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Sunday 14 September 2014
Poltava Tridents: Types !a, 1b and 1c
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The Imperial 10 rouble stamp is very useful when you are studying Ukrainian and Armenian Civil War overprints. The pale grey centre allows you to see the overprint clearly. Above I show three of the four sub-types of the Poltava overprint, 1a, 1b and 1c, left to right - I can't show the so-called Type 2 (why not 1d?).
The 10 rouble imperforate was more widely distributed in Ukraine than in Russia and nearly all the early (1918) uses I have seen are from Ukraine. The stamp came into use in the Spring of 1918, so well before Trident overprinting began in August. Th earliest date of use that I have recorded is
1 March 1918 on a Parcel Card fragment from LOKHVITSA in Poltava guberniya.
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