1. If the stamp has Head Type I, is perforated 13½ x 14¼
with large holes and is printed on thick quadrille paper, it is
an Original (Scott #12).
2. If the stamp Has Head Type I, is perforated 13½ x 14¼
with small holes and is printed on white surfaced paper, it is
the Leipsig Reprint.
3. If the stamp has Head Type II and is perforated 13½ x 14¼
with large holes, it is one of the three Berlin Reprints. If it is
printed on white to creamy thick paper, it is the 3rd Berlin Reprint.
If it is printed on thin white paper, check under ultra violet light;
the red of the 1st Berlin Reprint is a deep red violet; the red of the
2nd Berlin Reprint is rose.
4. If the stamp is perforated 14 x 14, it is one of the two Hamburg
Reprints. Under ultra violet light, the red of the 1st Hamburg
Reprint is a deep red violet; that of the 2nd Hamburg Reprint is
5. The 2nd Berlin Reprint (May21, 1879) of 5000 stamps was
delivered imperf. Since the imperf. stamps did not sell well,
those remaining were returned to Berlin and perforated with
the regular 13½ x 14¼ perforation on May 30, 1884. This
resulted in 800 imperf. and 4200 perforated stamps.