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       Heligoland Cancels
Reprints on Lemberger Pages

Postal History      Postal Rates
Reprint Data Tables    Forgeries
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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TABLES

TABLE COMPARING CATALOG NUMBERS

Here is a table of the Heligoland values, listed more or less chronologically, with the Michel, Scott, Stanley Gibbons and Yvert et Tellier catalog numbers given. Scott is loosely chronological. Michel lists by the first appearance of a design and within that the chronology of the reprintings designated by the alphabet. [I have not yet considered the listing principle for the other two.]

Where Michel uses "X" and "Y", X is for plain paper and Y is for mesh paper (sometimes called "quadrilled" and in German, "gegittertes Papier"). Michel finds more varieties than Scott and has the advantages of nearness to historical source information, extensive collections and auctions of the material and, not negligibly, its native language and culture.

Most Heligoland collectors will probably gravitate to using Michel as their primary catalog. BUT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BUY FROM PEOPLE WHO USE THE OTHERS!


Catalogs
Values
½S
1S 2S 6S
½S
Michel 1I 1II 2 3 4 6xa 6xb 6xc 6xd 6xe 6xf 6yg 6yh
Scott 1a 2 3 4 --- 5a --- 5b 5 --- 9
S.Gibbons 1a 2 3 4 6 6a 6b
Yvert 1a 2 3 4 6?
Values
1S
¼S
¾S 1½S 1F/1Pf 2F/2Pf
Michel 7xa 7xb 7yc 7yd 8a 8b 8c 8f 9 10
11
12
Scott 6 11 7a 7 13 8 10 10a 12
14
15
S.Gibbons 8 8a 5 5b 5a 7 9
10
11
Yvert 8? 5? 5a 7 9
10
11
Values 3F/5Pf
1½P/10Pf
3P/25Pf 6P/50Pf 2½F/3Pf
Michel 13a 13b 14a 14b 14c 14d 14e 15 16a 16b 17a 17b
Scott
16?
17,17a,17b??
18 18a 19a? 19? 20a 20
S.Gibbons
13
13a
14,14a? 16? 17? 12 12a
Yvert 12? 13? 14
15?
16?
Values
2½P/20Pf
1Sh/1M
5Sh/5M
Michel 18a 18b 18c 18d 18e 18f 18g 18h 19Aa 19Ab 19Ac 20A
Scott 21b 21c  21d --- 21e --- --- 21 21a 22a 22b 22c 23
S.Gibbons 15 15a 15b 15c 18a 18b 19
Yvert 17, 17a? 18? 19
Notes:
Because I use Michel only, I am not comfortable with Scott, Stanley Gibbons or Yvert et Tellier. In fact, I have trouble understanding Scott while S. Gibbons and Yvert are somewhat short on varieties!   A "?" means I am VERY uncertain about classification. Some collectors are of the opinion that the German hobbiests are unpersuaded by the attitude expressed in the aphorism, non curat lex de minimus! —the law does not deal with trifles! Be that as it may, we are bound by the approach chosen by unsern Brüder. I have now amended the Scott listings to reflect Robert Pollard's classification. See his Article.

Catalog Numbering for Michel, Scott et al.
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       Heligoland Cancels

Postal History      Postal Rates
Reprint Data Tables       Forgeries
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


Table of Printings, Remainders and Scarcity

The following table can be helpful in a number of ways. One can immediately see a correlation between scarcity and price. One can see which issues had leftovers and made their way to collectors other than through purchase at the Post Office.

I have marked the very high values with a green or yellow background. Green if the used value is more valuable and yellow if the unused is more valuable. All letters ( Briefe )are more valuable.

You should always be immediately suspicious when it looks like you have found a high value stamp or are offered one, whether at a high or a low price! One can see why a crook would apply a forged cancel to some issues and not to others. But much of the forgery work was done a century or more ago so be wary of stamps coming from old collections!

Also be aware that catalog values can be highly inflated by auction house prices boosted by excited bidders! Internet eBay prices are often 10-40% of auction house prices. Also one pays more for attractive items which do not regularly appear on eBay. Stamps on cover (letters) are always bid up to high levels because the rich like to collect covers. Some eBay sellers shamelessly promote tattered and filthy wares, listing them at full value when they might be worth 5% in their damaged condition.

