POLAND Overview

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Return To Catalogue - Poland 1860 issue - 1918-19, stamps of Germany and Austria overprinted - Regular issues 1919-1920 - Regular issues 1920-1940 - Local issues - Local issues for Warsaw - Local overprints - Miscellaneous and local issues - Upper Silesia - Port Gdansk - Fiscal stamps

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1860 stamp

Only one stamp was issued in Poland in 1860. Click here for more information. It was replaced with a russian stamp in 1863. From 1860 to 1916 the stamps of Russia, Germany and Austria were used in Poland (since Poland was divided between these countries). Examples of this period:

"Warsaw" cancellation on 3 k red stamp of Russia

'Lemberg Lwow' cancel on stamp of Austria
(reduced size)

Many names of towns were changed after the Polish independance. Some examples of the major city-names (German first, Polish second): Allenstein - Olsztyn, Beuthen - Bytom, Bielitz - Bielice, Breslau - Wroclaw, Brieg - Brzeg, Bromberg - Bydgoszcz, Danzig - Gdansk, Gleiwitz - Gliwice, Gnesen - Gniezno, Gorlitz - Zgorzelec, Kattowitz - Katowice, Krakau - Krakowiec, Landeck - Ledyczek, Liegnitz - Legnica, Loebau - Lubawa, Marienwerder - Kwidzyn, Memel - Klaipeda, Oppeln - Opole, Posen - Poznan and Waschau - Warszawa. a very useful site with many more of these names is: http://www.atsnotes.com/other/gerpol.html.

1918 Non issued local stamps of Warsaw, overprinted 'Poczta Polska' and surcharged with value, various designs

  '5 FEN. 5' on 2 g brown and yellow
  '10 FEN. 10' on 6 g green and yellow
  '25 FEN. 25' on 10 g red and yellow
  '50 FEN. 50' on 20 g blue and yellow

These stamps are perforated 11 1/2. Most values seem to exist with inverted overprint (value: ***)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 f on 2 g c c  
10 f on 6 g c *  
25 f on 10 g * *  
50 f on 20 g * *  

(Typical cancellation)


1918-19, stamps of Germany and Austria overprinted, click here for more information


Genuine overprint


Inverted overprint

(Reduced size)

(Reduced sizes)


1919 - 1923 Regular issues, part 1 and part 2

Examples of this period:

15 h red 3000 M brown "Konarski"

Upper Silesia

Stamps in the following design were issued for Upper Silesia, click here for more details:

5 M brown


The site http://www.stampspoland.nl/ is very useful. Among many other things, fiscal stamps and bogus stamps are listed. Highly recommended!

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