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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.

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  • Lot 525 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £100 - £150

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    RUSSIA - 1850's-1980's COLLECTION IN 5 STOCKBOOKS mint and used issues incl. areas etc. (Qty)
  • Lot 526 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £170 - £200

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    RUSSIA - 1923-1947 COLLECTION mint or used incl. 1925-28 Lenin set used, plus values to 5r mint, 1927-28 Portraits set used, 1930 Revolution imperf set mint, 1931 Polar Flight imperf with 30k, 1r (...
  • Lot 527 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £180 - £220

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    RUSSIA - 1923-29 MINT COLLECTION incl. 1923 Air imperf set, Agricultural exhibition set perf and imperf, 1923-23 imperf definitive set, 1924 Lenin values to 20k various frame sizes, 1924 Leningrad ...
  • Lot 528 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £150 - £170

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    RUSSIA - 1961-69 NEVER HINGED MINT COLLECTION virtually complete, incl. 1961 1r both silver foils issues, most mini-sheets etc. S.T.C. €1150+. (+/- 1,250 stamps & 28 M/S's)
  • Lot 529 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £20 - £30

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    RUSSIA - 1965 apparently complete never hinged mint, SG 3087-3239. (approx 150 stamps and 4 m/s)
  • Lot 530 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £25 - £30

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    RUSSIA - 1967-69 NEVER HINGED MINT apparently complete run. (approx 370 stamps and 16 m/s)
  • Lot 531 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £25 - £35

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    RUSSIA - 1968-80 COVERS two albums of envelopes to Holland, bearing a wide range of colourful philatelic frankings, incl. sets and miniature sheets. Also a Schaubek printed album for 1962-78 issues...
  • Lot 1008 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 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 1009 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 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 1010 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 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)

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