VIEWS OF CITIES ISSUE

A surcharged issue for the benefit of a fund for the Independence Memorial in Tallinn.

Design by Johann Naha, showing the Castle of Kuressaare, the Ruins of the Cathedral in Tartu, the Parliament House, the Fortress of Narva and a View of Tallinn.

Paper: Thick, white paper, produced in Finland and cut into the size of printing sheets before delivery. The paper is horizontally or vertically laid with sheet watermark (Coat of Arms of Finland) in size of 14 1/2 x 19 cm. The watermark does not appear on each printing sheet. The horizontally and vertically laid sheets can be found in about the same proportion. A few sheets are known on unlaid paper.

Print: Printing plates of 100 or 50 (20 and 40 Mk) stamps each. All stamps are consecutively numbered at mid-stamp level and have a protective network in different color for each stamp. Marginal figures can be found in top and in left of the sheet. Two register crosses have been placed on top of the sheet.

Gum: Yellowish and even.

Perforation: 5, 10, 12 Mk. 141/2 x 14 20 and 40 Mk. 14 x 13 1/2. Comb perforation.

Proofs: Various types of proofs exist. Essays also are known, probably by Johann Naha.

Forgeries are not known.

Valid: Sold over the counter from November 19 - December 18,1927. Valid until January 18, 1928. The unsold remainders were presented to the Independence Memorial Fund and found their way to stamp dealers.

  Printed Sold Rest
5 Mk.       506.500 18.709 486.262
10 Mk.       516.000 17.530 496.941
12 Mk.       513.800 16.248 496.023
20 Mk.       502.700 15.198 486.023
40 Mk.       508.350 14.529 496.342

104 Ei - 95
Mi - 63
Zu - 66
SG - 62
YT - 86
Sc - B15
 
Day of Issue:
1927-11-19
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
506.500
SI DPC 1927-11-19 - 1928-01-19
SI rare

5 + 5 Mk. Green-brown (grey)

0.30 1:-  

SI
MU
MI

    75:-
75:-
70:-
  Block of four 4x 10x  
C:1   WM +0.50 +0.50  
C:2   Vertically laid paper - -  
C:3   Unlaid paper +2.50 +2.50  
E:1 Left 5 broken. Pos. 1 +1:- +1:-   
G:1 Green-brown (grey), horiz. laid paper 15:-    
G:2 Ditto, w/o gum
2a w/o sheet No
15:-
20:-
   
G:3 Vertically laid paper 15:-    
G:4 Ditto, w/o gum 15:-    
G:5 Perf. with red OPT "PROOV", horiz. laid paper 10:-    
G:6 Ditto, vertically laid paper 10:-    

105 Ei - 96
Mi - 64
Zu - 67
SG - 63
YT - 87
Sc - B16
 
Day of Issue:
1927-11-19
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
516.000
SI DL 1927-11-19 - 1928-01-19
SI rare

10 + 10 Mk. Blue-brown (yellow)

0.30 1:-  

SI
MU
MI

    75:-
80:-
70:-
  Block of four 4x 10x  
C:1   WM +0.50 +0.50  
C:2   Vertically laid paper - -  
C:3   Unlaid paper +2.50 +2.50  
E:1 Damaged roof. Pos. 69 +1:- +1:-   
E:2 Colored spot in front of left 10 +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Blue-brown (yellow), horiz. laid paper 15:-    
G:2 Ditto, w/o gum 15:-    
G:3 Vertically laid paper 15:-    
G:4 Ditto, w/o gum 15:-    
G:5 Perf. with red OPT "PROOV", horiz. laid paper 10:-    
G:6 Ditto, vertically laid paper 10:-    

 

106 Ei - 97
Mi - 65
Zu - 68
SG - 64
YT - 88
Sc - B17
 
Day of Issue:
1927-11-19
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
513.800
SI IPC 1927-11-19 - 1928-01-19
SI rare

12 + 12 Mk. Carmine-olive (pale blue)

0.30 1.50  

SI
MU
MI

    100:-
--
80:-
  Block of four 4x 10x  
A:1   Misplaced perforation +5:- +5:-  
C:1   WM +0.50 +0.50  
C:2   Vertically laid paper - -  
C:3   Unlaid paper +2.50 +2.50  
E:1 Red dot under " + ". Pos. 32 +1:- +1:-   
E:2 Brown dot left of tower. Pos. 72 +1:- +1:-  
E:3 Red spot on tower +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Carmine-olive (pale blue), horiz. laid paper 15:-    
G:2 Ditto, w/o gum 15:-    
G:3 Vertically laid paper 15:-    
G:4 Ditto, w/o gum 15:-    
G:5 Perf. with red OPT "PROOV", horiz. laid paper 10:-    
G:6 Ditto, vertically laid paper 10:-    

 

107 Ei - 98
Mi - 66
Zu - 69
SG - 65
YT - 89
Sc - B18
 
Day of Issue:
1927-11-19
Perforation:
14 x 13 1/2
Issued:
502.700
SI IL, R-DL 1927-11-19 - 1928-01-19
SI rare

20 + 20 Mk. Blue-brown (grey)

0.50 2:-  

SI
MU
MI

    100:-
--
90:-
  Block of four 4x 10x  
A:1   Shifted perforation (cutting design) +1:- +1:-  
C:1   WM +0.50 +0.50  
C:2   Vertically laid paper - -  
C:3   Unlaid paper +2.50 +2.50  
G:1 Blue-brown (grey), horiz. laid paper 20:-    
G:2 Ditto, w/o gum 20:-    
G:3 Vertically laid paper 20:-    
G:4 Ditto, w/o gum 20:-    
G:5 Perf. with red OPT "PROOV", horiz. laid paper 10:-    
G:6 Ditto, vertically laid paper 10:-    
G:7 Black, centrepiece only 18:-    
G:8 Ditto, bronze 18:-    

 

108 Ei - 99
Mi - 67
Zu - 70
SG - 66
YT - 90
Sc - B19
 
Day of Issue:
1927-11-19
Perforation:
14 x 13 1/2
Issued:
508.350
SI R-IL, R-,DL100g, R-L80g Finland 1927-11-19 - 1928-01-19
SI rare

40 + 40 Mk. Brown-slate (orange-brown)

0.50 2:-  

SI
MU
MI

    125:-
--
100:-
  Block of four 4x 10x  
A:1   Wide stamp, 34 mm +1.50 +1.50  
C:1   WM +0.50 +0.50  
C:2   Vertically laid paper - -  
C:3   Unlaid paper +2.50 +2.50  
E:1 Colored dot in front of 4(0). Pos. 8 +1:- +1:-   
E:2 White line under (T)I. Pos. 46 +1:- +1:-  
G:1 Brown-slate (orange-brown), laid paper 20:-    
G:2 Ditto, w/o gum 20:-    
G:3 Vertically laid paper 20:-    
G:4 Ditto, w/o gum 20:-    
G:5 Perf. with red OPT "PROOV", horiz. laid paper 10:-    
G:6 Ditto, vertically laid paper 10:-    

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.