Ukraine stamps

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Ukraine, with its area of 603,628 km2, is the second largest country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast respectively.


Scott: #189O

Issued: 9.10.1993

75th Anniversary, First Ukrainian Stamp

#1 Inside #189: Ukraine #62O

Ukraine's first stamp issues, 1918-1920 / by Ingert Kuzych

When a nation begins to issue its own stamps and currency, it announces to its neighbors and to the world that it has arrived. These pieces of paper provide tangible evidence that a new independent state has began to function and is attempting to set up a viable economy. Such was the case during the Ukrainian National Republic's (UNR) first years following the declaration of independence from imperial Russia on January 22, 1918. Unfortunately, the new country was not given a proper chance to develop in peace. Three times Bolshevik armies advanced into Ukraine; finally, as 1920 drew to a close, the occupation was complete.

Despite almost continuous harassment from unsympathetic neighbors, successive Ukrainian governments continuously strove to keep open their communications links, which at this time consisted mostly of the posts and telegraphs. A separate ministry was set up to oversee these forms of communication. Finally, in July of 1918, Ukraine's first stamps were released, a set of five shahy values (Nos. 1-5). They were made from the same plates that had printed perforated cardboard money tokens for the government three months earlier; however, this issue was printed on thin paper and was imperforate (Figure 1). Although the shahy stamps saw widespread and prolonged use, they were insufficient for all postal needs.

On August 20, 1918, an order went out to overprint all Russian stamps - then still widely in use - with the Ukrainian trident emblem. This action helped minimize Russian influence, provided stamps of more denominations, and generated funds for the treasury. (Up until then large quantities of Russian stamps were being brought into Ukraine through private channels. Overprinting with a trident "Ukrainianized" the stamps and protected the Ukrainian treasury from further losses).

After October 1, 1918, all old Russian stamps became invalid without such an overprint. Available for overprinting at that time were 38 different values of the Russian Imperial Coat of Arms Issue, as well as three values of Postal Savings Bank stamps.

Since overprinting could not be done centrally due to ongoing military movements, it was carried out in the six postal regions and at many local post offices. Because the initial directive did not specify how the tridents were to look, postal officials produced designs of their own choosing. So, although only 41 stamp values were ever used (Nos. 6-46), dozens of different trident types were created, resulting in hundreds of unique trident overprinted stamps, some even made by hand (Figure 2). The study and collection of these "classic" trident overprints remains an active area of Ukrainian philately.

On January 20, 1919, an additional stamp was released, a 20-hryvnia high value (No. 47) to be used mostly on postal money transfers (Figure 3). Over the next year and a half, the turbulent conditions in Ukraine did not permit the UNR government to produce any further issues.

By August of 1920 the Ukrainian government found itself operating from the Polish city of Tarnow; it had been driven from Ukraine by Bolshevik armies only a few weeks earlier and in subsequent weeks would undertake a new offensive to regain Ukrainian territories. During this interval, the Ukrainian Ministry for Posts and Telegraphs took stock of its situation and the meager holdings it was able to secure. The most pressing need was for military communication that could be used by servicemen in the forthcoming planned offensive. On August 26, 1920, a field post service was created and new stamp production authorized. Some 13,000 field post stamps were prepared by overprinting the old shahy stamps that the ministry had available: all five shahy stamps received new values of either 10, 20 or 40 hryvni (Nos. 47-62, see Figure 4). Additionally, the 20-hryvnia stamp of 1919 was overprinted to 40 hryvni (No. 63). Only 15 of this latter field post stamp were created (Figure 5) and only two are known to have survived (one used on an envelope and another unused). These two stamps are the rarest in Ukrainian philately.

On the following day, August 27, the Postal Ministry authorized the production of an entirely new stamp series - the first commemorative issue of Ukraine. This series would replace the mishmash of stamps then in use on Ukrainian territories. Thus was born what would come to be known as the Vienna Issue (Nos. 64-77), after the Austrian capital where it was printed.


Scott: #B10O

Issued: 23.9.1995

Third National Philatelic Exhibition, Lviv

Inside #B10: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #265O

Issued: 17.5.1997

National Philatelic Exhibition

Inside #265: Pseudo Stamp Inside #265: Ukraine #235(Y&T #258)O Inside #265: Ukraine #205(Y&T #222)O

World forum 1v Inside #265: Ukraine #137(Y&T #179)O

Freedom from hunger 1v Inside #265: Ukraine #188(Y&T #192)O

Thanks to Attilio Papio

On May 17th, 1997; Ukraine issued a 10 kop stamp commemorating the 4th. National Philatelic Exhibition being held in Cherkassy, from May 17th to 24th, 1997. Previous exhibitions have been held in Ivano-Frankivsk (1992) and Lviv (1995).

The stamp shows the main Exhibition Hall plus the statue of Taras Shevchenko in a park facing the building. In addition, there is a trail of stamps leading from the building to the statue with a magnifying glass on one of the stamps. On the top of the stamp is written the words - 4th. National Philatelic Exhibition. Across the blue sky in white letters is written - "Shevchenko Country - Cherkassy".

Cherkassy oblast was the place where the great Ukrainian poet-laureate Taras Shevchenko was born. He spent spent a good portion of his time in various places throughout the oblast.

(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)


Scott: #299O

Issued: 0.0.1998


Inside #299: Pseudo Stamp on Label


Scott: #319P

Issued: 19.9.1998

World Post Day

Inside #319: Pseudo Stamp

Image of post horn and triangle in which monument of UPU in Bern (Switzerland).


