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1918 Inscription 'Lietuvos Pastas'

Circles touching each other (4 lines of text, Vilnius printing)

  10 s black
  15 s black
  20 s black
  30 s black
  40 s black
  50 s black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 sRRRR 
15 sRRRR 
20 s****** 
30 s****** 
40 sRR 
50 sR*** 
Circles don't touch each other (4 lines of text, first Kaunas issue)

  10 s black
  15 s black
  20 s black
  30 s black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 sR*** 
15 sR*** 
20 sR*** 
30 sR*** 
3 lines of text, currency 'sk' at the right (second Kaunas issue)

3 lines, currency at the right
(Reduced size)

  10 s black
  15 s black
  20 s black
  30 s black
  40 s black
  50 s black
  60 s black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 s**** 
15 s**** 
20 s**** 
30 s**** 
40 s**** 
50 s**** 
60 s**** 
3 lines of text, currency ('sk') at both sides (third Kaunas issue)


(Reduced size)

  10 s black
  15 s balck
  20 s black
  30 s black
  40 s black
  50 s black
  60 s black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 s**** 
15 s**** 
20 s**** 
30 s**** 
40 s**** 
50 s**** 
60 s**** 

Forgeries exist, by the way, I'm not sure if the above stamps are genuine, example of a forgery:

 

1919 Grodno issue, stamps of Russia, overprinted 'Lietuva', value and russian text (rare)

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  50 s on 3 k red
  50 s on 5 k lilac
  50 s on 10 k blue
  50 s on 15 k brown and blue
  50 s on 25 k green and violet
  50 s on 35 k brown and green
  50 s on 50 k lilac and green
  50 s on 70 k brown and red

 

1919 Three different designs with arms of the country

  10 s red (two shades of red were issued)
  15 s violet (two shades)
  20 s blue (two shades)
  30 s orange
  30 s brown
  40 s brown (two shades)
  50 s green (two shades)
  75 s yellow and red (two shades of yellow)
  1 A grey and red (two shades)
  3 A brown and red (two shades)
  5 A green and red (two shades)

In 1922 many of these stamps were surcharged, examples:

 

1920 Commemoration of the independance, inscription 'LIETUVA 1918-11-16', various designs

  10 s red
  15 s lilac
  20 s blue
  30 s brown
  40 s brown and green
  50 s red
  60 s lilac
  80 s violet and red
  1 A green and red
  3 A brown and red
  5 A green and red

 

1920 National Assembly, inscription 'STEIG SEIMAS' or 'STEIGIAMASIS SEIMAS'

  10 s red
  15 s blue
  20 s green
  30 s brown
  40 s green and violet
  50 s brown and orange
  60 s red and orange
  80 s grey and red
  1 A black and orange
  3 A black and green
  5 A black and grey

Local Issue?

Inscription 'Raseiniu Apskricio Pasto zenklas' (1919?):


Local issue? 15 k green and black


Fiscal Stamps

Inscription 'VALSTYBES RINKLIAVA':

In the above design I have seen: 30 c lilac and red, 50 c brown and red, '1 LITAS' on 10 a blue and red.

In the above large design I have seen: 2 L black and red, 5 L orange and red. I have also seen a surcharge stamp: '2 LITU' on 100 a blue and red.



Central Lithuania (Litwa Srodkowa)

In 1920 some stamps of Lithuania were overprinted with 'SRODKOWA LITWA POCZTA', example:

  2 m on 15 s lilac
  4 m (blue) on 10 s red
  4 m on 20 s blue
  4 m (blue) on 30 s brown
  6 m (blue) on 50 s green
  6 m (blue) on 60 s violet and red
  6 m on 75 s brown and red
  10 m (blue) on 1 A grey and red
  10 m on 3 A brown and red
  10 m on 5 A green and red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 m on 15 s****** 
4 m on 10 s**** 
4 m on 20 s****** 
4 m on 30 s**** 
6 m on 50 s****** 
6 m on 60 s****** 
6 m on 75 s****** 
10 m on 1 A****** 
10 m on 3 ARRRR 
10 m on 5 ARRRR 

 

From 1920 to 1922 Central Lithuania issued its own stamps, they all have the inscription Litwa Srodkowa. In 1922 Central Lithuania was unified with Poland. Examples:

Pictures of the stamps can be found above!

1920 Various designs, perforated or imperforate

  25 f grey (woman's head)
  1 M orange (man with harnass)
  2 M lilac (building)
  4 M green and yellow (building)
  6 M red and grey (swords?)
  10 M brown and yellow (general Zeligowski)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
25 f to 2 Mcc 
4 M and 6 Mc* 
10 M** 
Surcharged
  '+1' on 2 M lilac
  '+1M' on 4 M green and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'+1' on 2 Mc* 
'+1M' on 4 M** 
Similar design, but with surcharge incorporated in the design
  2 M + 1 M lilac
  4 M + 1 M green and yellow
  10 M + 2 M brown and yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 M + 1 Mc* 
4 M + 1 M** 
10 M + 2 M** 

 

1920 Eagle, inscriptio 'SRODKOWA LITWA', perforated or imperforate

  25 f red
  25 f green
  1 M blue
  1 M brown
  2 M violet
  2 M yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuescc 
Overprinted 'NA SLASK 2 M.' (1921)
  2 M (green) on 25 f red
  2 M (red) on 25 f green
  2 M (red) on 1 M blue
  2 M (red) on 1 M brown
  2 M (red) on 2 M violet
  2 M (red) on 2 M yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesc* 

 

1920 Cathedral or Parliament(?)

  1 M grey and yellow
  2 M red and green
  3 M green
  4 M brown (two shades)
  5 M brown
  6 M grey and brown
  10 M lilac and brown
  20 M brown (two shades)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values except 20 M cc 
20 M** 

 

1921 Commemoration of the victory of General Zeligowsky

  100 M blue and brown (general on a horse)
  150 M olive and brown (portrait of the general)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values**** 

 

1922 Parliament issue, inscription 'SEJM w WILNIE', perforated or imperforate

  10 M brown
  25 M red and brown
  50 M blue
  75 M brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 M** 
25 M** 
50 M** 
75 M**** 

 

1920 Postage due stamps, inscription 'DOPLATA', perforated or imperforate

  50 f brown
  1 M green
  2 M brown 
  3 M brown
  5 M brown
  20 M red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
50 f to 3 Mcc 
5 M and 20 Mc* 

 

Memel

In 1920 the Memel territory (formerly belonging to Germany) was put under the influence of France. It joined Lithuania in 1923. For examples of these stamps see Cd 1.


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