Germany & Colonies Philatelic Society

The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first year of operation of the Germany & Colonies Philatelic Society following the amalgamation of the Germany & Colonies Stamp Club (established 1947) and the Stockton German Study Group (1960).

 

The G&CPS celebrated its inaugural year in 1964 with the first Germania Posta philatelic exhibition held in Stockton.

SERVICES

 

GERMANIA

This is the Society's journal, published quarterly and sent free to members. Bound annual volumes and copies of most individual issues of Germania and other Society publications are available.

 

EXCHANGE PACKET
This service is restricted to members resident in the UK. Packets containing a wealth of material are constantly in circulation.

 

See links below for copies of the packet rules and an application form:

 

Packet Rules

Application Form

 

POSTAL AUCTION

 

Only fully paid-up members of the Society can participate in the auctions.

Auction lists can be sent by e-mail on request without charge. A small charge will be made when members receive the lists by post.

 

For fuller details of the auction see the attached items:

  1. Announcement from the new Auction Manager as printed in Germania November 2016
  2. Postal Auction rules
  3. Items 9,10 & 11 of the auction rules give details to members wishing to sell items through the auction.
  4. As mentioned above only members of the Society may participate. Any member not currently receiving a catalogue and wishing to do so, should e-mail Steve Palmer – stevenpalmer3@hotmail.com – quoting their full address details for him to check against the membership list. To join the Society please see details under the ‘Join’ heading of this website.
  5. Auction 302 realisations can be found here.
  6. Auction 303 is expected to be out in November. We already have a good number of lots provided by vendors including a large collection of Czech stamps overprinted at the end of WWII in towns and villages following the end of the Protectorate, and we have a wide range of other items including a good selection of German Colonies and PO’s and a rate book showing the railway routes and stations in 1938 and apparently used by the Allies after the war so one for all those TPO collectors.

    As always, the Auction is a useful tool for members to sell any excess German material. We charge 12.5% to vendors (plus P&P) to vendors and just P & P to buyers.

    I am often asked what is the most popular material sold in the auction. I am often surprised by some items which I thought not being of interest, attracting numerous bids and selling well above reserve, while other items which I thought a bargain not selling. If I was to generalise I would say that anything after 1949 is often difficult sell, while Third Reich period attracts the most interest, but there is plenty of interest in German Colonies, inflation and the Allied occupation and German occupations. Price is a determining factor as always!

G&CPS LIBRARY
The library holds a fine collection of books, catalogues, and other material related to German philately which may be borrowed by UK members, free of charge except for postage. The library catalogue can be found by clicking here.

 

REGIONAL & STUDY GROUPS
The Society has a number of regional and study groups. Details of these including forthcoming meetings can be found by clicking here: regional Groups, study groups.

 

PUBLICATIONS
Members can purchase publications on various aspects of German philately – general or specialised. Back issues of Germania are also available. Furthermore the Society can supply a wide range of philatelic accessories such as stamp catalogues (not just for German stamps but worldwide), albums, leaves, mounts etc mostly at 20% discount (+ postage). Go to the MEMBERS’ page for access to these membership benefits.

 

EVENTS

The Society’s AGM will be held on Friday 8 October 2021 at 8.00pm using the Zoom meeting facility. Any member wishing to ‘attend’ should contact the Hon. Secretary, as set out in the August issue of Germania, for joining instructions.

The 2022 AGM weekend is scheduled to be held from Friday 30 September to Saturday 2nd October 2022 at the Holiday Inn, Newport, Gwent.