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Monday, August 29, 2011

A 1919 Azerbaijan Democratic Republic Postage Stamp

Illustrated below is an example of an Azerbaijan stamp issued in 1919 during a brief period of independence from Russia. After the First World War when the Russian Empire fell apart many of the smaller satellite states on Russia's border claimed independence with Azerbaijan among them. From 1918-1920 the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was formed and issued a set of 10 stamps known as the Moussavat Set issued in thin white unperforated paper. The example below is of a farmer with wheat crop and has a value of 1 rouble. I have also seen this design with a value of 40 Kop (believed to be a Soviet government re-issue after the Russian take-over of the country)



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