NEW CURRENCY OVERPRINTS IN 1928

An overprinted issue commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Independence. 5 values of the Weaver/Smith issue were overprinted in two lines with the letters "s" (senti) and the date. OPT in black (5 and 15 senti) or in red (2, 10 and 20 senti).

Paper: For this issue a reprint of all denominations was made on the "last" paper (wove pattern). A few sheets of the 15 senti value were printed both on the horizontally ribbed and on the thin paper. These paper varieties are rare.

Print: The overprint was stereotyped to a plate for 400 stamps. As the plate did not fit properly to the printing sheet of stamps, it was cut into several pieces and reassembled. The result was that in all panes the OPT in the first six vertical rows is approx. 1 mm. lower in relation to the last four rows. Numerous OPT errors have occurred due to wear and tear. The most famous variety is the serious shifting of the OPT on the 2 and 5 senti values, resulting in the two letters "s" being at the top of the stamp. Consequently these values also appear with the letters "s" missing.
The same plate was used for all values. The OPT is shiny and often penetrates the paper.

Gum: white and even.

Perforation: Comb perforation 14 1/2 x 14. One pane of the 10 s. value is known to exist imperforate. It has been reported that the three remaining panes were noticed and destroyed. The imperforate stamps are rare.

Proofs are known including proof of OPT on yellowish paper. Price: 30 USD (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).

Forgeries are known of the imperforate 10 senti (on ligat paper) and of the 15 senti value. Further forgeries are known of the displaced varieties. The 10 senti value also has been reported with a black OPT.

Valid until December 31, 1940.

Literature:
Donald McDonald: The Smith and Weaver Stamps of 1922-1928 in Estonia, The London Philatelist 1962/63, reprinted in Eesti Filatelist in No 24/25, 1979 (in English).

109 Ei - 100
Mi - 68
Zu - 71
SG - 67
YT - 91
Sc - 84
 
Day of Issue:
1928-02-24
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
5.026.000
SI DPM 1928-02-24 - 1940-02-29

2s. Green, red OPT

0.60 0.15  

SI
MU
MI

    10:-
8:-
5:-
  Block of four 6x 8x  
A:1   Wide stamp 22 mm +5:- +5:-  
E:1 Shifted OPT +1:- +1:-  
E:2 Ditto, 1 or 8 missing +2.50 +2.50  
E:3 Ditto, s.s. above the date +65:- +65:-  
E:4 Ditto, s.s. missing +1.75 +1.75  
E:5 Pair with different heights of OPT +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 Damaged 1(918) +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged (19)1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Damaged (192)8 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Left or right S damaged +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 $ instead of left S +0.75 +0.75  
E:11 Left S w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
E:12 Right S w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Setoff of OPT +5:- +5:-  
E:14 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  

 

110 Ei - 101
Mi - 69
Zu - 72
SG - 68
YT - 92
Sc - 85
 
Day of Issue:
1928-02-24
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
4.980.000
SI DPC 1928-02-24 - 1940-02-29

5S. Pale red, black OPT

0.60 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    6:-
4:-
3:-
  Block of four 6x 10x  
B:1   Red +0.25 +0.25  
E:2 Shifted OPT, 1 or 8 missing +2.50 +2.50  
E:3 Ditto, s.s. above the date +140:- +140:-  
E:4 Ditto, s.s. missing +200:- +200:-  
E:5 Pair with different heights of OPT +1.75 +1.75  
E:6 Damaged 1(918) +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged (19)1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Damaged (192)8 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Left or right S damaged +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 $ instead of left S +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Left S w/o stop +1.50 +1:-  
E:12 Right S w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
G:1 Red. horiz. ribbed paper 3:-    

 

111 Ei - 102
Mi - 70
Zu - 73
SG - 69
YT - 93
Sc - 86
 
Day of Issue:
1928-02-24
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
4.668.300
SI DL 1928-02-24 - 1940-02-29

10S. Blue, red OPT

0.75 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    4:-
4:-
3:-
  Block of four 6x 12x  
A:1   Imperforate +400:- --  --
  Block of four 6x --  
E:2 Shifted OPT, 1 or 8 missing +2.50 +2.50  
E:5 Pair with different heights of OPT +1.75 +1.75  
E:6 Damaged 1(918) +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged (19)1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Damaged (192)8 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Left or right S damaged +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 $ instead of left S +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Left S w/o stop +0.75 +0.75  
E:12 Right S w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Setoff of OPT +5:- +5:-  
E:14 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  

 

112 Ei - 103
Mi - 71
Zu - 74
SG - 70
YT - 94
Sc - 87
 
Day of Issue:
1928-02-24
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
303.100
SI DL40g, R-DPC 1928-02-24 - 1940-02-29
L-Finland 1929-01-01 - 1940-12-06
SI rare

15s. Purple, black OPT

2.50 0.30  

SI
MU
MI

    125:-
20:-
12:-
  Block of four 6x 12x  
C:1   Horizontally ribbed paper +250:- +150:-  
  Block of four -- --  
C:2 Thin paper +80:- +40:-  
  Block of four 6x --  
E:2 Shifted OPT, 1 or 8 missing +2.50 +2.50  
E:5 Pair with different heights of OPT +1.75 +1.75  
E:6 Damaged 1(918) +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged (19)1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Damaged (192)8 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Left or right S damaged +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 $ instead of left S +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Left S w/o stop +1.50 +1.50  
E:12 Right S w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Setoff of OPT +5:- +5:-  
E:14 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
G:1 Lilac, thin paper 30:-    

 

113 Ei - 104
Mi - 72
Zu - 75
SG - 71
YT - 95
Sc - 88
 
Day of Issue:
1928-02-24
Perforation:
14 1/2 x 14
Issued:
680.000
SI IL 1928-02-24 - 1934-12-31
R-DL, DL60g 1928-02-24 - 1939-02-28
L60g-Finland 1929-01-01 - 1939-02-28

20s. Ultramarine, red OPT

2:- 0.40  

SI
MU
MI

    10:-
12:-
7:-
  Block of four 6x 12x  
E:1 Shifted OPT +2:- +2:-  
E:2 Shifted OPT, 1 or 8 missing +2.50 +2.50  
E:5 Pair with different heights of OPT +1.75 +1.75  
E:6 Damaged 1(918) +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged (19)1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Damaged (192)8 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Left or right S damaged +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 $ instead of left S +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Left S w/o stop +1:- +0.50  
E:12 Right S w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Setoff of OPT +5:- +5:-  
E:14 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  

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.