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- 20 July 2015 at 7:47 pm in reply to: Stamps used as money, and fiscal stamps used for postage #10815vasilis opsimosParticipant
Dr R.J.Ceresa in his work “The Postage Stamps of Russia, 1917-1923” (volume 5, section A, parts 1-5, p. 126) pictures a cover from Korets (27/7) to Novograd-Volynsk (28/7) with franking identical to yours. Could it be your cover?
As A.Epstein pointed out, we are dealing with an area under national Ukrainian administration (the Hetmanate) at this point in time. The intercity letter rate was 25k, so your cover appears to be properly franked.
In my collection I have a large-sized cover posted on July 23rd, 1918 from Korets to Novograd-Volynsk (24/7). It is franked at 32k (!!) with 4x5k fiscal stamps + 4x3k imperf Imperial Arms. The rate does not make sense to me, but….
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in the period May 1st, 1936 to June 10th, 1950, the international postcard rate from the Soviet Union was 30 kopecks. The registration charge was 80k (hence a registered card cost 1R 10k). The airmail surcharge was 1R – hence a registered airmail card cost 2R 10k.
In the period September 1st, 1917 to March 10th, 1918, the international postcard rate was 8 kopecks.
Hope this helps.