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Batum

(British Occupation)


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Batum is a port on the Black Sea and is an important oil shipping port.  It was occupied by the Turks on 15 April 1918.  Under the subsequent Armistice signed in Mudros on 30 October 1918 it was agreed that the Turks would withdraw in favor of an Allied occupation force that would take over control of Batum, the Baku oilfields, and the main railway line passing through the region.

British forces arrived in December, and the district (or oblast in Russian) was declared a British military governorship on 25 December, with the last Turks gone by the end of the year.

Mail service was in place by February of 1919.

Scott is believed to cover the stamps issued during the year or so of this occupation in their volume covering countries with the letter "B".  I haven't managed to find any listings in my Russian Michel catalog, but Stanley Gibbons seem to have fairly thorough coverage in a separate section


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S 1-6 MLH, opened for $1.50 and six bidders took up to $12.25 (Aug 00).
S 13-20 MH, opened for $1.50 and seven bidders took up to $15.50 (Aug 00).

S 33? SG29?

eBay described as M and with the disclaimer "I can't prove it is the real thing so priced accordingly".  Opened for $5 and sold at that price.  Listing says Scott values for $50, and SG values at 30 (June 00).

S 36? SG30

eBay described as M and with the disclaimer "I can't prove it is the real thing so priced accordingly".  Opened for $4.50 and sold for that price.  Listing says that Scott values for $45 and SG values at 85 if black overprint and 48 if blue (hard to tell from the image but I think probably blue) (June 00).

S 36 & 37

eBay described as used and signed on back (doesn't say who by).  Opened for $10 and three bidders took up to $16.50 (Aug 01).

S 39? SG32?

eBay described as M and with the disclaimer "I can't prove it is the real thing so priced accordingly".  Opened for $10 and closed with no bids.  Listing says that Scott values for $100 and SG values at 85 (June 00).

S 41? SG33

eBay described as M and with the disclaimer "I can't prove it is the real thing so priced accordingly".  Opened for $4.50 and sold for that price.  Listing says that Scott values for $45 and SG values at 48 (June 00).

S 44? SG37?

eBay described as M and with the disclaimer "I can't prove it is the real thing so priced accordingly".  Opened for $6.50 and sold at that price.  Listing says that Scott values for $65, and if I've identified it correctly SG values at 48 (June 00).

S 47? SG39

eBay described as M and with the disclaimer "I can't prove it is the real thing so priced accordingly".  Opened for $15 and sold for that price.  Listing says that Scott values for $150, and SG values at 325 (June 00).

S 48? SG38

eBay described as M and with the disclaimer "I can't prove it is the real thing so priced accordingly".  Opened for $25 and closed with no bids.  Listing says that Scott values for $250, SG values at 250 (June 00).

 S 55? SG50?

 

 eBay described as M.  Opened for $1 and three people bid to $3.70.  This is a dreadful scan!!!  It almost certainly is one of the "cut" overprint variants referred to in SG, but hard to tell from this scan.  SG values the regular stamp at 13 and cut variants up to 120.  Moral of this story to the seller - spend a bit more time to know your stamp and to scan it better.....(June 00).


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