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1921 Control Stamp, these stamps were used postally in 1920 occasionally


Postal savings stamps (in 1918 used as postage stamp):

Postal savings stamps

10 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
ValueUnusedPostally Used (on letter) Remarks
1 k cc 
5 kcc 
10 kcc 

Fiscal overprints? (I've been told that these overprints were used in Kiev, I have no other information):

(Reduced sizes)


18975 General fiscal stamps (in 1917 used as postage stamps) with inscription 'GEPbOBAR MAPKA':

5 k 10 k 60 k

The following values were issued (all slightly different designs): 
  5 k red, black and blue
  10 k dark brown and light brown (1879)
  15 k green and yellowish green
  40 k red and black 
  60 k light blue and dark blue (1879)
  80 k red (1888)
  1 R brown (1901)


1907 New type with crown in the center

5 k lilac
(5 k brown fiscal stamp with crown)

The following stamps exist in the above design: 5 k brown, 10 k green, 15 k blue, 20 k brown, 50 k red, 75 k green, 1.25 R black, 3 R blue and 5 R green. These stamps have an underprint in a different colour.

(Reduced view)


Railway fiscal stamps of the Nikolaevsk Railway company

I have seen the values 1 k yellow and black, 3 k green and black, 5 k blue and black and 10 k red and black.

Fiscal stamps of Moscow

I have also seen a 40 k red in the same design.

Fiscal stamps of St. Petersburg

At least the following values exist: 3 k black, 5 k blue (imperforated and perforated), 15 k orange and black; a similar design with arms in the center also exists.

Fiscal stamp, postally used

In the early Sowjet Republic letters didn't need a postage stamp. But in the 1920's stamps were reintroduced. Also fiscal stamps, etc. were allowed to be used as postage stamps. The above stamp is a marine fiscal stamp used for this purpose.

Consular stamps:

(Reduced size)

I have seen the values 1 k, 2 k, 5 k, 10 k, 25 k, 50 k, 75 k, 1R50, 4R50, and 7R50. They were first issued in 1913, the values 1 R, 2 R, 2.25 R, 3 R and 15 R should also exist. In a slightly different design (eagle in the middle) were issued the values 10 R, 30 R, 50 R and 100 R:

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These consular stamps were used in 1922 with overprint as airmail stamps (12 m on 2 R25, 24 m on 3 R, 120 m on 2R25, 600 m on 3 R, 1200 m on 10 k, 1200 m on 50 k, 1200 m on 2R25 and 1200 m on 3 R). They are all very rare with this overprint.

(Genuine overprint, image obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com)

Forgeries exist, examples:

(Genuine stamps with forged overprints)

The next stamp is a fiscal tax on shipments of stamps abroad (during the Sowjet era), I've seen the values 1 R, 3 R, 5 R and 10 R:

Other local fiscal stamps:

(Piatgorsk Passport stamp)

RUSSIA, Postcards Envelopes, etc.


1845-1848 Arms of Russia

10 k black 10 k black

(Picture taken from an old catalogue)

stamped envelope for St.Petersburg
(Reduced size)

  5 Kop blue (stamped envelope for St.Petersburg, 1845)
  5 Kop red
  10 Kop black
  20 Kop blue
  30 Kop red

1869 Arms of Russia

(Reduced size)

(picture taken from an old catalogue)

  5 Kop red
  5 Kop red


1883 Arms of Russia

3 k red "Postcard"

  2 k green
  3 k red
  5 k violet
  7 k blue


Other postal stationery:

3 k black, Cut from postcard

"Postcard" 3 k black

Arms in an ellipse:

7 k black

I have seen the values:
  5 k violet
  7 k grey
  8 k grey
  10 k brown
  20 k blue
  30 k red

Surcharged with fancy pattern:

Whole letter, overprinted in red

  7 k on 8 k grey
  7 k on 10 k brown

(Reduced size)

I have seen another postcard in a different design of 14 k blue and two postcards of 10 k blue and 20 k blue in again another design.


1913 Romanov issue (as postage stamps)

Postcard, used in Petrograd

Besides the above shown 3 k red, I have also seen: 1 k orange, 2 k green, 7 k brown, 10 k blue, 14 k green and 20 k green.

Telegraph stamps and cuts

1866 Telegraph stamps, arms in circle, inscription 'TELEGPAFb'

  20 k brown and black
  '10 k. 10 k.' on 20 k brown and black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
10 k on 20 kRRRRRR 


(Reduced sizes)

I have seen such a cut pasted on part of a letter.

(Mistery item, double headed eagle with inscription 'TELEGRAPH')

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