Scott: #381a-bO

Issued: 19.5.2000

International Stamp Exhibitions

"WIPA 2000", Vienna and THE STAMP SHOW 2000", London

#2 for #572 Inside #381a: Austria #2O

GB #1 a Inside #381b: G.B. #1 [R-M]

Visit: The Penny Black Plate project

R-M is a “CINDERELLA“ as the plate letters are in Wrong Positions

Scott: #440O

Issued: 9.10.2001

Dialogue among Civilizations

Inside #440: Pseudo Stamp on Envelope

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert


Scott: #459O

Issued: 1.3.2002

10th Anniversary of Modern Ukrainian Stamps

#100 Inside #459: Ukraine #100P

2003 env

Scott: #???? (post card)O

Issued: 27.8.2003

125th Anniversary of Odessa Zemstvo Post 

 Inside #????: Stamps of Odessa Zemstvo PostO


According to the establishment of the Zemstvo in the middle of the sixties the local administration and the local economical activity has become centered in the districts. The District Zemstvo-Offices at the head of the Zemstvo organization experienced the urgent need of postal communication within the boundaries of the district….

Scott: #????(ENVELOPE)O

Issued: 20.2.2004

125th Anniversary of Priluki Zemstvo Post

 Inside #????: Russia, Priluki Zemstvo local, 1888 (Ch #5)O

(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)


According to the establishment of the Zemstvo in the middle of the sixties the local administration and the local economical activity has become centered in the districts. The District Zemstvo-Offices at the head of the Zemstvo organization experienced the urgent need of postal communication within the boundaries of the district….

Scan not available

Scott: #622O (with designers names)

Issued: 5.1.2006

50th Anniversary of the first Europa stamps

Inside #622: Pseudo Stamp

The first stamp depicts the CEPT logo and the second stamp depicts the 50 year logo


Scott: #623O (without designers names)


Scott: #???-?O

Issued: ??.??.2006

140 years of Verkhnednieprovsk Zemskaja stamp

 Inside #???: Verkhnednieprovsk Zemstvo Post (Ch #1) 1866O

(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)

Rainer's Zemstvo Pages: Intruoduction to Zemstvo Philately (as per the catalog by F.G. Chuchin)

2008 2008A

Scott: #731-2O

Issued: 4.7.2008

90th Anniversary of First Ukrainian Stamps

%231 Inside #731: Ukraine #62O

 Inside #731: Ukraine #63P

Label. Portrait of A. Sereda (1890-1961)

 Inside #732: Ukraine #65O

 Inside #732: Ukraine #66O

 Inside #732: Ukraine #64O

Label. Portrait of G. Narbut (1886-1920)


Scott: #745O

Issued: 3.10.2008

Ukrainian Philatelic Exhibition - Chernovtsi

Inside #745: Pseudo Stamp



Scott: #???O

Issued: 7.10.2008

140th Anniversary of Sumy Zemstvo Post

 Inside #???: Sumy Zemstvo Post stamp, 1872 (Ch #9)O

(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)

 Inside #???: Sumy Zemstvo Post stamp, 1898 (Ch #11)O

(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)


Rainer's Zemstvo Pages: Intruoduction to Zemstvo Philately (as per the catalog by F.G. Chuchin)


Scott: #???O

Issued: 6.3.2009

70th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Carpatho-Ukraine (on March 2, 1939)

#254B Inside #???: Czechoslovakia #254BP

Scott used to list this as a one stamp "country", as a month later; Hungary invaded and occupied the area ending the independence movement.

The Soviet Union invaded in turn in 1944 and the area became part of Ukraine S.S.R.


Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #789-90P

Issued: 22.4.2010

90th Anniversary of First Ukrainian Stamps

ukraine mi I

ukraine mi V

ukraine mi II

ukraine mi VI

Inside #789a-d: Ukraine Michel # IO, VO, IIO, VIO

ukraine mi I

Inside #789 (on label): Mi IO (modified: imperf)

ukraine mi VII

ukraine mi IX

ukraine mi VIII

ukraine mi X

Inside #790 a-d???: Ukraine Michel # VIIO, IXO, VIIIO, XO

ukraine mi X

Inside #790 (on label): Mi XO (modified: imperf)

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #???-?O

Issued: 12.9.2011

90th Anniversary of First Ukrainian Stamps

Inside #???: Ukraine unissued Vienna printings

Mi #IV unissued 1920

Mi #III unissued

Mi #XI unissued

Mi #XII unissued

Mi #XIII unissued

Mi #XIV unissued

These 6 stamps complete the commemoration of the so-called Vienna printing which was prepared but never issued due to the collapse of the Ukrainian government after the Soviet invasion; the other 8 stamps were reproduced on the 2 s/s issued in 2010.

The enlarged stamp in the margin is Mi XIV modified: imperf in changed monocolor.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #????O

Issued: ??.08.2012

90th Anniversary (in 2013), Semi-postal stamps of 1923

 Inside #??? and on margin: Ukraine #B4

 Inside #???: Ukraine #B1

 Inside #???: Ukraine #B3

 Inside #???: Ukraine #B2

Thanks to Lou Guadagno for the IDs and scans

Thanks to Prof. Plinio Richelmi

ukraine     impr env

Scott: #????O

Issued: 16.04.2015

150th Anniversary, Birth of Nicolay Ivasyuk (painter and stamp designer)

ukraine     impr env detail

sos ukraine mi II  1920 sos ukraine mi X  1920

Inside #???: Ukraine # Michel II, X with modified perfs

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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