Exh A '91-'95 ? II
11  1F/1PF Feb 15 '75   Sept '79 Exh B '91-'95 ? II
12  2F/2Pf Feb 15 '75 Sept '79
(last Used)
A '91-'95 ? II
12  2F/2Pf Feb 15 '75 Sept '79
(last Used)
B '91-'95 ? II
12  2F/2Pf Feb 15 '75 Sept '79
(last Used)
C '91-'95 ? II
17  2½F/3Pf June 1 '76    Sept '79  Exh B '91-'95 ? -
17  2½F/3Pf June 1 '76    Sept '79  Exh C '91-'95 ? -
17  2½F/3Pf June 1 '76    Sept '79  Exh D '91-'95 ? -
NOTES:

1. The Hamburg printing runs are designated A,B,C, and D within a time frame of 1891-1895 because we do not have more exact dates. Presumably the experts have reconstructed four printing runs by working backwards from colors and stamp types.
2 Since all Hamburg perforated reprints have 14 perforations, they are rather easily distinguished fron the genuine which have 13½ by 14¼.
3. The rouletted issues marked with a red "3" superscript have 10x12 roulettes and can thereby be distinguished from the original 10x10 roulette issues.


PART II
FANTASY ISSUES

The classification of a stamp as a "fantasy issue" can seem somewhat arbitrary. For instance, one could argue that all the Hamburg reprints are "fantasies" because they have 14 perforations, unlike the originals. Likewise Type III headtypes rather than Type I on Michel 2 issues could be considered a fantasy. I have confined to the "fantasy" category those stamps that most obviously vary from the originals by having the wrong type of separations.

Michel Number
/ Denomination
Fantasy Type Year Source ND # Quantity Headtype
1 II     ½ Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 II
2      1 Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 III
3      2 Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 I
4      6 Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 I
8      ¼ Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 II
8 F     ¼ Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 II
9      ¾ Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 I
10    1½ Sch Imperf May '79 Berlin II 800 II
3     2 Sch Perf Aug '79 Berlin III 35,000 I
4     6 Sch Perf Aug '79 Berlin III 35,000 I
3     2 Sch Perf May '84 Berlin IV 20,000 I
4     6 Sch Perf May '84 Berlin IV 20,000 I
8    ¼ Sch Roulette Mar '88 Leipzig IV ? I
8 F    ¼ Sch Roulette Mar '88 Leipzig IV ? I
3     2 Sch Perf Mar '88 Leipzig V ? I
4     6Sch Perf Mar '88 Leipzig V ? I
9     ¾Sch Imperf Mar '88 Leipzig IVa ? I
1 II/6     ½ Sch Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? II
2/7    1 Sch Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? III
2/7    1 Sch Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg D ? III
3    2 Sch Perf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? I
4    6 Sch Perf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? I
4    6 Sch Perf '91-'95 Hamburg B ? I
4    6 Sch Perf '91-'95 Hamburg C ? I
8    ¼ Sch    Imperf * '91-'95 Hamburg D ? II
9    ¾ Sch Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg B ? I
10    1½ Sch Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? II
12    2F/2Pf Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg C ? II
17    2F/2Pf Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? -
NOTE:  The red asterisk indicates no gum.

PART III
DELIBERATE PRINTING ERRORS
or SOLD PRINTERS' WASTE

The following items are taken from Lemberger. But there are others less well known. Apparently, for instance, there are other monochromes in yellow as well as in blue. Note that "spandrel" in the table refers to the inner "picture frame" that surrounds the embossed medallion.

