RUSSIA Eagle issues, overprints, part 1

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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
Value Unused Used Remarks
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
Value Unused Used Remarks
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"

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

Russia eagle overprints, part 2

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