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Dr. R. J. Ceresa

Ray Ceresa passed away on the 10th of June. He was a great philatelist, author of the Handbooks about Transcaucasia, Ukraine, Russia and the regions of civil war 1917-23. I had the opportunity to met him and still remember this … Continue reading

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Talking signatures

Sometimes the back-side of a stamp is almost as interesting as the front-side. Here is an example of a stamp with 5 signatures: A fancy sign that is often present on stamps with genuine overprints. The signature of Philipp Kosack … Continue reading

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Tashkent or Tiflis?

Again a cover is being offered in an auction. This time the auction house is Hadersbeck Auktionen in Berlin, Germany.  The description (translated from German) reads: “1920, 1R, horizontal pair and 5 on 20 K., vertical pair on registered cover, St. … Continue reading

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Crude Forgery – Postcard with added stamps

A reader sent me this picture of the latest work of the forgers. Not nice. And the card is wasted too. This card is listed at newauction.ru and got a price tag of 1.500 rubles. I guess this is one … Continue reading

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The 100r HH overprint on an unperforated 5 Ruble stamp – more examples

The discussion about the stamp brought two more scans from blog readers. Here is an example in a rather grayish ink. All characteristics of the genuine overprint are present. I think this overprint is genuine.   Here is the scan of … Continue reading

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The 100r HH overprint on an unperforated 5 Ruble stamp – a rare combination

Recently I did an opinion for a stamp which is now in the Corinphila auction: This is a rare stamp. Other collectors know this too and one wrote me when he saw the stamp listed at the auction. Included within … Continue reading

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Nice Stuff At Raritan

Raritan is one of the auction houses were you can find Armenian items almost every time. The current auction #70 hold some interesting lots. Most prominently three collections to which I will give some remarks. Lot #250 Surcharges on the Soviet … Continue reading

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