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Russian postoffices in Turkey, part 1

1900 Stamps of Russia, overprinted with value in 'PARA' or 'PIASTRE'

'10 PARA' on 2 k green '20 PARA' on 4 k red '1 PIASTRE' on 10 k blue '35 PIASTRES' on 3 1/2 R black and grey

  '4 PARA' (blue or black) on 1 k orange
  '10 PARA' (red) on 2 k green
  '20 PARA' (blue) on 4 k red
  '20 PARA' on 5 k lilac (1910)
  '1 PIASTRE' (red) on 10 k blue
  '2 PIASTRES' on 20 k blue and red
  '5 PIASTRES' (red) on 50 k lilac and green
  '7 PIASTRES' (blue) on 70 k brown and orange
  '10 PIASTRES' (blue) on 1 R brown and orange (larger size)
  '35 PIASTRES' (red) on 3 1/2 R black and grey (larger size)
  '70 PIASTRES' (red) on 7 R black and yellow (larger size)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 pa on 1 k cc 
10 pa on 2 kcc 
20 pa on 4 kcc 
1 Pi on 10 kcc 
2 Pi on 20 k** 
5 Pi on 50 k** 
7 Pi on 70 k**** 
10 Pi on 1 R**** 
35 Pi on 3 1/2 R ******1905
70 Pi on 7 R******1905

 

1907 As Russian stamps, but with ship in centre, inscription '1857 1907'

5 para on 1 k orange '5 PIASTRES' on 50 k lilac and green

  '5 PARA' on 1 k orange
  '10 PARA' on 2 k green
  '20 PARA' on 4 k red
  '1 PIASTRE' on 10 k blue
  '5 PIASTRES' on 50 k lilac and green
  '7 PIASTRES' on 70 k brown and orange
  '10 PIASTRES' on 1 R brown and orange (larger size)
  '35 PIASTRES' on 3 1/2 R brown and green (larger size)
  '70 PIASTRES' on 7 R green and red (larger size)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa on 1 k cc 
10 pa on 2 kcc 
20 pa on 4 kcc 
1 Pi on 10 kcc 
5 Pi on 50 k** 
7 Pi on 70 k** 
10 Pi on 1 R**** 
35 Pi on 3 1/2 R ****** 
70 Pi on 7 R****** 

These stamps exists overprinted 'Beyrouth', 'Constantinople', 'Dardanelles', 'Jaffa', 'Jerusalem', 'Kerasunde', 'Metelin' (Mytilena), 'Mont Athos', 'Rizeh', 'Salonique', 'Smyrne', 'Trebizonde' and a russian text (also Mount Athos).

"Metelin" Dardanelles Salonique Salonique

Mont-Athos
(reduced sizes)

 

1911 Stamps of Russia, overprinted with value in 'PARA' or 'PIASTRE'

'5 PARA' on 1 k orange '10 PARA' on 2 k green 15 PARA on 3 k red '20 PARA' on 4 k red '1 PIASTRE' on 10 k blue 3 1/2 PIASTRES on 35 k lilac and green

  '5 PARA' (blue) on 1 k orange
  '10 PARA' (red) on 2 k green
  '15 PARA' on 3 k red
  '20 PARA' (blue) on 4 k red
  '20 PARA' (diagonal) on 5 k lilac
  '20 PARA' (horizontal) on 5 k lilac
  '1 PIASTRE' (red) on 10 k blue
  '1 1/2 PIASTRES' on 15 k lilac and blue
  '2 PIASTRES' on 20 k blue and red
  '2 1/2 PIASTRES' on 25 k green and violet
  '3 1/2 PIASTRES' on 35 k lilac and green
  '5 PIASTRES' on 50 k lilac and green
  '7 1/2 PIASTRES' on 70 k brown and orange
  '10 PIASTRES' on 1 R brown and orange
  'PIAS 50 TRES' on 5 R black, green and blue
  'PIAS 100 TRES' on 10 R

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pa on 1 k cc 
10 pa on 2 kcc 
15 pa on 3 kcc 
20 pa on 4 kcc 
20 pa on 5 kccdiagonally surcharged
20 pa on 5 k  horizontally surcharged
1 Pi on 10 kcc 
1 1/2 Pi on 15 k cc 
2 Pi on 20 kcc 
2 1/2 Pi on 25 k c* 
3 1/2 Pi on 35 k ** 
5 Pi on 50 k** 
7 Pi on 70 k** 
10 Pi on 1 R** 
50 Pi on 5 R**** 
100 Pi on 10 R****** 

 

1919 Prepared, but non issued stamps, overprinted with Russian text:

4 PARA on 1 k orange

  '4 PARA' on 1 k orange
  '10 PARA' on 2 k green
  '20 PARA' on 4 k red
  '20 PARA' on 5 k lilac
  '2 PIASTRES' on 20 k blue and red
  '5 PIASTRES' on 50 k lilac and green
  '7 PIASTRES' on 70 k brown and orange
  '10 PIASTRES' on 1 R brown and orange

