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Warning: the unoverprinted stamps of Russia were almost without any value and are still available in large amounts. Therefore many forgers have attempted to 'increase' their value by applying forged overprints and surcharges! I quote from 'The Forged Stamps of all Countries' by J.Dorn: "The issues from the beginning of the war are uncontrollable, and must be considered a specialized filed, they are a gold-mine for the mass-production forgers."

Forged overprints! Forged overprints!
(Forged double overprints, Transcaucasian star and Armenian 'Z')

A 10.000 on 7 k blue and 15.000 on 15 k brown and blue were issued for Georgia in 1923.


Stamps issued for Georgia, see there for more details, reduced sizes

Armenia, 'k 60 k' on 1 k orange or 'Z' on stamps of Russia and 'Z' overprints for this country:

Armenia issue

Stamps with overprint 'OCCUPATION AZERBAIDJAN' were also made for Azerbaidjan.

Transcaucasian Federation, star with letters:

Stamps used in the Russian post offices in China:

Stamps of Russia, surcharged in 'CENTS'

Stamps of Russia, surcharged in 'PARA' or 'PIASTRE'

Unknown Overprints:

"Unknown overprint"

 

I've been told that the next stamp is a non-issued Zemstvo issue, I have no further information:


(Unissued Zemstvo stamp?

Charkov issue:

I have seen other values with the same 'PYb' (=rouble) overprint, also in combination with a 'Ukrain trident' overprint. For more information click here.

 

Chita issue (Far Eastern Republic, 1920):

  'P. 1 P.' on 4 k red
  '2p.50k. on 20 k blue and red
  'P. 5 P.' on 5 k lilac
  'P. 10 P.' on 70 k brown and orange

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 on 4 k***? 
2R50k on 20 k ***? 
5 R on 5 k***? 
10 R on 70 k***? 

 

Bogus overprint for Russian Turkestan:

Other bogus overprints exist, similar to the above one: 10 k on 1 k, 10 k on 2 k, 25 k on 1 k, 25 k on 2 k, 35 k on 1 k, 35 k on 2 k, 50 k on 1 k, 50 k on 2 k, 70 k on 1 k, 70 k on 2 k, 1 R on 1 k, 1 R on 2 k, 2 R on 1 k, 2 R on 2 k, 3 R on 1 k, 3 R on 2 k, 5 R on 1 k, 5 R on 2 k, 10 R on 1 k and 10 R on 2 k.

 

Overprint for Latvia, 'LP' and cross:

North-West Army?
(Reduced size)

'Eesti Post', non issued overprint for Estonia:

1922 Mountain republic in the Caucasus, overprint with star and letters 'G S S R' (in Russian, it means Gorskaja Sozialistitscheskaja Sowjetskaja Respublika = Socialist Sowjet Mountain Republic)


(Reduced sizes)

  2 k green
  5 k lilac
  10 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
2 k**** 
5 k***** 
10 k**** 

 

Army overprints (issued by the defeated Wrangel Army in Constantinopel between november 1920 and mai 1921), examples:

1000 on 7 k blue 10000 on 3 k red

The printing stones of the overprints of the Wrangel stamps ended up in France and a large number of 'reprints' was made.

Batum, British occupation

"Batum British Occupation"

Ukrain issues, arms of Ukrain overprint (various types and colours):

Ukrain overprint

North Western Army overprints (1919)


(Reduced sizes)

The following stamps of Russia (arms issue) were overprinted for the North Western Army: 2 k green, 5 k lilac, 10 k blue (red overprint), 10 k on 5 k lilac, 15 k lilac and green, 20 k blue and red, 20 k on 14 k blue and red, 25 k green and violet, 50 k lilac and green, 1 R brown and orange, 10 R red, yellow and grey, all perforated. The values 1 k orange, 2 k green, 3 k red, 5 k lilac, 15 k lilac and blue, 70 k brown and orange, 1 R brown and orange, 3 R 50 k brown and green, 5 R blue and green and 10 R green and red were issued imperforate. These overprints are relatively rare, be careful, forged overprints exist!

