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EstoniaEdit

Estonia was an independent country until it was occupied by the Soviet Union starting in 1941. Estonia regained its independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. All stamps are inscribed “EESTI” or are without country inscription but have an Estonian town mark.
The stamps are grouped according to political period:
A - Period of independence, 1929 – 1941
B - Period of Soviet Union occupation, 1941 – 1991
C - Period of independence, 1991 to present
Most stamps used in the years between 1941 and 1991 are identical to those used in the Soviet Union. Only stamp types unique to Estonia are shown in Group B. See UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS for the other issues.



GROUP A: First period of independenceEdit


A1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1929. [$20]

Upright frank with simulated perforation border.
Inscribed “EESTI” at top and “SENTI” at bottom between two starbursts.
Four-digit S# high between TM and frank.
Meter numbers 1 through 21 (possibly higher), at base of town mark.
TM: SC
V/F: 000 (A,G)






GROUP B: Period of Soviet Union occupation, 1941 to 1991Edit

Most stamps used in this period are identical to those used in the rest of the Soviet Union. Only stamp types unique to Estonia are listed here.




B1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1941. [$100]

Used during the first Soviet occupation from January to August 1941.
As Type A1 but with “CCCP” at top and “KOП” at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F: 000




B2. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1941. [$75]

Oval frank with “ПОЧТА CCCP” at top and “KOП” at bottom.
Hammer and sickle logo at left and right of value figures.
TM: DC
V/F: 000
NOTE. This stamp remained in use for some time after 1945. All other stamps used in Estonia between 1945 and 1991 are identical to the stamps of the SOVIET UNION (USSR).






GROUP C: Period of independence, 1991 to presentEdit

Sub-group CA: Provisional issues without country inscriptionEdit




CA1. Perm (MV).

Frank is upright octagon without inscription with inner box around the value figures.
Value figures are stacked and date figures are vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: 000






Sub-group CB: Frank is upright octagonEdit





CB1. Perm (MV). [$100]

Frank with “EESTI” at top and “POST” at bottom.
Value figures in inner box.
Value figures are horizontal and date figures are vertical.
Date only without TM
V/F: 000




CB2. Perm (MV).

“EESTI” stacked at left and “POST” stacked at right.
Date and value figures horizontal.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank
B. Narrow spacing [$10]
TM: SC
V/F: 000







CB3. Perm (MV).

As Type CB2 but value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
A. Frank frame with long vertical sides and short diagonals
B. Frank frame with short vertical sides and long diagonals
TM: SC
V/F: 000











NOTES:

  • Type CB4 has been re-cataloged as Type CB2B.
  • Type CB5 has been eliminated as it is no different from CB3A.







CB6. Perm (MV).

Similar to Type CB3 but with inner box added around the value figures.
A. Frank as wide as it is tall [$5]
B. Tall, narrow frank [$10]
C. Frank frame with short vertical sides and long diagonals [$5]
TM: DC, SC
V/F: 000
a. As C but the town mark is a mimic of the frank! [$25]
















NOTES:

  • Type CB7 has been re-cataloged as Type CB6B.
  • Type CB8 has been re-cataloged as Type CB6C.
  • Type CB9 has been re-cataloged as Type CB6a.





CB10. Perm (MV). [$10]

Frank with six horizontal dashes at each side.
“EESTI” at top, “POST” at bottom.
Value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: 000



CB11. Neopost “2205” (MV). [$5]

The frank has short corner diagonals.
“EESTI” at top, “POST” at bottom.
Spacing between TM and frank is narrow.
TM: SC
V/F: 000



CB12. Neopost “205” (MV). [$5]

Similar to Type CB11 but the corner diagonals are longer and the sides are shorter.
With “K” at right of value figures.
M# below frank. Date figures tall.
TM: SC
V/F: 000






Sub-group CC: Frank without or with incomplete frame linesEdit




CC1. Perm (MV). [$10]

Frank without frame lines but otherwise as Type CB1.
Date only without TM.
V/F: 000





CC2. Perm (MV). [$10]

Frame lines at sides only.
“POST” stacked at left and “EESTI” stacked at right. “KOP” at bottom.
Value figures stacked, and date figures are vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: 000




CC3. Perm (MV). [$10]

Frank without outer frame lines but with inner box around value figures.
“EESTI” at top and “POST” at bottom.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: 000
NOTE: the illustration is a tracing




CC4. Pitney Bowes (MV). [$15]

No frame lines. “EESTI” above and “POST” below value figures.
None seen with town mark
V/F: ≋000

NOTE: The stamp image at right closely resembles Type CC4 but has only one value figure. This is likely a non-metered machine stamp of some sort or possibly even a hand stamp.







Sub-group CD: Frank is horizontal octagonEdit




CD1. Frama “M/E” (MV). [$5]

Very large frank inscribed “EESTI” at top and “POST” at bottom.
Inner box around value figures. M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: 000




CD2. Frama “M/E” (MV). [$5]

As Type CD1 but much smaller.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: 0000




CD3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). [$5]

Similar to Type CD2 but much wider, and value figures smaller.
Without M#.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋000




CD4. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).

Very similar to Type CD2 but inscriptions are narrower, and value figures are smaller.
M# with “3” prefix below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋000




CD5. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV). [$5]

Tall frank without inner box around value figures.
Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
“POST” breaks bottom frame line.
M# with “31” prefix between TM and frank.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋000




CD6. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” series (MV).

Frank as Type CD5 but not as large.
Date and value figures are on the same level.
“POST” above bottom frame line. M# below frank.
TM: SC
A. Frank 29-30 x 21 mm
B. Frank 30-31 x 23 mm
C. Frank 29-30 x 25 mm, with “K” at right of value figures
V/F: ≋000 , ≋0000










CD7. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Narrow frank without inner box around value figures.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋00.0



CD8. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type CD7 but frame lines are thicker and the corner diagonals curve slightly inward.
Value figures without “K” at right.
Distance between centers of date and value figures is 37 mm.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: 0000



CD9. Hasler “Smile” (MV).

As Type CD8 but wider spacing.
Distance between centers of date and value figures is 40 mm.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: 0000 , 00000



CD10. Hasler “Smile” (MV).

As Type CD9 but corner diagonals are longer and top, bottom and sides are shorter.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: 00000







Sub-group CE: Circular frankEdit



CE1. Perm (MV). [$50]

TM and frank reversed.
Octagon TM with “EESTI” and “POST” stacked at the sides.
Circular frank with “TALLINN” and “EESTI” vertical at the sides.
This is apparently either an assembly mistake or the result of an incomplete assembly package.
V/F: 000






Sub-group CF: Frank contains "SPECIMEN"Edit

A Specimen stamp used incorrectly on actual mail


CF1. Pitney Bowes "6300" (MV). [$50]

Frank consists of horizontal lines with "SPECIMEN" at top and model number "P.B.6300" at bottom.
This stamp was produced by a demonstration machine used in error to frank actual mail.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋000










NOTE: This Hasler "Mailmaster" stamp is used by a private courier

service and is not an issue of the Estonian postal service.








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