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Soviet Zone Bezirk Overprints

Soviet Zone Bezirk Overprints

In 1948 the separation between East and West Zones hardened and currency reform took place in the West with the creation of the DM. Existing Worker and Numeral stamps of the Allied Zones received "posthorn" overprints in the West, to prevent use of stamps purchased in the East. As a countermeasure, the Soviets overprinted their stocks of stamps with a district number ("OPD-Bezirk") number. There, each town in each district did their own overprinting. These can be collected simply as the basic stamp (like the corresponding Western "posthorn" overprints), or by the Bezirk number (ten different; the numbers relate to the old administrative numbers of the German Reich, so in the Soviet Zone were limited to only ten numbers between 3 and 41), or by all the individual towns and postal district (over 1000 possibilities).
The ten Bezirk districts were as follows :
3 : Berlin (only those parts in the Soviet sector)
14 : Dresden
16 : Erfurt
20 : Halle
27 : Leipzig
29 : former Magdeburg (now joined with Halle)
36 : Potsdam
37 : Schwerin
38 : part of former Stettin (now joined with Schwerin)
41 : former Chemnitz (now joined with Leipzig)

For a listing of the individual towns, see Michel Specialised.
For a detailed study of the overprints and their use, see Modry/Rehfeld "Bezirksstempelaufdruckmarken", and also "Handbuch" by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bezirksstempelaufdrucke SBZ 1948.


BEZIRK 3 (025863)

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£75.00
Stock Code
025863

BEZIRK 3 (025863)
set of Numerals 1pf to 1RM, less the 40pf, but also with unlisted 3pf, 4pf, all with control of 3-Berlin-Kaulsdorf, all used on several similar pieces with BERLIN-KAULSDORF cds 4.7.48, presumed favour strikes or forgeries of the control cachet (27 stamps)

BEZIRK 16 (025872)

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£150.00
Stock Code
025872

BEZIRK 16 (025872)
2pf and 10pf Workers, Numerals good run 5pf to 1RM incl the good 40pf and 60pf, and Hannover pair, all with 16 - Jena 1 control cachets, mint light hinge (18 stamps)

BEZIRK 38 (025875)

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£20.00
Stock Code
025875

BEZIRK 38 (025875)
basic set 2pf to 84pf Workers (only one 60pf), plus Hannover pair, all with 38 - Anklam control cachets, mint light hinge (18 stamps)

BEZIRK 20 (025880)

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£300.00
Stock Code
025880

BEZIRK 20 (025880)
Stephan pair, and Leipzig Messe pair (MiIIIc/d cat 1500 Euros), all with 20 - Holzweissig control cachet, mint light hinge

BEZIRK 20 (025881)

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£20.00
Stock Code
025881

BEZIRK 20 (025881)
Basic set 2pf to 84pf Workers (only one 60pf), plus Hannover pair, all with 20 Halle 2 control cachets, mint light hinge (18 stamps)

BEZIRK 3 (025883)

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£75.00
Stock Code
025883

BEZIRK 3 (025883)
Various Numerals 3pf to 1RM (inc 80pg), Stephan, Hannover Messe, all with 41 - Zwickau 1 control cachets, mint light hinge, presumed favour strikes or forgeries (16 stamps)

BEZIRK 8 (025884)

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£60.00
Stock Code
025884

BEZIRK 8 (025884)
Workers set (both 60pf less the 84pf), Doves, Stephan, all with 8 - Gotha 1 control cachets, mint light hinge (22 stamps)