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AMG stamps were issued for use in Germany in 1945-46. The stamps are
denominated in pfennigs and marks. They are frequently collected as
pairs or blocks, as care was not taken during printing to ensure that the
plate number appeared on the selvage of a single stamp.
Three series of stamps were printed, but only two series have plate
- The "Washington" printings were done by the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing in Washington, DC, and have plate numbers similar to those of
the U.S. Documentary stamps of the day. Scott 3N1a-3N10a.
- The "London" printings have plate numbers similar to
contemporaneous British stamps. While they were not printed by the
BEP, I would be happy to illustrate plate number examples if suitable
images are available. Scott 3N1b-3N7b. Perf. 14, 14-1/2 and compounds.
- The "Brunswick" printings were done in Germany and do not have plate
numbers. They do, however, have traditional German "counting
numbers" in both rows and columns. Margin examples of Brunswick
printings are frequently seen erroneously offered as plate number
singles or plate blocks. Scott 3N1-3N20. Perf. 11, 11-1/2
3N2a, 3 pfennigs, plate number 45865 T
3N3a, 4 pfennigs, bottom pair with plate
3N4a, 5 pfennigs, plate number 45867 B
3N5a, 6 pfennigs, top pair with plate
3N7a, 10 pfennigs, plate number 45870 B
3N8a, 12 pfennigs, plate number 46582 T
3N9a, 15 pfennigs, bottom pair with plate
3N10a, 25 pfennigs, top pair with plate
Brunswick printings (not plate
3N1, 1 pfennig showing counting number 2 at
3N7, 12 pfennigs showing counting number
12,00 at top
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