Surcharged

5 Pi on 4 PARA on 1 k orange

  '1/2 pi' on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '1/2 pi' on '10 PARA' on 2 k 
  '1/2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 4 k 
  '1/2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 5 k 
  '1 pi' on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '1 pi' on '10 PARA' on 2 k 
  '1 pi' on '20 PARA' on 4 k
  '1 pi' on '20 PARA' on 5 k  
  '1 1/2 pi' on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '1 1/2 pi' on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '1 1/2 pi' on '10 PARA' on 2 k 
  '1 1/2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 4 k 
  '1 1/2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 5 k 
  '2 pi' on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '2 pi' on '10 PARA' on 2 k 
  '2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 4 k 
  '2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 5 k 
  '2 1/2' pi on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '2 1/2 pi' on '10 PARA' on 2 k 
  '2 1/2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 4 k 
  '2 1/2 pi' on '20 PARA' on 5 k 
  '2 1/2 pi' on '2 PIASTRES' on 20 k
  '3 pi' on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '3 pi' on '10 PARA' on 2 k 
  '3 pi' on '20 PARA' on 4 k 
  '3 pi' on '20 PARA' on 5 k 
  '3 pi' on '2 PIASTRES' on 20 k
  '5 pi' on '4 PARA' on 1 k 
  '5 pi' on '10 PARA' on 2 k 
  '5 pi' on '20 PARA' on 4 k 
  '5 pi' on '20 PARA' on 5 k 
  '5 pi' on '2 PIASTRES' on 20 k 
  '10 pi' on '5 PIASTRES' on 50 k
  '10 pi' on '7 PIASTRES' on 70 k 
  '20 pi' on '10 PIASTRES' on 1 R
  '30 pi' on '10 PIASTRES' on 1 R
  '50' on '35 pi' on 3 R 50
  '100' on '70 pi' on 7 R

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 to R  

 

1913 Romanov issue surcharged in 'PARA' or 'PIASTRE'

5 pa on 1 k orange 10 pa on 2 k green 15 pa on 3 k red

  5 pa on 1 k orange
  10 pa on 2 k green
  15 pa on 3 k red
  20 pa on 4 k red
  1 Pi on 10 k blue
  1 1/2 Pi on 15 k brown
  2 Pi on 20 k green
  2 1/2 Pi on 25 k lilac
  3 1/2 Pi on 35 k violet and green
  5 Pi on 50 k brown and grey
  7 Pi on 70 k green and brown
  10 Pi on 1 r green
  20 Pi on 2 R brown
  30 Pi on 3 R violet
  50 Pi on 5 R 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
5 pa on 1 kvcc 
10 pa on 2 kcc 
15 pa on 3 k cc 
20 pa on 4 kcc 
1 Pi on 10 kcc 
1 1/2 pi on 15 k cc 
2 Pi on 20 kcc 
2 1/2 Pi on 25 k ** 
5 Pi on 50 k** 
7 Pi on 70 k****** 
10 Pi on 1 R****** 
20 Pi on 2 R** 
30 Pi on 3 R**** 
50 Pi on 5 RRRRR 

 

From 1st October 1914 the stamps of the Russian offices were no longer used in Turkey.


Miscellaneous

Non issued stamps or fiscals?

I have seen these stamps in the values: 10 pa green, 20 pa violet, 20 pa red, 1 Pi blue and 1 Pi red.

Bogus issue, ship in center, eagle above 'P' and 'M' in ellipses at both side of eagle (resembles vaguely the 1865 issue):


(Small and large design)

I have seen the values:
*) In a small design:
1 Pi violet and brown, 1 Pi lilac and brown, 1 Pi blue and red, 1 1/2 Pi lilac and brown, 2 1/2 Pi red and blue, 2 Pi lilac and brown, 2 Pi grey and blue, 2 Pi blue and red, 2 1/2 Pi lilac and brown, 2 1/2 Pi blue and red, 2 1/2 Pi yellow and green, 3 1/2 Pi green and black, 5 Pi lilac and brown, 5 Pi blue and red, 20 Pi blue and red.
The 1 Pi have inscription '1 PIASTRES' (with final 'S').

*) In a larger design:
10 Pi lilac and brown, 20 Pi lilac and violet, 30 Pi lilac and brown, 30 Pi green and black, 35 Pi grey and blue, 35 Pi blue and red, 50 Pi lilac and brown, 50 Pi grey and blue, 70 Pi grey and blue, 100 Pi grey and blue and 100 Pi blue and red. I have even seen tete-beche stamps of this issue.


(Unissued stamp? 'LEVANT' in red on a 100 R stamp of 1921, the postmark also seems to be from Turkey)


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