PÄRNU II
(September. 24, 1941)

Re-issue of the provisional issue of Pärnu ordered by the GPO in Tallinn. The re-issue was meant to prevent speculation in the original OPT's. However, either unintentionally or by purpose, the re-issue turned into a "white elephant". The OPT is slightly different and supplementary values were added.

Russian stamps of different issues provided with a three line horizontal black OPT "Pernau 8. V11 1941. The Roman II of the original OPT was changed to Arabic 11.

The issue was available in all Post Offices but was not valid for franking. Postally used covers, some even registred, are known, but should be treated as philatelic products.

Printing: typographed by "OMA" in Pärnu. Three different OPT plates were used. The number of sheets printed with plates No 1 and 2 is not known. The plates can be distinguished as follows:

Plate No 1. 10 x 10 impressions. Used for ail values with the exception of 1 and 2 kop.
Major varieties:

    Pos.
1.    P without serif 21
2.    Ditto 28, 68 Not in all sheets
3.    u with open bottom 39
4.    Mutilated V 70, 100 Not in all sheets
5.    Mulilated 1(9) 9
6.    Heavy smudgy 1(9) 69 Not in all sheets
7.    7 instead of 1(9) 91 Not in all sheets
8.    Slender 1941 19, 20

Prices: No 8 given under each separate stamp
All others 200% of normal price.

Plate No 2. 10 X 10 impressions. Used for all values with the exception of 1, 2 and 3 kop.
Major varieties:

    Pos.
1.    Mutilated u 57
2.    Damaged 8 50 Not in all sheets
3.    Mutilated V 13
4.    Slender 1941 59, 60
5.    Pernau instead of 1941 95-98 Not in all sheets

Prices: No 4-5 given under each separate stamp
1-3 200% of normal prices.

Plate No 3. 5 x 5 impressions. Used for the values of 1 and 2 kop. only.
Major varieties:

    Pos.
1.    u with open bottom 14,24
2.    White stroke through Pernau or 8.V11 16-25 Not always present
3.    Dot in the 8 3 Not in all sheets
4.    Dot in the V 10 Not in all sheets
5.    Dot between 1 and 9 20 Not in all sheets

Prices: 200% of normal prices. Numerous other smaller printing flaws exist in all three plates.

Proofs: Original impression of OPT on white (business forms) paper is known. 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 not known. The same impression used on other stamps (Timiryasev 30 kop., Majakovski, Coat of Arms 60 kop.) are unauthorized and are of no philatelic value.

Literature:
Votele Org: "Eesti Post ja Postmargid 1940-42" (Estonian Postal Organization and Stamps 1940-42). Stockholm 1959 (in Estonian).

    Ei. No. Mi. No. Issued

7.

1 Kop. Orange 7 1 90.000 2.50    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:2 Inverted OPT       +30:-    
  E:8 Set-off of OPT       +5:-    
8. 2 Kop. Green 8 2 90.000 2.50    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +45:-    
9. 3 Kop. Imperforate 9 3B 70.000 3.50    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +25:-    
10. 3 Kop. Perforated 10 3A 12.000 50:-    
  A:1 Imperforate at right       +15:-    
  E:1 Double OPT       +30:-    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +50:-    
  E:8 Set-off of OPT       +5:-    
11. 4 Kop. Red lilac 11 4 90.000 3:-    
  A:3 Double perforation       +15:-    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +40:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +20:-    
  E:9 Paper fold when overprinting, left row with strongly shifted OPT       +10:-    
12. 5 Kop. Red 12 5II 90.000 2.50:-    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +40:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +20:-    
  E:6 Pernau instead of 1941       +30:-    
  E:8 Set-off of OPT       +5:-    
13. 10 Kop. Blue grey 13 6II 200.000 2.50    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +40:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +15:-    
14. 15 Kop. Grey green 14 7II 200.000 2.50    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +40:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +15:-    
15 20 Kop. Green 15 8II 200.000 2.50    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +40:-    
  E:5 Slender / Magere 1941       +15:-    
  E:6 Pernau instead of 1941       +30:-    
16. 30 Kop. Blue 16 9II 200.000 2.50    
  E:1 Double OPT       +35:-    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +40:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +15:-    
  E:6 Pernau instead of 1941       +30:-    
  E:9 Paper fold when overprinting, left row with strongly shifted OPT       +10:-    
17. 50 Kop. Brown 17 10II 150.000 2.50    
  E:2 Strongly shifted OPT       +4:-    
  E:4 Inverted OPT       +40:-    
  E:5 Slender 1941       +15:-    

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.