Originally I had not listed the mint, never hinged stamps, because I thought they wouldn't appear very often. But in 2003 I began to see them offered so I decided to add them. One can actually pretty accurately estimate the price of mint never-hinged by doubling the price of mint-hinged. Likewise, one can pretty accurately value a gumless unused stamp by halving the price of the mint-hinged.

I still have not listed plate errors ( Plattenfehler ) nor mint proof sheets ( Probedruck —17 and 18 with 12½ perfs. and 19B and 20B with 11½ perfs.)nor blocks nor multiples, either on or off covers. For these see Michel, which also contains many other things not to be found here.

Lastly, I have broken the table into two parts for ease of use. The Schilling values are in the first part. Remember they ceased to be legal postage after February 15th, 1875!

I am dependent on Hellmuth Lemberger's Helgoland Philatelie. He in turn adapted much of the Kohl Briefmarken Handbuch, Band IV, 11. Auflage, Berlin, 1933 (Dr. Herbert Munk, editor) [meaning: Volume IV, Eleventh Edition]. It is the basis for the issue data which follows.

All values are in Euros as shown in the Michel Deutschland Spezial-2004 Katalog. Please keep in mind that Michel prices are rather idealized. Actual market prices run 40-60 percent of Michel in most cases. And if you sell to a dealer, he will pay you that price less his profit margin.


PART I—The Schilling Issues

Mi # Value Date Quantity Remainder Withdrawn * (€) ** (€) Usd (€) Letter
1 I ½ Sh 3-21-67 20,000 None 2-15-75 340 * 700 1200 6500
1 II ½ Sh 8-25-68 10,000 None 2-15-75 900 * 1800 2000 11000
2 1 Sh 3-21-67 40,000 None 2-15-75 220 * 500 250 1800
3 2 Sh 3-21-67 200,000   50,000 2-15-75 12 * 20 70 600
4 6 Sh 3-21-67 100,000   80,000 2-15-75 16 * 30 320 4500
6xa ½ Sh 8-15-69 20,000 None 2-15-75 320 800 350 1500
6xb ½ Sh 8-?-70 15,000 None 2-15-75 300 700 320 1500
6xc ½ Sh 9-8-71? 25,000 None 2-15-75 200 450 320 1500
6xd ½ Sh 1-?-72 10,000 None 2-15-75 500 1300 450 1500
6xe ½ Sh 8-18-72 20,000 None 2-15-75 170 350 180 1200
6xf ½ Sh 9-?-72 10,000 None 2-15-75 600 1500 550 1900
6yg ½ Sh 7-6-73 20,000 ?* 2-15-75 180 350 300 1200
6yh ½ Sh 9-?-73 20,000 15,750* 2-15-75 90 200 450 1500
7xa 1 Sh 9-24-71 25,000 None 2-15-75 250 600 350 1400
7xb 1 Sh 7-15-72   5,000 None 2-15-75 1500 3500 1000 2800
7yc 1 Sh 7-6-73 15,000 ?* 2-15-75 300 600 350 1000
7yd 1 Sh 8-?-73 15,000 4,000* 2-15-75 180 400 500 1600
8a ¼ Sh 8-10-73 15,000 None 2-15-75 350 650 2800 6500
8f ¼ Sh 9-26-73 25,000 15,000 FN6 2-15-75 120 220 4500 10000
8b ¼ Sh 11-15-73 50,000 None? 2-15-75 30 60 2800 6500
8c ¼ Sh Unissued 100,000   100,000 2-15-75 22 44 n/a n/a
9 ¾ Sh 12-5-73 50,000 39,600 2-15-75 30 60 1800 4500
10 1½ Sh 9-12-73 50,000 15,850 2-15-75 70 130 400 1000

