Specialized Russia
December 4, 2013

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Lot #4004
RUSSIA Essays for the First Russian Postage Adhesive
1856 10kop za lot, surface printed essay in green, Mercury type, cut square on white bond paper (45:45mm), very fine. A wonderful Imperial rarity, possibly the only one known in this color, ex-Kirchner, Goss, handstamped "P.M.D." In July 1854, the Director of the Postal Department made an official request to the Council of State for the preparation of postage stamps. The proposed design featuring the head of Mercury was not accepted. Most of the known Mercury essays are cut to shape and affixed to envelopes; only two or three exist with large margins all around
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Price Realized
$70,000.00

Lot #4005
RUSSIA Essays for the First Russian Postage Adhesive
1856 10kop za lot, 1k za konv (10k per 10 lot; 1kop for cover) embossed Eagle, in blue green, with blue background, die essay on thin card, bottom right angle cut out and replaced as usual, v.f., probably the only known in this color, handstamped "P M D"
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Price Realized
$23,000.00

Lot #4006
RUSSIA Essays for the First Russian Postage Adhesive
1856 10kop za lot, 1k za konv (10k per 10 lot; 1kop for cover) embossed Eagle, in blue gray, with reddish brown background, die essay on thin card, bottom right angle cut out and replaced, v.f., probably the only known in this color, handstamped "P M D"
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Price Realized
$23,000.00

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