NUMERAL DESIGN

A regular issue of 5 and 10 penni stamps. A 20 penni stamp was prepared but not issued. Design by Peet Aren.
Originally the issue was supposed to be with a smaller oval frame and with smaller numbers. After some proofs of two different sizes of ovals, it was decided to abandon the original design and the final one was used.

Paper: A white smooth paper was used. The thickness forthefirst and second printing of the 5 p. being 0.06-0.065 mm. The third printing had a thicker paper - 0.07-0.085 mm. Less frequently a thinner paper appears (0.055 mm). The 10 p. stamps usually shows little variation in paper thickness. The perforated stamp is mostly 0.05-0.055 and the imperforate one 0.06-0.065 mm. However, a thicker (0.07-0.08 mm) paper also exists. A horizontal watermark-line can be found.

Gum: The perforated 10 p. has a white, smooth and shiny gum. Only very seldom an uneven gum can be found. For the imperforate stamps the gum is more irregular, mostly streaky, showing various shades from white to dirty brown.

Print: Lithographed by Eduard Bergmann in Tartu. The perforated issue of the 10 p. was printed in sheets of 200, arranged in two panes of 100 each, separated by a vertical gutter. No gutter pairs are known. The 5 p. and the imperforate 10 p. were printed in sheets of 400, arranged in four panes of 100 each, separated by gutters. The printer's sheets were cut into four counter panes at the printers. Full printing sheets were distributed only during the early printing of the 5 p. For all three printings of the 5 p. the same litho stone was used. The print is imperfect and often unclear, especially for the third printing.

1 st printing, yellow orange 680.000
2 nd printing, brownish orange 1.320.000
3 rd printing, orange, dark yellow 2.006.800
  4.006.800

Two different litho stones were used for the imperforate 10 p. The print is rather defective and unclear.

 
1 st printing, dark green 1.027.000
2 nd printing, green, light green 2.007.800
  3.034.800

Perforation: Only the first printing of the 10 p. was officially perforated using a comb-perforating machine, unsuitable for stamps. The perforation was not successful. Often one or two holes are missing or unnecessary holes are present. Wide and narrow stamps are usual. Pairs with horizontal or vertical double perforation are known. Two partly imperforate sheets reached the sales counter. It was decided that the perforation was not to be continued and the 5 p. and the following printings of the 10 p. are imperforate. A few sheets of the 5 p. have been perforated in the printing shop with the same machine, but owe their existence to private initiative. Postmaster perforations are known.

Proofs: A considerable number of essays in various shades or in completely new colors were printed. Quite a few of these are private production with the original plates. However, also genuine proofs were made and today we are not able to tell the difference.

Essays of the stamps in different sizes (as above) are known. Proofs are also known of the unissued 20 p. values in following colors: red, dark yellow. green (offset), dull blueish green, olive green, blue, greyish black on grey paper and black. Price: 40 USD each. 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. Read more about forgeries.

Valid until June 30, 1926.

Literature:
Erik Sjögren. Distinguishing Features of Jaan Lubi Forgeries of Estonian Stamps, Eesti Filatelist No. 28. 1982 (in English).

24 Ei - 9
Mi - 6
Zu - 13
SG - 6
YT - 6
Sc - 29
 
Day of Issue:
1919-05-15
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
4.006.800
SI LPM 1919-05-15 - 1919-12-31
SI rare

