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North Ingermanland

Pictorial Definitive

Pictorial Issue of 1920
This pictorial definitive depicting a ruined church was issued on August 2, 1920.

North Ingermanland, located north of Estonia, enjoyed a brief period of independence after World War I. A set of seven definitives using a design similar to Finnish definitives was issued on March 21, 1920. A set of seven pictorial definitives including the value pictured above was issued on August 2, 1920.

The Treaty of Dorpat (Estonia) returned North Ingermanland to Russia in October 1920. According to Varro E. Tyler, only small quantities of the pictorial definitives saw postal use. Many stamps were cancelled to order after they were withdrawn from postal use. Large quantiites were sold as remainders in 1922. Nonetheless, Tyler explains, most copies of these stamps in general collections are counterfeits. In his detailed discussion of the 10 pennia value, he notes that forgeries are printed on white paper while genuine stamps are printed on light cream-coloured paper. The Scott catalogue simply notes, "Counterfeits abound."


Mackay, Dr. James. The Complete Guide to Stamps and Stamp Collecting.London: Hermes House, 2005.

"North Ingermanland." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

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

Tyler, Varo E. "North Ingermanland." Focus on Forgeries A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps. Sidney, Ohio: Linn's Stamp News, 1993.

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