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Title: Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately
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Publication Date: Spring 2003
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NUMBER 36 Raymond J. Pietruszka: Editor: pietrj mindspnng.com Spnng

Society News
Rossica National Meeting in McLean, Va
in June

ROSSICA s 2003 national meeting will be
held in conjunction with NAPEX on Saturday, 7
June, from 2pm to 4pm in the Mt. Vernon Room.
The membership meeting will start at 2pm followed
by a two-part program on; Beginnings of the
Czechoslovak Siberian Legion by Jerry Verner and
Postal Uses of Cinderllas by Nick Sorokin.
NAPEX is June 6-8 2003 and is being held at the
Hilton Mclean Tysons Corer, 7920 Jones Branch
Drive, McLean VA 22102.
NAPEX will be sponsoring the annual
American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors
(AAPE) North American Youth Champion of
Champions competition this year. The AAPE Youth
Championship features youth grand award winners at
nationally accredited shows as listed in the United
States or Canada with at least a national level silver
medal. The youth age limit now extends through age
NAPEX is also very pleased to announce Mr.
Wilson Hulme's participation in a one-hour forum on
Sunday, June 8, from 1-2 pm. Mr. Hulme is the
Smithsonian Institution's Curator of Philately at the
National Postal Museum (NPM) where he has served
since August 2002. During this forum, Mr. Hulme
will give a presentation on his first year's experience
at the NPM and offer his future
Continued on Page 2

The Rossica Journal will come out in
September and will be a double issue.


The Society needs a volunteer to run the officers
elections scheduled for next year. Duties include
taking and verifying nominations, preparing the ballot
and supervising the election. If you are interested and
have the time please contact Gary Combs.

In this Issue

Auction Results Page 2
Chapter Meeting Report Page 2
Modem Forgeries Page 3
Rossica s Medalists Page 6
Russia s New Issues Page 4

|Number 36 The Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately Spring 2003

Northern California Chapter Meetings

One of our most active chapters, the Northern
California Rossica meets two to three times a year.
The following is a report on their activities for the
past six months.

The Northern California Rossica met at SUNPEX
(Sunnyvale, CA) on 9 Nov 02. The program,
Metered Mail of Latvia 1908-1918, was given by
Dzintars Grinfelds. Slogan and standard machine
cancels were shown, including the first (provisional)
cancel and some non-Riga markings, a very nice
grouping made more impressive as it was done by a
14 year old!

There was little in the way of business at the meeting.
A discussion of recent publications was held. The
Shalimoff/Shaw/Walton catalog of USSR
advertising/propaganda postal cards and the latest
issue of ZfKRP (no 7) were extolled.

Ed Laveroni was unable to attend due to holiday in
New Zealand and Fiji. He and Pat are taking this
retired business seriously. Filling in was Mike
Renfro. In attendance were Paul Ortega, Dave
Waterman, Paul von Hungen, Vesma Grinfelds &
Alex Safonoff.

The spring Northern California Rossica meeting was
held at WESTPEX on Sat. April 26, 2003. George
Shalimoff was the featured speaker on Soviet
Propaganda Postal Cards. George has recently
published a book on the subject so he is quite

Dr. Ross Marshall, a Rossica member from New
Zealand, attended the meeting. He and his delightful
wife, Elizabeth, stayed with Ed Laveroni. Ross
exhibited his Russia Antarctica 1955-59 at

The next scheduled meeting of the Northern
California Chapter will be at Sunpex in November

National Meeting Continued From Page 1

vision for philately at the museum. Following this
presentation, he will answer questions from the
audience. Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Friday
and Saturday. The hours are 10 am to 4 pm on

Hotel: The Mclean Hilton will serve as the
headquarters hotel and has rooms for $105
single/double; call 703-761-5111 and request the
special NAPEX rate.

Directions: NAPEX 2003 will be held at the McLean
Hilton, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, near Tysons
Comer, Virginia. The Hilton is just outside the
Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) to the west of
Washington DC. Take Exit 46A (Route 123 South)
from the Beltway. This exit is 4 miles south of the
Maryland border (Potomac River Bridge) on 1-495
and ten miles north of the Virginia junction of 1-95
and 1-495. Exit 46A is Chain Bridge Road West.
Turn right at the first traffic light (Tyson's Blvd).
Take the next right at the top of the hill onto Galleria
Drive. Stay in center lane and follow signs to
Westpark Drive and Jones Branch Road (turn right).
Hilton Hotel is halfway down the hill on your right.
Enter the driveway just before hotel and proceed to
the large 1000 space free parking lot at the rear.