5 p. Orange

0.10 0.10  
SI
MU
MI
    12:-
10:-
3:-
  Block of four 5x 10x  
  Horizontal gutter pair 3.50 3.50  
  Vertical gutter pair 14:- 14:-  
  Center star 50:- 50:-  
B:1 Red-orange +0.05  +0.05  
B:2 Orange yellow +0.05 +0.05  
B:3 Dark chrome +0.05 +0.05  
B:4 Vertical strip of 10 in shades from brown to orange yellow +15:-  +15:-  
C:1 WM-line +40:- +40:-  
C:2 Thinner paper +0:10 +0:10  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Stamp partly w/o color +40:- +40:-  
E:3 5 with damaged neck +5:- +5:-  
E:4 3 instead of 2 dots in value tablet +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 Colon after EESTI +0.75 +0.75  
E:6 White dot between TI. Pos. C 98 +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 White line through stamp +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 White spot to the right of 5 +5:- +5:-  
E:9 Colored dot in design +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 50 instead of 5. Pos. 80 +35:- +35:-  
E:11 Large colored spot to the right of 5 +15:- +15:-  
E:12 Large colored spot in front of 5 +17:- +17:-  
E:13 5 closed by colored spot +6:- +6:-  
E:14 Colored spot in value tablet +1.50 +1.50  
E:15 Colored spot in EN +5:- +5:-  
E:16 Smudgy print +0.50 +0.50  
G.         Essays, medium sized numerals, stamp size 15 x 21 
G:1 Blue green, carton paper, waste from schoolbooks +50:-    
G:1a White spot in penni +50:-     
G:2 Black, set-off +50:-     
G:3 Greyish black, grey paper +50:-     
G:4 Grey, set-off, corners framed, single print, white paper +50:-     
G:5 Red, corners framed, single print, white thin paper +50:-     
G:6 Blue, as No G:5 +50:-     
G:7 Bronze, dark lilac paper, grey back, single print, corners framed +50:-     
             Regular design, stamp size 16 x 21 
G:8 Red +35:-      
G:9 Orange, white carton paper +35:-       
G:9a Round spot next to numeral +35:-       
G:10 Orange, grey paper +35:-       
G:10a Orange, grey paper +35:-       
G:11 Orange, grey paper with print on back +35:-       
G:12 Brown +35:-       
G:13 Olive, greyish white smooth paper +35:-       
G:14 Olive, thin paper +35:-       
G:15 Olive green, grey lined paper +40:-      
G:16 Olive green, white thin paper, corners framed, single print +35:-       
G:17 Dull light blue, thin paper +35:-       
G:18 Lilac, greyish white thick paper +35:-       
G:19 Black +35:-      
G:20 Black, grey paper +35:-       
G:21 Black, yellow paper +35:-       
G:22 Black, white carton +35:-       
G:23 Silver, black carton, white back +35:-       
G:24 Silver, black carton, back light pinkish +40:-      
G:25 Bronze, white paper +35:-       
G:26 Lemon yellow, white paper +35:-       

25 Ei - 10
Mi - 7
Zu - 14B
SG - 7a
YT - 9
Sc - 28
 
Day of Issue:
1919-05-17
Perforation:
11 1/2 x 11 1/2
Issued:
1.061.200
SI LPM 100g, DPM and IPM 50g 1919-05-17 - 1919-12-31
LPM 1920-01-01 - 1920-06-30
SI rare

