TALLINN SKYLINE

A regular issue of six values in eight various colors.
Design by Ed Poland, redesigned by Karl Triumph. The design shows the panorama of Tallinn.

Paper: white, very thin (cigarette paper).

Gum: smooth and yellowish.

Print: Typographed by: GPW (25 and 35 p.), "Ohiselu" (50 p., 1:-, 2:- and 2.50), GPO (2.- ultramarine).
The printer's sheet consisted of 400 stamps, arranged in four panes of 100 each, separated by gutters. Each pane was enclosed in a rectangular frame in the color of the stamp (3-5 mm, distance from the group of stamps 3 1/2 -5 mm). Counter pane: horizontally shared printing sheet or a pane of 100 (25 yellow). The print is generally transparent and rather defective. Between the stamps there are regular color spots caused by the register pins. With the exception of the 25 p. yellow and 50 p. (one printing) and the 2 Mk. ultramarine (two printings) the issue had several printings.
The 35 p. value was recalled from sale at the end of 1920 and used for the overpinted issue. Of the total issue of the 25 p. yellow 1.500.000 remained at the GPO. These were ungurnmed.

Perforation: imperforate. Postmaster perforations are not uncommon.

Proofs: Essays and negative enlarged copies of the first assembly are known.

Forgeries are known of all values. Read more about the Tallinn Skyline forgeries.

Valid until June 30, 1926. The 25 p. yellow until December 31, 1940.

Literature:
J. Hermann: Panorama von Tallinn, Eesti Filatelist No 14, 1973 (in German).
E. Sjögren: Distinguishing Features of Jaan Lubi Forgeries of Estonian Stamps. II, Eesti Filatelist No 29,1983 (in English).

34 Ei - 21
Mi - 15
Zu - 15
SG - 16
YT - 17
Sc - 39
 
Day of Issue:
1920-05-04
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
4.939.000
SI LPM, IPM 1920-05-04 - 1920-06-30
LPM 1920-07-01 - 1921-04-09
SI rare

25 P. Green

0.30 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    60:-
10:-
4:-
  Block of four 5x 7x  
  Téte-Béche with gutter  3.50 3.50  
  Ditto with setoff 4:- 4:-  
B:1   Dark green +0.10 +0.05  
B:2 Greygreen +0.10 +0.05  
C:1 Thicker paper +7.50 +7.50  
D:1 Gum on both sides 4:- 4:-  
E:1  Paper fold 4:- 4:-  
E:2 Setoff +1.50 +1.50  
E:3 EESTI POST on unlined background +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 F(E) instead of E(E). Pos. R I 41 +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 F(O) instead of P(O). Pos. L II 83 +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 (P)G instead of (P)O. Pos. L II 79 +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged or joined letters. Pos. L II 74 + 97 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Damaged towers. Pos. L II 95 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Damaged frame. Pos. L II 94 +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 White spot in frame. Pos. R 15 +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Two white spots in left frame. Pos. L II 33 +0.50 +0.50  
E:12 Triangular white spot to the right in ornament . Pos. R I 21 +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Colored dot in P(O). Pos. R I 29 +0.50 +0.50  
E:14 Colored line in design. Pos. L II 11 +0.50 +0.50  
E:15 Colored spot below 2 outside the frame +0.50 +0.50  
E:16 Colored spot next to (POS)T. Pos. L II 72 +0.50 +0.50  
G:1 Essay 75:-    
G:2 Negative black enlarged copy of first assembly, 37 x 48 mm 40:-    
G:3 Color proof, blue 35:-    

89 Ei - 22
Mi - 23
Zu - 56
SG - 17
YT - 17A
Sc - 40
 
Day of Issue:
1924-09-15
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
1.496.804 (3.000.000)
SI Not possible
MU

25 P. Orangeyellow

0.20 0.25  

SI
MU
MI

    -
40:-
10:-
  Block of four 5x 7x  
B:1   Dark chrome +0.05 +0.05  
E:3 EESTI POST on unlined background +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 F(E) instead of E(E). Pos. R I 41 +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 F(O) instead of P(O). Pos. L II 83 +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 (P)G instead of (P)O. Pos. L II 79 +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged or joined letters. Pos. L II 74 + 97 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Damaged towers. Pos. L II 95 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Damaged frame. Pos. L II 94 +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 White spot in frame. Pos. R 15 +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Two white spots in left frame. Pos. L II 33 +0.50 +0.50  
E:12 Triangular white spot to the right in ornament . Pos. R I 21 +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Colored dot in P(O). Pos. R I 29 +0.50 +0.50  
E:14 Colored line in design. Pos. L II 11 +0.50 +0.50  
E:15 Colored spot below 2 outside the frame +0.50 +0.50  
E:16 Colored spot next to (POS)T. Pos. L II 72 +0.50 +0.50  

33 Ei - 23
Mi - 16
Zu - 16
SG - 18
YT - 18
Sc - 41
 
Day of Issue:
1920-03-25
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
2.288.645
SI DPC, LL 1920-03-25 - 1920-06-30
SI Scarce
MU rare