Rossica Auction Results

The 2003 Rossica Auction was a huge success! Just
over 1200 lots were offered by 23 venders. The
auction offered something for everyone. There were
stamps: 200 lots, postal history; 290 lots, postal
stationery; 108 lots, fiscal/non-postal; 500 lots and
literature; 35 lots offered. They represented all
periods: Imperial: 655 lots including zemstvos and
offices, Civil War: 154 lots, USSR: 352 lots, and
Post-Soviet: 24 lots. The Civil War section
represented the governments of the White
Forces, Red Forces and independent countries, like
the Ukraine. The auction was a great opportunity for
Continued on page 3

|Number 36 The Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately Spring 2003

"Modern Forgeries"
By Dr Ray Ceresa

The following article is a summation of the
lecture on Modern Forgeries given by Dr. Ray Ceresa
at the 2002 Rossica Annual Meeting. Dr. Ceresa, a
Rossica member from the United Kingdom, is the
author of a series of books covering the issues of the
Russian Civil War.
Forgeries are coming from many sources. Ray
obtained blocks of five different varieties of forgeries
printed in 1926 in Paris from sheets with forged
overprints from a French dealer, but it is not always
clear where the forgeries were printed. Not all
forgeries are being sold as genuine. 50-60 lots have
appeared on E-bay over the past few years of declared
forgeries of NorthWest Army or Western Army. But
the next seller may not be as honest.
The most dangerous forgeries appearing over
the past three years have been digital reproductions of
both overprints and stamps. For example, Scott 224,
the 20R/15K RSFSR Star Issue. A genuine 20R
overprint was scanned into a computer, the stamp
removed, the overprint duplicated to make a block of
overprints and then the block of overprints printed onto
a sheet of genuine 15 Kop. stamps. It took a 200-
power magnifying glass to pick out the dots on the
scanned overprint! With a glass of less power, one
needs to look for a black mist around the edges of the
overprint. This is a result of the ink being sprayed
onto the stamp. Both inkjet and LaserJet printers do
But even this technology has been improved.
One forger has taken this process one step further. He
takes his file of the overprint and has a lithograph plate
made! There is no mist around the overprint; no dots
making up the overprint. It is an exact copy a perfect
forgery of the overprint! To detect this type of forgery,
one has to either plate the overprint, something almost
impossible today, or hope that the forger uses either
the wrong stamps or ink. Both of these techniques
require sophisticated tools.
Forgers are even applying the same technology
to faking expertization certificates. Scanning them in,
changing the information or photo and then printing
them out. The only was to check was by the control
number. So even a certificate needs to be verified with
the issuing source. Never accept a copy of a
This new computer technology is also being
applied to stamps. Ray Ceresa showed two sheets of
the 49 stamps of the RSFSR 2R and 200R stamps of
1921. Both of these sheets were scanned fakes. The
2R was a very poor quality scanning, probably using a
300-600 dpi scanner. It was very crude to the naked
eye, an obvious fake. But the color matched very well

though the details in the design were lacking. The
200R was perfect except that every stamp was exactly
the same but as a single stamp you could not tell it
from a real stamp. However there were several other
things wrong. The paper was not right and a block of
49 in a 7 x 7 format is not found on these issues. Ray
Ceresa believes that the intended use of this forgery is
to create double or triple impression errors on a
genuine stamp. Given the poor quality of the genuine
issue, the only way to identify this type of forgery
would be in the inks and the color mist.

Rossica Auction Results-Continued from Pg 2

collectors to add fiscal and non-postal items to their
collections with 500 lots offered. 35 members made
over 500 bids on 350 lots valued at an estimated
The bidding showed a lot of interesting things.
The largest number of sales were for stamps, with 62%
of Imperial, 74% of the Civil War, 38% of the USSR
lots sold. This was followed by postal history, in
which 35% of the Imperial, 100% of Civil War and
50% of the USSR sold. Imperial postal stationery
sold well, 23% of the lot sold. Very few Fiscal and
Non-postal issues sold, but those that did went for
high prices. Imperial 27 lots for $1250, Civil War 27
lots for $490 and 34 USSR lots for $662 were sold
representing only 18% of the lots offered. Fifty
percent of the Literature was sold, but mainly for the
minimum bid. Only one lot of Post Soviet material
was sold.

