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1905 War issue (Japanese Russian war)

  3 (+3) k brown, red and green (monument of admiral Kornilof)
  5 (+3) k violet, lilac and yellow (monument at Moscow)
  7 (+3) k blue and red (Statue of Peter the Great)
  10 (+3) k blue and yellow (Kremlin)

These stamps exist with various perforations.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3 k**** 
5 k**** 
7 k**** 
10 k**** 

 

1913 300 years reign of the Romanovs, various designs

3 k red 7 k brown 14 k green 15 k brown 35 k violet and green 50 k brown and grey 70 k green and brown

1 R green

  1 k orange (Peter the Great)
  2 k green (Alexander II)
  3 k red (Alexander III)
  4 k red (Peter the Great)
  7 k brown (Nicholas II)
  10 k blue (Nicholas II)
  14 k green (Catherine II)
  15 k brown (Nicholas I)
  20 k green (Alexander I)
  25 k lilac (Alexei Michaelovich)
  35 k violet and green (Paul I)
  50 k brown and grey (Elisabeth)
  70 k green and brown (Michael Feodorovich)
  1 R green (Kremlin)
  2 R brown (Winterpalace in St.Petersburg)
  3 R violet (Castle of the Romanovs)
  5 R brown (Nicholas II)

Surcharged (1916)

10 on 7 k brown 20 on 14 k green

  '10' on 7 k brown
  '20' on 14 k green

All the above stamps are perforated 13 1/2.

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 kcvc 
2 kcvc 
3 kcvc 
4 kcc 
7 kcvc 
10 kcc 
14 k*c 
15 k*c 
20 k*c 
25 k** 
35 k ** 
50 k** 
70 k** 
1 R*** 
2 R*** 
3 R**** 
5 R***** 
Surcharged
10 on 7 kcc 
20 on 14 kcc 

Some of these stamps exist on very thick paper with an impression at the back side, they were primarily used as money and issued without gum.

"2" on 2 k green "Frontside" "Backside"

"1" on 1 k orange ?

With eagle and text on the backside
  10 k blue (1915)
  15 k brown (1915)
  20 k green (1915)
  '1' on 1 k orange (1916)
  '2' on 2 k green (1916)
  3 k red (1916)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
On thick paper, text on back
10 kcR 
15 kcR 
20 kcR 
1 on 1 kc* 
2 on 2 kc* 
3 kc* 

These stamps exist surcharged in 'PARA' or 'PIASTRES' for use in Turkey.

Provisional overprints exist with 2 crossed swords (could be a bogus issue), one stamp always bears 1/4 of the overprint, I have only seen this overprint in red, it also exists on postcards. Example of this overprint:

I've been told that this is a postal forgery, I have no further information:


(Postal forgery?)

 

1914 Large stamps, war charity

1 k red and green on yellow 3 k red and grey Note the weird cancel: 'Ponape Karolinen 6/6 07'!!! 10 k blue and brown

  1 (+1) k red and green on yellow (mediaeval russian heroe)
  3 (+1) k red and grey (Kosak)
  7 (+1) k brown and green on yellow (mother with children)
  10 (+1) k blue and brown on blue (St.George killing the dragon)

Two different colour shades exist of all these stamps (except the 7 k). They were perforated 11 1/2, 12 1/2 or 13 1/2.

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 kccBoth colour shades
3 kccBoth colour shades
7 kccBoth colour shades
10 k** 

"SPECIMEN" overprint

Numerous of these stamps were overprinted with 'ObPA3EIIb' (Specimen in Russian).


(Reduced size)

The above overprint was used for sending stamps abroad (as the stamp commerce was controlled by the state in Sowjet Russia).

 

1918 Sword breaking chains (so-called Kerenski issue)

70 k brown

  35 k blue
  70 k 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
35 kvcvc 
70 kcc 

Overprinted with Russian text and value (surcharged for the Wolga hunger famine, 1922)

  100 + 100 R on 70 k brown
  250 + 250 R on 35 k blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
100 + 100 R on 70 kc*Overprint in black, red or blue
250 + 250 R on 35 kccOverprint in black, red or blue

unknown overprint
(Unknown overprint 'PCFCP UKPG ObMbH 500 p.')

1924 Postage due stamps, overprinted 'DOPLATA' and surcharged in russian (in red)

1 k on 35 k blue

  1 k on 35 k blue
  3 k on 35 k blue
  5 k on 35 k blue
  10 k on 35 k blue
  12 k on 70 k brown
  14 k on 35 k blue
  32 k on 35 k blue
  40 k on 35 k blue

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 k on 35 kcc 
3 k on 35 kcc 
5 k on 35 kcc 
10 k on 35 k** 
12 k on 70 k** 
14 k on 35 k*c 
32 k on 35 k** 
40 k on 35 k** 

I've been told that the next stamp is a postal forgery:

70 k brown
(Left: postal forgery; Right: genuine stamp)

There are small differences in the letters and numbers when compared to a genuine stamp. For example the left '7' is clearly different the '0's have narrower center spaces, the 'P' is different and the inverted 'R' is different. This postal forgery is not mentioned in the book 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G.L Fletcher.


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