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Situated in northern Germany, the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin later became part of the North German Confederation and the German Empire, where it was re-joined with the neighboring State Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The area is now part of the German State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The first stamp of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was worth 1 Shilling, and composed of four detachable ¼ Shilling parts that pictured a crowned bull in front of a dotted background, the symbol of Mecklenburg’s coat of arms and the word ‘Freimarke’ (which means definitive stamp), ‘MECKLENB’ and ‘SCHWERIN’ around it. Issued on the first of July of 1856, the stamps are unwatermarked, typographed and imperforated. A similar stamp was re-issued a decade later, roulette and with the bull on a white background.
Catalogue Value for the 4/4 Shilling: Unused ***, Used ***.
Value for the ¼ Shilling: Unused *, Used *
* 0.1 - 49 USD
** 50 - 99 USD
*** 100 - 499 USD
**** 500 - 999 USD
***** 1'000 - 9'999 USD
****** + 10'0000 USD
The First Issues Blog is a place to discuss about the stamp number 1 of each country, territory, district, etc. Each additional item to my new collection shall receive a small description about the item, its history and curiosities.
Note that I may add more than 1 'number one' stamp to a place. This happens as I judge that in the case of independence or any other political issue that changed the postal history or when I deemed interesting to do so. This will be noted on the posts when it happens.