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The Stamps and Postal History of Russia

The first stamp of Russia was intended to have been perforated. However, due to problems with building the perforating machinery the imperforated sheets of 10k blue and brown Russia stamps had to be distributed in early December in time for the official day of issue on 1st January 1858. Although not an error the reasons behind Russia’s first stamp being imperforate are not the same as seen in other countries. Problems in manufacturing postmark devises also meant that many of these first stamps were cancelled by a penned cross, the technique already employed on postal stationery envelope impressions.The perforating apparatus now working the full perforated set of 10k, 20k & 30k was issued during January and February 1858.


The small size but colourful ‘Arms’ definitive stamps gave way after the Russian Socialist Federal Soviet Republic was proclaimed to much surcharging and overprinting due to the upheavals of revolution and civil war. After 1923 and the founding of the U.S.S.R. there were many more pictorial issues and the uplifting patriotic images were welcomed by collectors at home and abroad bringing in much needed currency, the local philatelists often obtaining the used examples at reasonable prices.


The Russian Civil War period during 1918-20 gave stamp collections another interesting area with the various armies and regional governments issuing unique and overprinted issues including the Refugee Post of General Wrangle. Russian stamps and postal history is amongst the most popular in the world, many books on the postmarks, proofs, essays, errors and varieties have been written and excellent listings of the stamps. Contact us if you would like any assistance collecting stamps of Russia.

Russia Stamps

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  • Lot 979 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £45

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    RUSSIA - 1908-18 5k imperf DOUBLE IMPRESSION,Michel B DD,SG 111Aa,NHM marg
  • Lot 980 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £60 - £70

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    RUSSIA - 1923 5r blue Peasant DOUBLE PRINT variety,Mich 217 A DD,vfm,fresh
  • Lot 981 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £24 - £26

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    RUSSIA - 1934 Air Civil Aviation no wmk set,SG 643B/47B,Mi 462/6 Z,vfu (5)
  • Lot 982 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    RUSSIA - CHECHNYA 2000-05 local private stamps on spec de Gaulle covers(8)
  • Lot 983 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    RUSSIA - NORTH OSSETIA 1997-2000 local private opts on de Gaulle covers,11
  • Lot 984 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    RUSSIA - STAMP pictorial embossed postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 985 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    RUSSIA - TUVA 1999-2005 local private stamps on spec de Gaulle covers (8)
  • Lot 2924 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £80 - £90

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    RUSSIA - 1858 30k green and carmine rose, no wmk, perf 12½, SG 7, used. Hinge thin but fine appearance. Scarce stamp.
  • Lot 2925 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £950 - £1,050

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    RUSSIA - 1908-18 7k light blue with VARNISH LINES MISSING variety (Michel 68 I A F, SG 97 var), fine mint (only two stamps hinged) lower left corner IMPRINT BLOCK of 15 with sheet margins to three ...
  • Lot 2926 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £125 - £150

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    RUSSIA - 1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition overprints complete set, Mi 427/28, SG 606/07, very fine mint. (2 stamps)

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