Kuban issue, South Russia (1919)

"Kuban region issue" "Kuban region issue"

  '-25' on 1 k yellow (perforated or imperforated)
  '-50' on 2 k green (perforated or imperforated)
  '-70 k' on 5 k lilac (perforated or imperforated)
  '1 p.' on 3 k red (perforated or imperforated)
  '-1 p.' on 3 k red (perforated or imperforated)
  '3 pybnR' on 4 k red
  '10 pybnen' on 4 k red


(Another Kuban overprint)

For more stamps issued in South Russia click here.

 

Siberia issue (1919)

  '35' on 2 k green (imperforated or perforated)
  '50' on 3 k red (imperforated or perforated)
  '70' on 1 k yellow (imperforated or perforated)
  '1 py6pb' on 4 k red (imperforated or perforated)
  '3 py6pb' on 7 k blue (perforated)
  '5 py6pb' on 14 k blue and red (perforated)


(another overprint for Siberia: 'P1-')

 

Far Eastern Republic (1920):


(Overprinted 'DBP' in fancy letters, prepared but not used)


(Further surcharges also exist, reduced sizes)

For more stamps of this region, click here.

Priamur issue (Siberia, 1922):

Genuine
(Overprinted in russian in a rectangle, non issued, 1922)

More stamps with this overprint can be found in the Priamur region.

 

Don issue (1918)

Image obtained from Bill Wagner
(Genuinly used, image obtained from Bill Wagner)

  25 on 1 k yellow (perforated or imperforated)
  25 on 2 k green (perforated or imperforated)
  25 on 3 k red (perforated or imperforated)
  25 on 4 k red
  50 on 7 k blue

For more stamps issued in South Russia and information on forgeries and postmarks of this issue click here.

Crimean issue (1918)


(Image obtained from Bill Wagner)

  '35 KOP' on 1 k yellow

There is a nice website on this issue on: http://www.firstissues.org/ficc/details/south_russia_sulkevich_1.shtml (made by Bill Wagner). For more stamps issued in South Russia click here.

Issues for the Wrangel army (Crimea)


(Genuinly used stamps, images obtained from Bill Wagner)

  5 R on 5 k lilac (perforated or imperforated)
  5 R on 20 k blue and red

A similar overprint was made on the Denikin (South Russia) issue (35 k blue).

  100 R on 1 k yellow (perforated or imperforated)
    

The 100 R stamp was prepared, but never issued. The following information was obtained from Bill Wagner (USA):
The Crimean 100 roubles surcharges were prepared for use, but never issued.  "Used" copies of them were subsequently manufactured in Paris by a former postal official, using cancellors which he carried away with him in the evacuation.  His downfall, however, was that these are postmarked with dates previous to the supposed "issue date."  If you want an illustration of these, you can find a multiple of them at http://hometown.aol.com/byckoff1/SRUSSIA.html   Note that there are different settings !  The "1" of "100" can be above the "B" or the "L" of "Rublei" below it.  This is because the typographic plate was originally set up to print double-figure surcharges, being modified at the last minute to print three-figure surcharges.

For more stamps issued in South Russia click here.

 

Other overprints:


(1920: '2 PYb' on 2 k green; issue for Yakutsk and '1 PYb' on 1 k orange for Olekminsk)

Reduced size
(1920: 'PYB' and 'P' overprint of Kustanay)


('20' on 20 k Rogachev issue, 1920)

 

Priamur issues, overprinted 'H HA H B. P. P.' (1921), example:

These overprints are extremely rare (no doubt many forged overprints will exist). For more of these stamps, click here.

 

Other overprints:

Armenian non issued stamps and Priamur stamp

Issued during the german occupation of Russia (1918)

20 pfg on 10 k blue 40 pfg on 20 k blue and red

  '20 Pfg' on 10 k blue
  '40 Pfg' on 20 k blue and red

1922 Philately day overprint

  1 k orange
  1 k orange (imperforated)
  2 k green
  3 k red
  5 k lilac
  10 k blue

These stamps were overprinted with 'RSFSR Philately day 19 - 8 -1922', they were sold at 5000 times their initial value.

1929 Eagle stamps of Russia, overprinted with star and Sowjet arms, perforated or imperforated

5 R on 20 k blue and red 200 R on 15 k lilac and blue

  5 R on 20 k blue and red
  20 R on 15 k lilac and blue
  20 R on 70 k brown and orange
  30 R on 50 k brown and green
  40 R on 15 k lilac and blue
  100 R on 15 k lilac and blue
  200 R on 15 k lilac and blue

Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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