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The 50 Pfennig value was used to pay supplemental postal service fees.

The ink used on a few of the very early printing (1889-90) is red under ultraviolet light. The color, in parenthesis, is that seen under UV light.

 

 

 

 

 brown-red
(fire red)
(1889-90)

 dark brown-red
(dark fire red)
(1889-90)

 brown-carmine
(wine red)
(1889-90)

dark brown-carmine
(wine red)
(1889-90)

Other printings used a non-florescent ink.

 

 

 

 

 

 reddish-brown
(1889-91)

  reddish lilac-brown
(1889-91)

 dull rose-brown
(1893-94)

lilac-brown
(1890-1900)

 dark lilac-brown
(1897)

The Kohl handbook simply lists the first use of this value as "November, 1889".

 

 November 23, 1889