Editor's note: All numbers given in this article are
based on his review of the initial results. They are not
the official, audited numbers of the auction.
Number of lots sold and their value are subject to
change as lots are paid for and inspected by the

|Number 36 The Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately Spring 2003

Russia's New Issues

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This postage stamp is issued to commemorate the 10th
anniversary of the Constitutional Court of the Russian
Federation. The stamp features the tower of the
building of the Constitutional Court in Moscow and
the inscription on the sheet bears the state arms: "The
Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. 10
Designer: A.Batov
Printing: offset
Perforation: comb 12
Face value: 3.00 rbl.
Size: 37 x 50 mm (along perforation)
Print quantity: 250 000 copies
Stamps per sheet: 25 values


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This souvenir sheet pays tribute to the 60th anniversary
of the battle of Moscow (September 30, 1941 April
20th, 1942) which took place during the Great Patriotic
War. The first important victory over the German

fascist Army was won in the battle of Moscow in the
course of war. The stamp of the souvenir sheet and its
margins show military parade (according to
documentary photo) in Red Square in Moscow took
place on November 7, 1941 and a map of Moscow
campaign. In the foreground of the drawing there is a
memorial to the defenders of Moscow (erected in
1966). The souvenir sheet also bears the Medal "For
Defense of Moscow".
Designer: A.Moskovets
Printing: offset
Perforation: frame 12 x 12 1/2
Face value: 10.00 rbl.
Size of the souvenir sheet: 100 x 75 mm
Size of the stamp in the souvenir sheet: 30 x 42
Print quantity: 250 000 copies
Stamps per souvenir sheet: 1 value


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This postage stamp issue commemorates the 10th
anniversary of establishing of the Commonwealth of
Independent States. The Commonwealth of
Independent States (CIS) is an intergovernmental
union established on December 8, 1991. The Charter
of the CIS countries was adopted in 1993. The Charter
stipulates the goals of joint activities: security of
human rights and freedom, co-ordination of foreign
policy, formation of the common economic space,
development of transport and communications
systems, health protection and preservation of the
environment, social and immigration policy, fight
against organized crime, co-operation in defense policy
and protection of outer boundaries. The stamp
features the emblem of the Commonwealth of
Independent States and the inscription.
Designer: I.Komarov
Printing: offset
Perforation: comb 12 1/2 x 12
Face value: 2.00 rbl.

|Number 36 The Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately Spring 2003

Size: 28 x 40 mm (along perforation)
Print quantity: 250 000 copies
Stamps per sheet: 36 values



This Russian postage stamp honors the new 2002
year. The troika of white horses and Father Frost are
depicted against a blue background of the stamp.
Congratulatory inscription "Happy New Year" in the
upper part of the stamp was produced with silver foil
embossed printing.

Designer: S.Sukharev
Manufacturing process: offset/relief printing
Perforation: comb 12 x 12 1/2
Face value: 2.50 rbl.
Size: 37 x 26 mm (along perforation)
Print quantity: 350 000 copies
Sheetlet print quantity: 80 000 copies
Stamps per sheet: 25 values
Stamps per sheetlet: 6 values

Issued 2 January 2002




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Perforation: No 951 comb.12 1/4 : 12; No 952-955 -
comb.12 : 12 1/4.
Size: 951 28 x 40 mm; No 952-955 40 x 28 mm.
Sheet composition: 36 (6 x 6) stamps.
Printing run: 250.000

3.00 (R). multicolored. Republic of Altai.
3.00 (R). multicolored. Amur region.
3.00 (R). multicolored. Karachaevo-Cherkeskaya
3.00 (R). multicolored. Sakhalin region.
3.00 (R). multicolored. Republic of Khakassiya.

Issued 24 January 2002

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Designer: Vladimir Beltjukov
Paper: coated
Printing process: offset
Perforation: comb. 12
Size: 40 x 28 mm.
Sheet composition: 36 (6 x 6) stamps.
Printing run: 250.000

3.00 (R). multicoloured. Mountain skiing.
4.00 (R). multicoloured. Figure skating.
5.00 (R). multicoloured. Ski jumping

Designer: Vladimir Beilin
Paper: coated
Printing process: offset

|Number 36 The Bulletin of the Rossica Society of Russian Philately Spring 2003

Rossica Medalists

BALPEX 2002, Hurt Valley, MD, 30 August 1 September 2002

David M. Skipton, A Look through the Judas Hole: The Imperial Russian Prison System & Censorship,
Gold and American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors Creativity Award.

MILCOPEX 2002, Milwaukee, WI, 20-22 September 2002

Vesma Grinfelds, Lithuanian Air Post Issues 1921-1936, Vermeil and American Association of Philatelic
Exhibitors Award of Honor.

COLOPEX 2003, Columbus, OH, 14-16 February 2003

G. Adolph Ackerman, Via Red Skies Development of Soviet Air Mail 1922-1945, Gold and the American
Philatelic Society Research Award, Rossica Society of Russian Philately Award, The Edward E. Kuehn Award,
The Columbus Philatelic Club Award of Excellence, The Columbus Philatelic Club Research Award, The
Columbus Philatelic Club Postal History Award.

G. Adolph Ackerman, Russian Imperial Air Units in World War I, Single Frame Vermeil.

G. Adolph Ackerman, Soviet Air Fleet/Osoaviakhim Stamps/Labels, Silver.

Roger P. Quinby, The Finnish Philatelist, Vol. 7, # 1-4, Silver-Bronze.

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