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1058 roubles franking from 1923

Codexluminati - 8/3/2016 at 08:43

I just purchased this russian registered cover from 17/X/1923 and would be interested in knowing what is the rate applied on the cover with a franking of 1058 roubles.(there is an 18 blue written on the front, is that for 18x the rate?)

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Codexluminati - 8/3/2016 at 08:43


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IvoSteijn - 8/4/2016 at 13:52

This is one of those "conversion table" problems. Starting on 16 October 1923, postal rates were set in gold currency which was converted to 1923 rubles at a rate which was adjusted daily.
The gold kopek postal rates were 20k per 15 grams, plus 20k for registration. If I recall correctly, the conversion rate was on the order of 1 gold ruble = 500 rubles of 1923, so 20 gold kopeks would be about 100 rubles of 1923. Someone with access to a conversion table will do better

So my best guess? 9-fold weight (it's a big envelope!) costing 9x20 gold kopeks = 1.80 gold rubles, plus 20 gold kopeks for registration makes 2 gold rubles exactly. Using a conversion rate of 529, that gets you to 1058 rubles of 1923.

I'm not sure what the "18" on the front means, sorry!

Codexluminati - 8/5/2016 at 00:42

Thanks alot for the info IvoSteijn. Is there a place on the web, where we can find the dayly exchange rate from the inflation period?, I try but didn't find any.

IvoSteijn - 8/5/2016 at 02:58

I couldn't find a table in anything I had available either, sorry! A great person to ask would be Randy Woodward - our Rossica bulletin editor - who really likes these October-November 1923 math problems. His email address is:

vasia - 8/13/2016 at 07:51

Here is a table of the ruble exchange rates for late 1923 (from the POCHTA journal #26):

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Codexluminati - 8/14/2016 at 04:32

Thanks vasia, exactly what I was looking for.