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During the Christmas season and New Year I did have a blast with German definitive stamps. Very likely one of the most notorious of these is the Five-year-plan (“5-J-Pl.”) issues of German Democratic Republic (more commonly know as East Germany or DDR) which shows “the common men and woman at work”. Despite of rather short lifespan it is without a doubt one of the most dreaded and complex definitive stamp series ever. The first issue came out in August 1953, the last seventh issue in 1959; and the stamps became invalid in 1962. The series features pretty much everything possible. In total there are 60 stamps having several designs, most having both offset and letterpress versions. Stamps have overprints, various perforations and watermarks. There are copies with and without a footer imprint. And to make things even more fun for the collector, some of the issues exist in HUGE quantities […]

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