EESTI POST OVERPRINTS

Handstamped overprint "Eesti Post" on Russian stamps of Arms type in violet or black (No. 16 only).
The overprinting was done by the GPO with a rubber handstamp made by Heinrich Kiiver in Tallinn. Although small color shades do occur, the basic violet is rather stable and can be distinguished. Very light overprints can be found with some of the letters missing. The positioning of the diagonal OPT is surprisingly stable and only a very few OPT variations are known.
The stamps were sold in the new currency, whereby 1 kop. = 1 penni and 1 Rbl. = 1 Mark.
The overprinting was mainly done on May 5, 1919. An official record about the issue was prepared by the postal officials concerned and this record is still used as a basic source for the number of stamps issued. Different dates of issue have been given by various sources. We can today firmly state that the sale over the counterdid begin on May 7, 1919 at the Main Post Office in Tallinn. Not all denominations of the issue were available to the public. The latest information available indicates that only the following stamps were sold over the counter:

1  kop. imperf. 1.700
2  kop. perf. 2.500
3  kop. perf. 1.400
5  kop. 3.700
10  kop. (black OPT) 850
15  kop. 1.050
25  kop. 800

It is without doubt that an additional number of the stamps of the issue were overprinted by the postal officials for their own use. These overprints cannot be distinguished. The additional number is insignificant but makes it impossible to state the real number overprinted. Further overprints were made by the postal officials at a later date with the genuine handstamp. In most cases these can be distinguished. Stamps other than these originally issued are known with a similar overprint.

Proofs: In the end of April 1919 a small number of stamp was overprinted as proofs. These proofs were not sold but presented to postal officials and are known with genuine cancellations from April 29. The proofs only can be distinguished by the date of cancellation.

Forgeries: A large number of forgeries are known. Most of them are rather crude but there are a few very dangerous ones. Unfortunately quite a few forgeries have been authenticated by well-known experts as genuine. Forgeries of expertizing marks are known. We would recommend that a new expertization should be made, especially when trading.

Valid: The issue was valid both for domestic as well as for international mail until October 1, 1919. Genuine covers with later dates are known. Until now the cancellations are only known from Tallinn, Tallinn-Sadam and Nõmme.

Literature:
Heldur Alver: Pealetrükid 1919, ("Eesti Post" overprints 1919), Eesti Filatelist No 11, 1970 (in Estonian).
H. Alver & E. Ojaste: Die FaIscher und die Fä1schungen der estnischen Briefmarken, Eesti Filatelist No 18/19, 1976 (in German and Estonian).
H. Alver:"Eesti Post" 1919 auf Briefen, Eesti Filatelist 20/21, 1977 (in German).
H. Alver & Ojaste: Die Fälscher und die Fälschungen der estnischen Brief marken II, Eesti Filatelist No 22/23, 1978 (in German and Estonian).
H. Alver: Estlands Aufdruckmarken "Eesti Post" 1919 und deren Fälschungen, Eesti Filatelist No 26, 1980 (in German).

No of OPT's Color of OPT Eichenthal Michel Scott Price USD
PERFORATED
5 1 Kop. 7 violet 7 1A 8 1.800
6 2 Kop. 2.654 violet 8 2A 9 30
A:1 Horiz. gutter pair           90
A:2 Vert. gutter pair           90
E:1 Double OPT           --
E:2 Vertical OPT           60
E3 Horizontal OPT           60
E:4 EEST(I) missing           60
7 3 Kop. 1.584 violet 9 3A 10 35
A:1 Horiz. gutter pair           100
8 5 Kop. 3.803 violet 10 4 11 25
A:1 Horiz. gutter pair           75
A:2 A:2 Vert. gutter pair           75
A:3 lnverted set-off of OPT           60
9 10 Kop. 817 black 11 5b 13 40
E:6 EE(S) missing            
9a 10 Kop. 100 violet 12 5a 12 150
10 10/7 Kop. 45 violet 13 6 14 400
11 15 Kop. 1.197 violet 14 7 15 35
A:1 Horiz. gutter pair           100
A:2 Vert. gutter pair           100
E:1 Double OPT           --
E:7 E(E) missing           70
12 25 Kop. 998 violet 15 8 16 40
A:1 Horiz. gutter pair           120
13 35 Kop. 12 violet 16 9 17 1.200
14 50 Kop. 344 violet 17 10 18 90
15 1 Rbl. 170 violet 18 11A 19 150
16 10 Rbl. 11 violet 19 14 20 3.300
IMPERFORATE
17 1 Kop. 1.600 violet 1 18 21 35
Horiz. gutter pair   violet       100
Vert. gutter pair   violet       100
(PO)ST missing   violet       70
18 2 Kop. 26 violet 2 2B 22 400
19 3 Kop. 475 violet 3 3B 23 60
E:9 Pair with and w/o OPT           130
20 1 Rbl.   violet 4 11B 24 300
E:1 Double OPT           --
21 3.50 Rbl 56 violet 5 12 25 400
E:10 Inverted OPT           --
22 5 Rbl. 40 violet 6 13 26 500
Correct postage SI, MI or MU
Set franking
400%
125%

Please note that all prices are estimates in USD, based on the average retail market of 1985, when the original catalogue/handbook was written. The prices are considerably higher today.