Category Archives: First Essayan

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Hello again – an old “friend” visits

A while ago I wrote about an item that was offered at Cherrystone. See here for details:  A real rarity … really? Cherrystone withdraw the item and apologized. Now the owner took the item to a different auction house. The 32. … Continue reading

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Raritan auction #66

A short comment to the current auction at Raritan. The Armenian stuff looks quite good. The got some interesting items. For example that one: This is one of the more difficult overprints. If the basic features (stamp itself) are ok, … 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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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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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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