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[*] posted on 9/22/2012 at 09:53
Postal regulation for stamps on letters abroad


When dated the postal regulation which allowed to use russian stamps on letters abroad ?
I think, it was in 1864. Knows anybody the correct date of this regulation or on which date its taking affect ?
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[*] posted on 9/22/2012 at 11:33


Prigara's book deals with this question. Quote: "After the Imperial Command of 13 April 1863, which allowed the use of stamps on letters mailed to foreign countries, and also added the 1, 3 and 5 kopek stamps to the already existing 10, 20 and 30 kopek values, the Postal Establishments were informed by the Department of the issue of these stamps in the Circular of June, 1864."

These additional values were needed to make up the complex rates for International mail and were actually not issued until July 1864.

So, technically, stamps could be used from April 1863, but the Post Office Official notice was in June 1864, and the stamps needed for the rates available from mid-July 1864.

Anyone care to post any scans of covers illustrating usage during this period?
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[*] posted on 9/24/2012 at 15:20


The further stamps with 1, 3 and 5 kopeks are needed for the correspondence to France, the Netherlands and so on.
Letters to Prussia and the other states in the German-Austrian Postal Union (DOPV) could be payed with stamps of 10 and 20 Kopeks.
Therefor, such letters from 1863/64 should be existing due to my opinion.
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