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Tete beche pair of Azerbaijan Definitive of 1922

Tete beche pair of Azerbaijan Definitive of 1922
The Bibi Eibatt oil field design on the 3000 ruble value was copied from the first
stamp to feature the petroleum industry as the primary feature in its design.

After the Russian revolution, Azerbaijan declared itself independent on May 27, 1918. The following year the National Republic issued a set of ten stamps. On April 27, 1920 Soviet troops invaded and a Communist administration was established. The stamps pictured above were from the first set of stamps under the communist administration.

In 1922 the Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan issued a set of fifteen definitives featuring nine different designs. The Bibi Eibatt Oil Field was featured in the design for the 5 ruble and 3000 ruble denominations. Only the latter, the second highest value in the set is listed in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue as existing in tete beche pairs as depicted here.

     


Bibliography

"Azerbaijan." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 2008.

Scholle, Peter A."The design of Azerbaijan's 1921-22 single-color Bibi Eibatt oil field stamp was reused." Petroleum Stamps of the World. 2000.
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources.1 Nov. 2008 http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/staff/scholle/graphics/stamps/postage/Azeri4st.html.

- - -."The world's first stamp to depict an oil field." Petroleum Stamps of the World. 2000. New Mexico Bureau of Geology
& Mineral Resources.1 Nov. 2008 http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/staff/scholle/graphics/stamps/postage/Azeri3st.html.

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


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