FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. I have bought a set of "Ostland" stamps overprinted "Peetri". Can you tell me more about it ?

A. As far as we know there is no "Peetri" overprint. At least not an official one. Your "overprinted" stamps are probably cancelled by a provisional single line canceller. The cancel was used during the years 1941 - 1944 with violet or red ink. Additional information about provisional cancellations will be found at the page "Provisional Estonian Cancellations".

Q. I have found some stamps overprinted "Baltiski". I can't find any information about such overprints in any catalog. Is it some kind of a bogus issue?

A. Probably not. Our guess is that it is a provisional cancellation. Please have a look at the page "Provisional Estonian Cancellations".

Q: Where can I find information about Estonian postal rates since 1991?

A: In the Eesti Vabariigi Postmargid Kataloog (Catalogue of Republic of Estonia Postage Stamps) issued by Eesti Muinsuskaitse Selts, Pikk 46, PK 3141, EE0090 Tallinn, Estonia.
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Q. Where do I find pre 1991 Estonian rates?

A. There is a book named "Viron Postimaksuja/Postal rates of Estonia 1918-1940" written by Esa Mattila. The book is in Finnish and English. Unfortunately the number of books printed was quite small - only 250. The book was issued 1987 by the Philatelic Society of Finland. Perhaps they still have a copy.

Q: I have bought a basic collection of Estonian stamps. In the collection is a set of stamps with the inscription Estland and a nazi swastika. I can't find these stamps listed in Michel. Do you know anything about such stamps?

A: These stamps are German occupation stamps. You will find them in the Michel Germany catalogue or in the Estonia Philately & Postal History Handbook by Vambola Hurt and Elmar Ojaste (in English and German).

Q: Recently I bought the Estonia airmail issue with the 10 marka 1923 overprint (Mi 43 B). The shading lines look pretty good and they also have the right amount (9 or 10). To me, the stamps looks genuine but I still have some doubts: There is a slight upward shift of the central blueish green color. Is that normal? The gum is irregular and a little brownish. Regummed? I have another single copy of the airmail stamp (without the overprint) and this has a smooth colorless gum.

A: Slight shifts of the central blueish green color is normal. Also color varieties is normal. Two different kinds of gum are known. The first one is a dull evenly applied gum, which occasionally has turned brownish. Later in the issue a shiny, irregular gum appeared. The irregular gum was mostly used for the 1923 surcharges and is seldom found in the original 1920 issue. Also this later gum is known to turn slightly brownish.

Q: I have a copy of the expensive perforated 10 marka 1923 overprint (Mi 43 A). The stamp itself seems to be genuine. How can I be sure that the perforation is genuine?

A: Tricky. However, have a look at the page "Aeronaut (Päevaleht) & Teetsov Perforations".

Q: I have found a copy of the 5 penni (Mi 5) that is lemon yellow instead of ochre (brownish yellow). Is it a forgery?

A: Probably not. A few sheets were printed in lemon yellow. Such stamps are very rare.

Q: In my collection I have an unused copy of the 5 k Flower Design stamp (Mi 1) overprinted "15" in black. What is this? I can't find it in any catalogue.

A: This is a phantom (bogus) issue which were not issued officially by postal authorities and never used officially for postal purposes. You can find additional information about such stamps in the Estonia Philately & Postal History Handbook by Vambola Hurt and Elmar Ojaste (in English and German).