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Handstamped Russian Definitives of 1902-1919

60 kopeck surcharge with periods
60 kopek surcharge with periods after K and 60

Armenia declared its independence on May 28, 1918 and issued its first stamps in 1919. The first issue was a 60 kopeck surcharge on a orange Russian 1 kopeck definitive. It exists in both perforated and imperforate and with black and violet surcharges. Subsequent issues were overprinted with an Armenian H which is the initial for Hayasdan (Armenia). The H looks like a script Z with a curved crossbar. Counterfeits are common.

Armenian H Overprint
The Armenian H in a frame and without
frame on the 1 ruble design of 1912.


"Armenia." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

Rossiter, Stuart and John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald and Co., 1986.

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