Michel Number
/ Denomination
Error Error Year Source ND # Quantity Headtype
11   1F/1Pf Hd Upsd DN - Mar '82 Berlin I ? II
8     ¼ Sch Hd Upsd DN - Mar '88 Leipzig IV ? I
8 F     ¼ Sch Hd Upsd DN - Mar '88 Leipzig IV ? I
10   1F/1Pf Hd Upsd DN - Mar '88 Leipzig IV ? I
1 II /6    ½ Sch black no gum '91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch black-solid no gum '91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch black-porous no gum '91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch green
no emboss
Imperf
hellgrün
'91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch green
no emboss
Imperf
dunkelgrün
'91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch green
no emboss
Imperf
olivgrün
'91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch No Emboss
Imperf
Shifted Spandrel
below
'91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch No Emboss
Imperf
Shifted
Spandrel
'91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
1 II /6    ½ Sch Embossed
Roulette
Shifted
Spandrel
'91-'95 Hamburg A-D? ? II?
8    ¼ Sch Head
Upsd DN
Perf '91-'95 Hamburg C ? I
8    ¼ Sch Head
Upsd DN
Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg C ? I
8 F     ¼ Sch Head
Upsd DN
Perf '91-'95 Hamburg C ? I
8 F     ¼ Sch Head
Upsd DN
Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg C ? I
9    ¾ Sch Head
Upsd DN
- '91-'95 Hamburg A ? I
11    1F/1Pf Head
Upsd DN
- '91-'95 Hamburg A ? II
12    2F/2Pf Head
Upsd DN
Perf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? II
12    2F/2Pf Head
Upsd DN
Imperf '91-'95 Hamburg A ? II
2    1 Sch Shifted
Spandrel
- '91-'95 Hamburg A ? I?
3    2 Sch Head
Upsd DN
Rough
Roulette
'91-'95 Hamburg A ? I?
4    6 Sch Shifted
Red Ink
- '91-'95 Hamburg B ? I?
10    1½ Sch Shifted
Hd Emb
- '91-'95 Hamburg B ? I?
10    1½ Sch Shifted
Hd Emb
- '91-'95 Hamburg D ? II?
10    1½ Sch Double
Head
- '91-'95 Hamburg D ? II?
12    2F/2Pf Double
Head
- '91-'95 Hamburg C ? II?

PART IV
THE RARE OFFICIAL REPRINTS

N /Denom Orig Is Yr Orig Wdrwn Mo/Yr Number * '03 € ** '03 €
13 ND  5Pf '75 Aug  9 '90 '90 200 300 500
14 ND 10Pf '75 Aug  9 '90 '90 200 300 500
15 ND 25Pf '75 Aug  9 '90 '90 200 300 500
16 ND 50Pf '75 Aug  9 '90 '90 200 300 500
18 ND 20Pf '90 Aug 10 '90 '90 200 300 500
19A ND 1M k '79 Aug  9 '90 '90 200 300 500
20A ND 5Mk '79 Aug  9 '90 '90 200 300 600

NOTE:
   1. The official reprints ( amtliche neudrucke )are identified in Michel by the suffix "ND." Test-prints ( Probedrucke ), not yet shown here, are identified by the suffic "P."   The test prints are numbered: 1 P, 12 P, 13 P 1, 13 P 2, 17 P, 18 P, 19 P U, 19 P, 20 P 1, 20 P 2, and 20 P 3.
   2. Only 200 pieces each of 13ND, 14ND, 15ND and 16ND were run off. They were to go to the postal museum. Of the 200 pieces of 15ND that were supposed to go to the postal museum, 50 "disappeared" and ended up in dealers' hands. Thus they are among the rarest stamps in existence and are, as stated by Karl-Heinz Schulz, Expertizer for the BPP, "ridiculously underpriced in Michel." A 16ND** sold at auction in late 2004 for $1300 and if people realized how rare they were, it would go for MUCH more.




Catalog Numbering for Michel, Scott et al.
Printings, Remainders and Scarcity
The Michel  6 Varieties
The Michel  8 Varieties
The Schilling Reprints
Table of Colors, Gum and Paper
Genuine and Imitation Paper
Color Comparison of Originals and Reprints
Maps of Heligoland
Reprints on Lemberger Pages

Postal History      Postal Rates
Forgeries      Heligoland Cancels
Lemberger and Michel Color Chips
Proofers' Signatures
Proofers: Names and Signature Placement
The Examination of Various Stamps
Higher Value Stamps
The Robert Pollard Study
The Wagner Collection

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