10 p. Green

0.40 0.40  
SI
MU
MI
    100:-
15:-
6:-
  Block of four 5x 8x  
A:1 Imperforate +35:- +35:-  
A:2 Pair, vertically imperforate in between +20:- +20:-  
A:3 Pair, horizontally imperforate in between +28:- +28:-  
A:4 Horizontal double perforation +10:- +10:-  
A:5 Vertical double perforation +15:- +15:-  
A:6 Wide or narrow stamp +0.15 +0.15  
A:7 Missing holes in perf. +0.20 +0.20  
B:1 Light green +0.15 +0.15  
B:2 Yellowish green +1:- +1:-  
C:1 Vertical WM-Iine -- --  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 (T)I connected with frame Pos. II 27 +1:- +1:-  
E:3 White dot in f ront of 1(0). Pos. II 59 +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 Colored spot in white circle +0.75 +0.75  
G.         Essays, small numerals, stamp size 16 x 21.5 
G:1 Red 55:-    
G:2 Yellow 55:-    
G:3 Green 55:-    
G:4 Blue 55:-    
G:5 Black, white thin paper 55:-    
G:6 Greyish black, perf.11 1/2 55:-    
             Medium sized numerals, stamp size 15 x 21
G:7 Blue green 50:-    
G:8 Black 50:-    
G:9 Greyish black, grey paper 50:-    
G:10 Grey, white paper, corners framed, single print 50:-    
G:11 Grey, set-off, corners framed, single print, white paper 50:-    
G:12 Red, corners framed, single print, white thin paper 50:-    
G:13 Ditto, blue 50:-    
G:14 Bronze, dark lilac paper, grey back, corners framed, single print 50:-    
             Regular design, stamp size 16 x 21
G:15 Red, medium thick paper 35:-    
G:16 Red, thin paper 35:-    
G:17 Olive, greyish white smooth paper 35:-    
G:18 Olive, chalky carton 35:-     
G:19 Yellow, thick violet paper 35:-     
G:20 Yellow, white glazed carton 35:-     
G:21 Dark yellow 35:-     
G:22 Light brownish yellow 35:-     
G:23 Brownish yellow, smooth paper 35:-     
G:24 Brownish yellow, white chalky carton 35:-     
G:25 Pale green, white carton paper 35:-     
G:26 Light green 40:-     
G:26a White spot instead of "P" 40:    
G:26b White spot in "10" 40:    
G:26c W/o stop before EESTI 40:    
G:27 Light green, set-off 35:-    
G:28 Green, chalky carton paper 35:-    
G:28a Ditto, (T)l joined with frame 35:-    
G:29 Deep green, grey paper 35:-    
G:30 Blue green 35:-    
G:30a Double print 40:    
G:30b White spot instead of EST 35:-    
G:30c White spot in numeral 35:-    
G:30d White spot in P(E) 35:-    
G:30e White spot below NI 35:-    
G:31 Blue green, chalky carton paper 35:-    
G:32 Dull blue green, thin paper 35:-    
G:33 Light blue, thin paper 35:-    
G:34 Blue, smooth thin paper 35:-    
G:34a Set-off 35:-    
G:35 Greyish blue, thin paper 35:-    
G:36 Greyish blue, chalky paper 35:-    
G:37 Brown, thick paper 35:-    
G:38 Grey, grey paper 35:-    
G:38a Ditto, set-off 35:-    
G:38b Partially printed stamp 35:-    
G:39 Dark grey, white chalky carton 35:-    
G:40 Greyish black, grey paper with black Russian text or lines 35:-    
G:41 Black, greyish paper 35:-    
G:42 Black, grey carton 35:-    
G:43 Black, mirror print 35:-    
G:44 Silver, white glazed carton 35:-    
G:45 Silver, black carton, white back 35:-    
G:46 Silver, black carton, back light pinkish 35:-    
G:47 Bronze, dark lilac paper, white back 35:-    
G:48 Copper 35:-    
G:49 Green yellow, carton paper 35:-    

 

30 Ei - 11
Mi - 8
Zu - 14A
SG - 7
YT - 7
Sc - 30
 
Day of Issue:
1919-10-08
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
3.034.800
SI LPM 100g, DPM and IPM 50g 1919-10-08 - 1919-12-31
LPM 1920-01-01 - 1920-06-30
SI rare

10 P. Green

0.10 0.10  
SI
MU
MI
    80:-
10:-
3:-
  Block of four 5x 10x  
B:1 Light green +0.10  +0.10   
B:2 Dark green +0.40  +0.40   
C:1 Horizontal WM-line +0.05 +0.05  
E:1 Paper fold +0.15  +0.15   
E:2 Open (1)0. Pos. 2 +4:- +4:-  
E:3 (EST) I missing +60:- +60:-  
E:4 No stop before and after text +12:- +12:-  
E:5 Comma instead of stop (T)I +1:- +1:-  
E:6 Damaged E(E) +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 (T)I connected with (1)0. Pos. 93 +2.50 +2.50  
E:8 White line in (1)0 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 White line in front of 1(0) +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 White spot in upper ornament. Pos. 47 +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Colored spot after POST +0.50 +0.50  
E:12 Damaged oval frame +0.50 +0.50  

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.