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30th October 1919

Europe 43

  #1A xxx

imperf, no wmk, lithographed
Printed by Demidoff, Baku

Azerbaijan Sc1A-10A

Description   Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#  
On white paper (greyish paper are 1A-10A)
10 kopecks multicoloured   1 1      
20k multicoloured   2 2      
40k green, yellow and black   3 3      
60k red, yellow and black   4 4      
1 ruble blue, yellow and black   5 5      
2r red, bister and black   6 6      
5r blue, bister and black   7 7      
10r olive green, bister and black   8 8      
25r blue, red and black   9 9      
50r olive green, red and black   10 10      

It was noted in the May 2018 edition of the FICC Journal (Vol. 26 No. 2) that the 2019 Scott catalogue has identified the 1919 Azerbaijan set as being on white paper. Stamps printed on "greyish" paper are dated 1920, numbered 1A-10A and valued at about 20% of the 1919 white issue.

Wikipedia: the Republic of Azerbaijan is a country in the Transcaucasian region, situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south.

Europe 43a

TFR issues for Azerbaijan
1922 Sc32 SG38
Sc15 SG11 surcharged
Sc350 SG83

Changes of Administration

Azerbaijan's story is remarkably similar to those of Armenia and Georgia: historic independence; gradual acquisition by various combinations of Russia / Turkey / Persia; renewed independence as a Republic in 1919 following the Russian Revolution; within a few years becoming a Soviet Republic and then; joining with the aforementioned in 1922 to form the Transcaucasian Federation of Soviet Republics; being subsumed into the USSR in the 1923; becoming independent again when Russia disintegrated in the 1990s.

Within the TFR, stamps at first continued to be issued for its contituents, followed by general issues.

Link: Breakup of the USSR