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1889 Double headed eagle, larger size

Without thunderbolts below the eagle in the posthorns

3 R 50 black and grey 7 R black and yellow


(Zoom-in of the posthorn part: no thunderbolts)

  3 R 50 black and grey
  7 R black 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
Watermark 'Wavy lines', perforated 13 1/2 (1884)
3 R 50RRRRHorizontally or vertically laid paper
7 RRRRRVertically laid paper only
With thunderbolts below the eagle

1 R brown and orange 3 R 50 black and grey 7 R black and yellow 7 R black and yellow 7 R green and red 10 R red, yellow and grey

5 R blue and green, perforated

Perforated
  1 R brown and orange (1889) 
  3 R 50 k black and grey (1889)
  3 R 50 k brown and green (1917)
  5 R blue and green (1906)
  7 R black and yellow (1889)
  7 R green and red (1917)
  10 R red, yellow and grey (1906)

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 R**cPerforated 13 1/2 or 11 1/2 (***)
Watermark wavy lines
Horizontally or vertically laid paper
1 RccPerforated 13 1/2 or 12 1/2 (*), on paper with
varnished 'Lozenges' pattern on the front (1909)
3 R 50 black and grey **Perforated 13 1/2
Horizontally or vertically laid paper
3 R 50 brown and green ccPerforated 13 1/2 or 12 1/2
5 R****Perforated 13 1/2 or 11 1/2 (RR)
7 R black and yellow**Perforated 13 1/2
Vertically laid paper only
7 R green and red**Two types: single or double outer line
Perforated 13 1/2 or 12 1/2.
10 R****Perforated 13 1/2

stamp of Finland

The stamps 1 R, 3 R 50 k black and grey and 7 R black and yellow with small circles added in the design were issued for Finland (see picture above).

Imperforated (with thunderbolts, 1915)

5 R blue and green 10 R red, yellow and grey

  1 R brown and orange
  3 R 50 k brown and green
  5 R blue and green
  7 R green and red
  10 R red, yellow and grey

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 RcvcI've seen misplaced and inverted central parts
also misplaced background patterns
3 R 50c* 
5 R cc 
7 R** 
10 R****** 

Forgeries: Fournier has made forgeries of the 3R50 and 7R without thunderbolt stamps. They are quite deceptive. He offers them for 4 Swiss Francs (both values) in his 1914 pricelist as first choice forgeries. Luckily, the cancels are always the same (even the date), this seems an easy way to detect these forgeries. Examples of Fournier forgeries:


(Fournier forgeries, reduced sizes)


(Reduced sizes)

Above, some of the cancels used by Fournier are shown. The following cancels seem to exist:
St.Petersburg 21 May 1888
St.Petersburg 12 June 1889
Noworadomsk 12 June 1886
Kovno 8 June 1886
Lubni 7 November 1887
Moscow 14 December 1888
Riga 1 June 1888


(A Fournier forgery with inverted eagle center part? Not listed anywhere, but it has the 'St.Petersburg 21 May 1888' cancel)

According to 'The forged Stamps of all Countries' by J.Dorn two plates were used to make these forgeries. Some distinguishing characteristics:



Senf made a forgery of the imperforate 1 R value. This forgery was distributed with stamp journal the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal', No 13 (6 July 1889, thus long before the imperforate stamps of 1915 were issued) as an 'art supplement' or 'Kunstbeigabe':


(Senf forgery)

The thunderbolt stamps have sometimes been overpainted to pretend to be stamps without thunderbolts. However, they can be detected by the fact that the posthorns are smaller in the stamps with thunderbolt (sorry, no picture of such a forgery yet).

The following large stamp was issued in 1863 to be used in the Russian post offices in the Turkish empire:


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