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Russian Stamps

Issues of 1913 - 1917


Czar Nicholas II
Commemorative Five Ruble Stamp issued in 1913


The first commemorative Russian stamps, honoring the Romanov Dynasty, were issued in January 1913.  It was a time of great jubilation, but all was NOT well.  Russian involvement in World War I, combined with the suffering and poverty of the Russian people, would trigger a cataclysmic revolution.

Within less than four years, both the Romanov Dynasty AND the Russian Empire would be history, and the factions of the former empire would be embroiled in a civil war that would rage on for yet another five years!


WMK 168
Cyrillic Letters & Wavy Lines Across the Sheet
1866-1906


The two watermarks shown above, were used for stamps of the Russian Empire between 1857 and 1906.  WMK 168 goes across the sheet, so an individual postage stamp will show only a portion of the watermark.



The seventeen commemorative Russian stamps shown above were issued on January 2, 1913 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Founding of the Romanov Dynasty.  The Kopeck denominations are typographed, and the Ruble denominations are engraved.  All the stamps are perforated 13 1/2.

The catalog and description attributes are as follows:

  • 01 K.  (1913 - Sc. #88) - Czar Peter I  (Lived: 1672-1725, Reigned: 1682-1725) 
  • 02 K.  (1913 - Sc. #89) - Czar Alexander II  (Lived: 1818-1881, Reigned: 1855-1881)
  • 03 K.  (1913 - Sc. #90) - Czar Alexander III  (Lived: 1845-1894, Reigned: 1881-1894)
  • 04 K.  (1913 - Sc. #91) - Czar Peter I  (Lived: 1672-1725, Reigned: 1682-1725)
  • 07 K.  (1913 - Sc. #92) - Czar Nicholas II (Lived: 1868-1918, Reigned: 1894-1917)
  • 10 K.  (1913 - Sc. #93) - Czar Nicholas II  (Lived: 1868-1918, Reigned: 1894-1917)
  • 14 K.  (1913 - Sc. #94) - Czarina Catherine  (Lived: 1729-1796, Reigned: 1762-1796)
  • 15 K.  (1913 - Sc. #95) - Czar Nicholas I  (Lived: 1796-1855, Reigned: 1825-1855)
  • 20 K.  (1913 - Sc. #96) - Czar Alexander I  (Lived: 1777-1825, Reigned: 1801-1825)
  • 25 K.  (1913 - Sc. #97) - Czar Alexis I  (Lived: 1629-1676, Reigned: 1645-1676)
  • 35 K.  (1913 - Sc. #98) - Czar Paul I  (Lived: 1754-1801, Reigned: 1796-1801)
  • 50 K.  (1913 - Sc. #99) - Czarina Elizabeth (Lived: 1709-1762, Reigned: 1741-1762)
  • 70 K.  (1913 - Sc. #100) - Czar Michael I  (Lived: 1596-1645, Reigned: 1613-1645)
  • 01 R.  (1913 - Sc. #101) - The Kremlin  (14th Century)
  • 02 R.  (1913 - Sc. #102) - Winter Palace  (18th Century)
  • 03 R.  (1913 - Sc. #103) - Romanov Castle  (17th Century)
  • 05 R.  (1913 - Sc. #104) - Czar Nicholas II  (Lived: 1868-1918, Reigned: 1894-1917)

The 1 K., 3 K., 7 K., 10 K., 2 R., and 3 R. denominations also exist imperforate.



The three Romanov Dynasty type Russian stamps shown above were issued in October 1915, due to a coinage shortage.  These "stamps" are printed on thin cardboard, and they were issued to be used in the place of coins.  The reverse of each of these "stamps" has the Imperial Arms and a five line inscription meaning "Having circulation on par with silver subsidiary coins".

Their catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 10 K.  (1915 - Sc. #105) - Czar Nicholas II  (Lived: 1868-1918, Reigned: 1894-1917)
  • 15 K.  (1915 - Sc. #106) - Czar Nicholas I  (Lived: 1796-1855, Reigned: 1825-1855)
  • 20 K.  (1915 - Sc. #107) - Czar Alexander I  (Lived: 1777-1825, Reigned: 1801-1825)



The high-denomination-type Imperial Arms Russian stamps shown above were re-issued in 1915.  These stamps have vertical lozenges of varnish on the surface.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 05.00 R.  (1915 - Sc. #108) - Dark Blue, Green, & Pale Blue; Indigo, Green, & Light Blue.
  • 10.00 R.  (1915 - Sc. #109) - Carmine Lake, Yellow, & Gray; Carmine, Yellow, & Gray; Rose Red, Yellow, & Gray.



The two Romanov Dynasty type Russian stamps shown above were overprinted and re-valued in 1916.

The catalog attributes are as follows: 

  • 10 K. on 07 K.  (1916 - Sc. #110) - Czar Nicholas II  (Lived: 1868-1918, Reigned: 1894-1917)
  • 20 K. on 14 K.  (1916 - Sc. #111) - Czarina Catherine  (Lived: 1729-1796, Reigned: 1762-1796)



The five Romanov Dynasty type Russian stamps shown above were issued in 1916 and 1917, due to a coinage shortage.  These "stamps" are printed on thin cardboard, and they were issued to be used in the place of coins.  The reverse of each of these "stamps" has the Imperial Arms, the value, and a four line inscription meaning "Having circulation on par with silver subsidiary coins".

Their catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 K.  (1916 - Sc. #114) - Czar Peter I  (Lived: 1672-1725, Reigned: 1682-1725) 
  • 02 K.  (1916 - Sc. #115) - Czar Alexander II  (Lived: 1818-1881, Reigned: 1855-1881)
  • 03 K.  (1916 - Sc. #116) - Czar Alexander III  (Lived: 1845-1894, Reigned: 1881-1894)
  • 01 K. on 01 K.  (1917 - Sc. #112) - Czar Peter I  (Lived: 1672-1725, Reigned: 1682-1725)
  • 02 K. on 02 K.  (1917 - Sc. #113) - Czar Alexander II  (Lived: 1818-1881, Reigned: 1855-1881)



The two Russian stamps shown above were overprinted and re-valued in 1917.

The catalog attributes are as follows: 

  • 10 K. on 07 K.  (1917 - Sc. #117) - Light Blue.
  • 20 K. on 14 K.  (1917 - Sc. #118) - Blue & Rose.





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