Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands
Yacht Issues--Sheets and Selvedges
by Dirk H.R. Spennemann

Sheet Types

The Yacht series stamps were printed on a variety of types of sheets, which can be distinguished by the arrangement of the perforation and by the lay-out of the printer registration marks. For the Pfennig values we can distinguish Type E, Type H, Type J, and Type K. On these sheets the stamps were set out in ten rows of ten. A smaller sheet was used for the Mark values.

Corner pieces are usually very diagnostic as to the type of sheet. Of these, the top left corners are non-diagnostic, as they can come from all sheet types with the exception of Type K.

Lettering at the Margins

Sheet Numbers

Sheet numbers were introduced comparatively late. For the Marshall ISlands stamps sheet numbers are only on record for the 1916 printing of the 3 Pfg Yacht series with watermarks. [Friedemann, Albert (1921) Die Postwertzeichen und Entwertungen der Deutschen Postanstalten in den Schutzgebieten und im Auslande. Als Handbuch unter Mitwirkung bedeutender Sammler bearbeitet und herausgegeben. Zweite, erweiterte Auflage. Leipzig, Albert Friedemann. P. 399

Plate Numbers

Names of Colonies at the bottom

Image courtesy Vea Petty

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Bibliographic citation for this document

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands. Yacht Issues--Sheets and Selvedges
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Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O.Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia.

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