35 P. Carminrose

0.30 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    20:-
15:-
8:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 3:50 3:50  
B:1   Brown-lilac +1:- +1:-  
B:2 Brownish rose +0.30 +0.30  
C:1 Thicker paper +1:- +1:-  
E:1 Paper fold +3:- +3:-  
E:2 Setoff +8:- +8:-  
E:3 Interrupted lines in ornament +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 White line in ornament. Pos. IV 33 +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 Colored dot between (PO)ST. Pos.II 30 +0.60 +0.60  
E:6 Colored dot outside of frame between 4 stamps +1:- +1:-  
E:7 Colored line in stamp +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 White dot between (PO)ST +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 EESTI POST on unlined background +0.75 +0.75  

 

50 Ei - 24
Mi - 31
Zu - 17
SG - 19
YT - 18A
Sc - 42
 
Day of Issue:
1921-09-17
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
2.898.600
SI LPM 1921-09-17 - 1923-12-31
Sl Scarce

50 P. Green

0.30 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    25:-
15:-
7:-
  Block of four 5x 6x  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 35:- 35:-  
  Téte-Béche with gutter 45:- 45:-  
  Centerstar of printing sheet 90:- 90:-  
B:1   Light green +0.10 +0.05  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Damaged tower of St. Olai . Pos. x2 27 +0.50 +0.50  
E:3 Damaged frame. Pos. x3 21 +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 Colored dot in (P)O. Pos. x2 21 +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 Colored spot next to St. Olai. Pos. x3 82 +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 Colored spot left in ornament. Pos. x4 62 +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Colored spot in (5)0 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 White spot right in ornament +0.50 +0.50  

47 Ei - 25
Mi - 27
Zu - 18
SG - 20
YT - 19
Sc - 43
 
Day of Issue:
1920-12-04
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
7.277.200
SI DPC, LL, various PM 1920-12-04 - 1921-04-09
DPM 1921-04-10 - 1923-12-31

1 Mk. Brick red

0.50 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    15:-
10:-
8:-
  Block of four 6x 8x  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 35:- 35:-  
  Téte-Béche with gutter 55:- 55:-  
B:1   Red +0.25 +0.05  
C:1 Thicker paper +1:- +1:-  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Setoff +8:- +8:-  
E:3 Damaged frame +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 White spot left below +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 White spot in ornament +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 Colored spot in frame. Pos. 34 +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 Damaged (POS)T +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Colored line in the right ornament +0.50 +0.50  

38 Ei - 26
Mi - 17a
Zu - 19
SG - 21
YT - 20a
Sc - 45
 
Day of Issue:
1920-08-05
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
1.874.600
SI LL30g, DL 1920-08-05 - 1921-04-09
LL, LPC 1921-04-10 - 1922-10-31

2 Mk. Ultramarine

0.75 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    8:-
8:-
6:-
  Block of four 5x 8x  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 10:- 10:-  
B:1   Pale ultramarine +0.20 +0.05  
C:1 Thicker greyish paper +5:- +5:-  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Setoff +6:- +6:-  
E:3 EESTI POST on unlined background +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 Damaged or joined letters +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 Damaged towers +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 Damaged 2 +0.75 +0.75  
E:7 Damaged frame +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Colored dot in ornament above 2 +1.50 +1.50  
E:9 Colored spot in frame. Pos. 91 +1:- +1:-  
E:10 Colored spot outside of stamp +1:- +1:-  

46 Ei - 27
Mi - 17b
Zu - 19a
SG - 22
YT - 20
Sc - 44
 
Day of Issue:
1920-11-25
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
6.622.700
SI LL30g, DL 1920-11-25 - 1921-04-09
LL, LPC 1921-04-10 - 1922-10-31

2 Mk. Blue

1.25 0.10  

SI
MU
MI

    6:-
7:-
5:-
  Block of four 10x 15x  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 35:- 35:-  
B:1   Dark blue +0.15 +0.05  
B:2 Light blue +0.25 +0.05  
C:1 Thicker paper +4:- +4:-  
E:3 EESTI POST on unlined background +1:- +1:-  
E:4 Damaged or joined letters +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 Damaged towers +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 Damaged 2 +0.75 +0.75  
E:7 Damaged frame +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Colored dot in ornament above 2 +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 Colored spot left in ornament +0.50 +0.50  
E:12 Colored dot in the sky +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 F(E) instead of statt E(E) +0.75 +0.75  
E:14 Colored dot in P +0.50 +0.50  
E:15 White spot above K +0.50 +0.50  
E:16 Colored dot between (O)ST +0.75 +0.75  

43 Ei - 28
Mi - 28
Zu - 20
SG - 23
YT - 21
Sc - 46
 
Day of Issue:
1920-10-06
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
4.924.000
SI IL 1920-10-06 - 1921-04-09
DPC 1921-04-10 - 1923-12-31

2.50 Mk. Blue

0.50 0.20  

SI
MU
MI

    8:-
7:-
5:-
  Block of four 6x 10x  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 35:- 35:-  
B:1   Dark blue +0.10 +0.05  
B:2   Light blue +0.50 +0.25  
C:1 Thicker paper +2:- +2:-  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Damaged or joined letters +0.50 +0.50  
E:3 Damaged 2 +0.75 +0.75  
E:4 White line left in ornament. Pos. 51 +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 White line through EESTI POST. Pos. 81 +1:- +1:-  
E:6 White line through value. Pos. 71-72 +1:- +1:-  
E:7 White spot in ornament +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Colored spot in ornament +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 (M)k without dot +1:- +1:-  
E:10 Damaged 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.