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Framed Zs what is rare and what is not

When dealing with stamps often the question about rarity arises. Normally you can use a catalog and you will get an answer. Perhaps you have a second catalog (e.g. a local one) or you need to use a factor to … Continue reading

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Forgeries of the Fiscal Overprint on the Paris Issue stamps

The so called Paris issue or Chassepot issue (the name of the printing works in Paris) was never brought into use since once it arrived in Erevan, the Armenian communist had taken over and the Dashnaks who ordered this issue … Continue reading

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A page of the Ashford collection

Recently I was able to get hold on an original page of the Ashford collection. Peter T. Ashford together with S. D. Tchilinghirian created back in 1953 one of the most important works regarding the stamps of Armenia. Page four … Continue reading

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Forgeries at Cherrystone

Some of the most common overprint forgeries on the First Essayan Pictorial Issue can (again) be bought at Cherrystone. This forgery of the 35 Gold-kopeck overprint is quite crude and easily spotted. You can check here  for my article with … Continue reading

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New Addition to the collection

The lilac overprints of the HH (ruble) overprints are much rarer then the black ones. In order to get a feeling for the look of the genuine ink you need several items with this overprint, the more the better. This … Continue reading

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Shades of the 250 ruble stamp from the first Essayan pictorial issue

Reading the comment from Trevor about the rare stamps of this set, I put together some material about the 250 ruble stamp. Here are the main shades of the basic stamp as I found in my collection. The 3rd and … Continue reading

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Rare stamps of the first Essayan pictorial set

If you want to collect all stamps from this set, you face not much hurdles. The most obvious problem are the forgeries and the reprints. Once you got that sorted out the stamps are quite common and you wont need … Continue reading

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Recent Additions – the gutter block

The latest addition to my collection is this horizontal gutter block (a pair is only two stamps). The basic stamp is the 2000 ruble value from the unissued first Essayan set. With all the pictorial sets it is important to … Continue reading

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A possible world record – three overprints on one stamp

I did not check all the stamps issued all over the world. But let’s have a look at this one:The stamp originally issued during the tsar regime had a face value of one Kopeck. It got a first overprint after the … Continue reading

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The 15 Overprint in Detail

The 15 Gold Kopeck Overprint as quite common, just like the 20 Gold Kopeck from the post before. Still the forgeries are much more difficult to spot. Part of the problem is the dark and well inked background, which hides … Continue reading

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