PART II—The Farthing-Pfennig Issues

      
Mi # Value Date Quantity Remainder Withdrawn * (€) ** (€) Usd (€) Letter
11 1F 1Pf 2-15-75 300,000   99,550 6-12-80   10 19 800 1200
12 2F 2Pf 2-15-75 200,000   104,050 6-12-80   11 19 1000 1800
13a 3F 5Pf 2-15-75 100,000   None 8-9-90 25 50 30 70
13b 3F 5Pf 6-3-90 20,000 1735 8-9-90 90 160 100 150
13c 3F 5Pf 8-16-90! 20,000 Unissued 8-9-90 15 30 n/a n/a
14a 1½P 10Pf 2-15-75 250,000   None 8-9-90 70 130 35 100
14b 1½P 10Pf 9-?-85 20,000 None 8-9-90 1000 1800 190 250
14c 1½P 10Pf 5-7-87 60,000 None 8-9-90 200 380 35 90
14d 1½P 10Pf 5-3-89 60,000 Slight(?) 8-9-90 150 280 40 90
14e 1½P 10Pf 6-3-90 100,000   76,629 8-9-90 12 22 55 § 120
15 3P 25Pf 2-8-75 100,000   54,219 8-9-90 15 28 30 90
16a 6P 50Pf 2-8-75 50,000 None 8-9-90 80 150 40 110
16b 6P 50Pf 6-3-90 20,000 16,127 8-9-90 20 40 120 200
17a 2½F 3Pf 6-1-76 30,000 None FN 7 9-?-79 320 650 1800 3000
17b 2½F 3Pf 6-?-77 50,000 32,000 FN 8 6-12-79 180 320 1300 2400
18a 2½P 20Pf 6-1-76 50,000 None FN 9 4-19-80   340 700 170 350
18b 2½P 20Pf 4-19-80 20,000 None 8-9-90 340 700 180 350
18c 2½P 20Pf 6-14-82 50,000 None 8-9-90 200 380 80 § 180
18d 2½P 20Pf 5-?-84 50,000 None 8-9-90 420 750 90 § 200
18e 2½P 20Pf 7-13-85 60,000 None? 8-9-90 600 1000 90 § 160
18f 2½P 20Pf 1-25-87 60,000 None? 8-9-90 600 1000 60 150
18g 2½P 20Pf 6-6-88 100,000   See h 8-9-90 11 20 38 80
18h 2½P 20Pf 6-3-90 60,000 74,289+g 8-9-90 11 20 100 180
19Aa 1 Sh 1 M 8-?-79 10,000 None 8-9-90 280 500 300 500
19Ab 1 Sh 1 M 5-3-89   5,000 977 8-9-90 280 500 280 500
19Ac 1 Sh 1 M Unissued   5,000 5,000 8-9-90 100 190 § n/a n/a
20A 5 Sh 5M 8-?-79 10,000 7330 8-9-90 170 360 § 1500 1800
NOTES:
1. The dates are given in the order of month-day-year as used in the USA.
2. Apparently everything unsold, left over or superceded ended up in the hands of Julius Goldner (See) .
3. A Question mark and an asterisk after a remainder means we don't know if the remainder includes only the last printing or the last printing and some of the earlier printing.
4. After the withdrawal date, they were no longer sold by the Post Office AND WERE NO LONGER VALID POSTAGE. All stamps withdrawn on 2-15-75 were to make way for the new postage denominated in Farthings and Pfennigs.
5. A question mark "?" in a date means the month but not the day are known for certain.
6. 8f is the color reverse issue. It was printed by mistake. It was issued on September 26th, 1873 and used until November 15th, 1873—less than seven weeks. There were actually 100,000 printed by the Reichdruckeri, but only 25,000 were shipped to the Heligoland Postoffice. About 10,000 were sold over the counter. Herr Goldner bought the remaining 15,000. The Reichdruckeri destroyed the undelivered 75,000.
7. The 17a was withdrawn from circulation on the date shown.
8. The date given for the 17b is the official withdrawal date. The 17b remainders were sold to Goldner on 8-24-79, shortly after they were withdrawn from use.
9. Sales of 18a ceased sometime between the end of October, 1879 and April 19, 1880.
* The rouletted first five issues often appear for sale unused without gum. Over time a separate category of unused no gum (*) has developed and the values for 2004 are: 1I(€180), 1II(€450), 2(€130), 3(€5), and 4(€8).
§ Indicates slight price rise over 2003.


Catalog Numbering for Michel, Scott et al.
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       Heligoland Cancels
Reprints on Lemberger Pages

Postal History      Postal Rates
Reprint Data Tables    Forgeries
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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