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USSR Stamps

Definitives of 1926-1928


Shortages of definitive USSR stamps, of certain denominations, necessitated the overprinting and re-valuation of existing stocks of the contemporary USSR definitive stamps, commemorative stamps, and postage due stamps.  A new series of definitive postage stamps was also released later in 1927.  These new stamps were larger and a bit more modern looking, however they would again be replaced by another new series of definitive postage stamps, beginning in 1929.

WMK 170
Greek Border & Rosettes


The three Ruble-denomination definitive USSR stamps shown above were issued on March 23, 1926.  The stamps are engraved on paper with WMK 170

The common design features a portrait of Vladimir Lenin.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are perforated 10 1/2, are as follows:

  • 01 R.  (1926 - Sc. #342) - Dark Brown.
  • 02 R.  (1926 - Sc. #343) - Black Violet.
  • 03 R.  (1926 - Sc. #344) - Dark Green.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are perforated 12 1/2, are as follows:

  • 02 R.  (1926 - Sc. #343a) - Black Violet.


The 7 Kopeck definitive USSR stamp of 1925, shown above, was overprinted and revalued in June 1927.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are unwatermarked and perforated 14 1/2 x 15, are as follows:

  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - Sc. #349) - Chocolate.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are unwatermarked and perforated 12 1/2, are as follows:

  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - Sc. #349a) - Chocolate.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are printed on paper with WMK 170 and perforated 12 1/2, are as follows:

  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - Sc. #350) - Chocolate.



The four commemorative USSR stamps of 1925 to 1926, shown above, were overprinted and revalued in 1927.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are perforated, are as follows:

  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - Popov -  Sc. #353) - Deep Blue.
  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - 1825 Revolution - Sc. #354) - Brown.
  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - 1905 Revolution - Sc. #355) - Brown.
  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - Esperanto - Sc. #356) - Blue Green & Red.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are imperforate, are as follows:

  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - 1825 Revolution - Sc. #357) - Brown.
  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - 1905 Revolution - Sc. #358) - Brown.



The seven postage due USSR stamps of 1925, shown above, were overprinted and revalued in 1927.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that are unwatermarked, are as follows:

  • 08 K. on 01 K.  (1927 - Sc. #359) - Red.
  • 08 K. on 02 K.  (1927 - Sc. #360) - Violet.
  • 08 K. on 03 K.  (1927 - Sc. #361) - Light Blue.
  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - Sc. #362) - Orange.
  • 08 K. on 08 K.  (1927 - Sc. #363) - Green.
  • 08 K. on 10 K.  (1927 - Sc. #364) - Dark Blue.
  • 08 K. on 14 K.  (1927 - Sc. #365) - Brown.

The catalog attributes, for stamps that have WMK 170, are as follows:

  • 08 K. on 01 K.  (1927 - Sc. #366) - Red.
  • 08 K. on 02 K.  (1927 - Sc. #367) - Violet.
  • 08 K. on 03 K.  (1927 - Sc. #368) - Light Blue.
  • 08 K. on 07 K.  (1927 - Sc. #369) - Orange.
  • 08 K. on 08 K.  (1927 - Sc. #370) - Green.
  • 08 K. on 10 K.  (1927 - Sc. #371) - Dark Blue.
  • 08 K. on 14 K.  (1927 - Sc. #372) - Brown.



The fifteen new definitive USSR stamps shown above were issued in 1927 and 1928.  They are typographed on unwatermarked paper, and they are perforated 13 1/2.

The common symbolic and portrait designs, in order of appearance, are as follows:

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 K.  (1927 - Sc. #382) - Orange.
  • 02 K.  (1927 - Sc. #383) - Apple Green.
  • 04 K.  (1927 - Sc. #385) - Bright Blue.
  • 05 K.  (1927 - Sc. #386) - Brown.
  • 07 K.  (1928 - Sc. #388) - Dark Red.
  • 08 K.  (1927 - Sc. #389) - Green.
  • 10 K.  (1927 - Sc. #391) - Light Brown.
  • 14 K.  (1928 - Sc. #392) - Dark Green.
  • 18 K.  (1927 - Sc. #393) - Olive Green.
  • 18 K.  (1928 - Sc. #394) - Dark Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1927 - Sc. #395) - Dark Gray Green.
  • 40 K.  (1927 - Sc. #396) - Rose Red.
  • 50 K.  (1927 - Sc. #397) - Bright Blue.
  • 70 K.  (1927 - Sc. #399) - Gray Green.
  • 80 K.  (1927 - Sc. #400) - Orange.



The three Ruble-denomination definitive USSR stamps shown above were issued in 1928 and 1929.  The stamps are engraved on paper having the lozenges watermark - WMK 169, and they are perforated 10 or 10 1/2

The common design features a portrait of Vladimir Lenin.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 03 R.  (1929 - Sc. #406) - Dark Green.
  • 05 R.  (1928 - Sc. #407) - Red Brown.
  • 10 R.  (1928 - Sc. #408) - Indigo.





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