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1863 Large stamp, with russian double headed eagle

I've been told that this stamp is genuine

  6 k blue

These stamps were used on newspapers from Russia to Turkey.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
6 k RRRRR 

Forgeries exist of these stamps.


(Forgery, sorry, I only have the upper part of this picture)

The above forgery has the crown of the eagle too close to the circle above it, the serifs of the letters are alos too big (compare for example the 'HA'). I know that the forger Fournier sold forgeries of this stamp.


(Senf forgery, with overprint 'FACSIMILE')

Senf made a forgery of this stamp. This forgery was distributed with stamp journal the 'Illustrierten Briefmarken Journal', No 24 (17 December 1887) as an 'art supplement' or 'Kunstbeigabe'. The forgery always bears 'FACSIMILE.' on top.

 

1865 Ship and eagle, inscription 'P.O.P.n.T'

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


(Reduced sizes)

  (10) pa blue and brown
  (2) Pi red and blue
  (10) pa red with blue underprint
  (10) pa red with blue underprint (ship and eagle no lines)
  (2) Pi blue with red underprint
  (2) Pi blue with blue underprint (ship and eagle no lines)

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 pa blue and brown RRRRRR 
2 Pi red and blueRRRRRR 
With lined network underprint
10 pa red****** 
2 Pi blueRR 
With lines network underprint (eagle and value no lines)
10 pa redRRRR 
2 Pi blueRRRR 

On letter:

The inscription 'P.O.P.n.T' stands for: 'Russkoe Obshchestvo Parokhodstva I Torgovli' which means: 'Russian Company for Steam Shipping and Trade' in Russian. There was an agreement between the Russian govenment and this company to use the offices of the company as postal offices in Turkey. These stamps had no value indicated on them.

Reprints seem to exist of all these stamps (slightly different colours and papers).

 

1868 Value

1 k orange 7 k blue 10 k red and green

  1 k brown
  1 k orange (1884)
  1 k black and yellow (1879)
  2 k black and red (1879)
  2 k green (1884)
  3 k green
  5 k blue
  5 k lilac (1884)
  7 k red and grey (1879)
  7 k blue (1884)
  10 k red and green

Surcharged 

could be a forgery


(Reduced size)

  '7' on 10 k red and green (1879)
  '8' on 10 k red and green (1876)

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 11 1/2 (1868)
1 k brown ****** 
3 k****** 
5 k blue****** 
10 k****** 
Watermark 'Wavy lines', perforated 14 1/2
Horizontally or vertically laid paper (1872)
1 k brown****Vertically laid paper: ***
1 k black and yellow **Vertically laid paper: **
2 k black and red****Vertically laid paper: ***
3 k****Vertically laid paper: ***
5 k blue**Vertically laid paper: ***
7 k red and black***Vertically laid paper: ***
10 k**Vertically laid paper: R
7 on 10 kRRSurcharge in black or blue
'7' fat (R) or thin (RRR)
8 on 10 kRRSurcharge in black or blue
Perforated 14 1/2 (1884)
1 k yellowcc 
2 k greencc 
5 k lilac** 
7 k blue*c 

 

Russian postoffices in Turkey, part 2


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