OVERPRINTS OF 1920

The overprinted issue was made to provide stamps for the increase of Postal Tariffs from July 1, 1920. The 1 Mark value was intended for domestic postcards and the 2 Marka for domestic letters.

1 Mk. OPT.
The overprinting was made on stamps of the Sun Design and Panorama of Tallinn issues (15 and 35 penni resp.). The black OPT - 1 Mk. and two control period markings - was typographed by the A/S Ühiselu in Tallinn and applied to the whole printing sheet of 400 stamps. The same plate was used for both values. Due to wear and tear the OPT is often faulty and numerous printing errors have been recorded. The OPT is also often strongly shifted.
The Post Offices were mostly supplied with ahorizontally cut sheets of 200 stamps (with gutter), and less frequently with a pane of 100 stamps. The issue is imperforate. Postmaster perforations are known, and also forgeries.

Valid until June 30, 1926.

2 Mk. OPT.
The overprinting was made on the 70 penni value of the Seagull issue. The blackOPT (old values overprinted with two lines + 2 Mk. and two control period markings) was typographed by Joh. & Alma Paalmann in Tallinn and applied to a whole printing sheet. A pane of 100 or horizontally halfed printing sheets were sold at the P.O.-s. The OPT is often faulty and strongly shifted.
The issue is imperforate. Postmaster perforations are known, and also forgeries. In recent years a pair with forged OPT on one stamp only has appeared,

Valid until June 30,1926.

44 Ei - 29
Mi - 18
Zu - 28
SG - 26
YT - 44
Sc - 55
 
Day of Issue:
1920-10-06
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
1.153.100
SI DPC, LL, Various PM 1920-10-06 - 1921-04-09
DPM 1921-04-10 - 1923-12-31

1 Mk./15 P. Rose

0.20 0.20  

SI
MU
MI

    25:-
10:-
6:-
  Block of four 6x 8x  
  Basic stamp partly unprinted 75:- 75:-  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 9:- 9:-  
B:1   Carmine rose +0.05 +0.05  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:3 Shifted OPT +5:- +5:-  
E:5 Damaged 1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 1 with flat head. Pos. IV 60 +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 1 with out first stroke. Pos. II 29 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Thick 1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Short left foot of M. Pos. II 96 +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 Right foot of M broken. Pos. IV 1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 (M)k w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
E:12 OPT with one control stop only +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Black line between 1 and M. Pos. III 71 +0.50 +0.50  

39 Ei - 30
Mi - 19
Zu - 29
SG - 27
YT - 45
Sc - 56
 
Day of Issue:
1920-08-25
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
2.883.666
SI LL30g, DL 1920-08-01 - 1921-04-09
LL, LPC 1921-04-10 - 1922-10-31

1 Mk./35 P. Rose

0.20 0.20  

SI
MU
MI

    20:-
10:-
6:-
  Block of four 6x 8x  
  Horizontal pair with gutter 5:- 5:-  
B:1   Dark violet +0.10 +0.10  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Setoff of OPT +10:- +10:-  
E:3 Shifted OPT +1:- +1:-  
E:4 Ditto, OPT on upper half of stamp +12:- +12:-  
E:5 Damaged 1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 1 with flat head. Pos IV 60 +0.50 +0.50  
E:7 1 w/o first stroke. Pos. II 29 +0.50 +0.50  
E:8 Thick 1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:9 Short left foot of (1)M. Pos. II 96 +0.50 +0.50  
E:10 Right foot of M(k) broken. Pos. IV 1 +0.50 +0.50  
E:11 (M)k w/o stop +0.50 +0.50  
E:12 OPT with one controlstop only +0.50 +0.50  
E:13 Black line between 1 and M. Pos. III 71 +0.50 +0.50  

37 Ei - 31
Mi - 20
Zu - 30
SG - 28
YT - 46
Sc - 57
 
Day of Issue:
1920-08-01
Perforation:
Imperforate
Issued:
726.870
SI LL30g, DL 1920-08-01 - 1921-04-09
LL, LPC 1921-04-10 - 1922-10-31

2 Mk./70 P. Violet

0.20 0.20  

SI
MU
MI

    8:-
10:-
7:-
  Block of four 5x 12x  
  Basic stamp partly unprinted 75:- 75:-  
  Horizontal pair with gutter +7:- +7:-  
B:1   Dark violet +- +-  
B:2 Blue grey +0.10 +0.10  
E:1 Paper fold +4:- +4:-  
E:2 Pair, one stamp w/o OPT +65:- +65:-  
E:3 Pair, one stamp w/o OPT +0.50 +0.50  
E:4 Short left foot of (2)M +0.50 +0.50  
E:5 OPT lines broken +0.50 +0.50  
E:6 Shifted OPT +1:- +1:-  
E:7 OPT on back +40:- +40:-  

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.