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Robert Schumann Death Centenary Error

The score on the stamp on the left is by Franz Schubert; the corrected design on the right features a score by Robert Schumann.

Robert Schumann, the famous composer, was born in Zwickau, Saxony on June 8, 1810. He died on July 29, 1856. The German Democratic Republic issued stamps to commemorate the centenary of his death. The first printings, issued on July 20, 1956 in 10 and 20 pfenning denominations, featured an error in their design: the music score was that of Schubert. When this mistake was discovered, a new plate and printing was ordered with correct music by Schumann. This was issued on October 8, 1956.


"German Democratic Republic." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 2005.

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