International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Ukraine

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Ukraine[edit]

  • After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 the constituent countries, including Ukraine, returned to their former separate and independent status. Soviet inscribed stamps (“CCCP”) continued to be used without alteration for many years. (See UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS for these issues.) Catalogued in this section are stamps inscribed “УКРАЇНИ”, “УКРАЇНА” or are without country inscription but have a Ukrainian town mark.
  • The stamps are grouped according to appearance:
A - Provisional issues without country inscription.
B - Frank is octagon
C - Frank is rectangle
PO - Special stamps generated only in Post Offices

NOTE: Town marks for Ukraine are of three types, single circle with bars above and below date, broken inner circle with frame around date, and double circle with inner circle flat on the bottom. These are respectively designated SC, BIC, and DC in this section.


GROUP A: Provisional issues without country inscription in the frank[edit]

* Some of the stamps in Group A are inscribed "CCCP" and would appear to be stamps of the Soviet Union. These stamps were altered in some way, usually with the removal of the Soviet denomination indicator "K" (for kopek), and were first used after the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991.



Ukraine stamp type A1A.jpg
Ukraine stamp type A1B.jpg



A1. Kuibyshev (MV).

As USSR Type DA3 but with the "K"s removed from the sides.
Upright octagon with double-line outer border and “ПОЧТА / CCCP” below value box.
A. Star at top of frank is solid containing a negative hammer & sickle
B. Star at top of frank is outlined containing a positive hammer & sickle
TM: BIC with Soviet markings "CCCP" above hammer & sickle at top
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Ukraine stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Kuibyshev (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type A1 but blank at top and sides and “ПОЧТА” alone at bottom.
Value and date figures horizontal.
TM: BIC with Soviet markings "CCCP" above hammer & sickle at top
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Ukraine stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Perm (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As USSR Type DB1 but frank is blank at bottom.
Frank with single line outer border and inner box around value figures.
Hammer and sickle in star at top.
“ПОЧТА” and “CCCP” stacked at sides.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: BIC with Soviet markings "CCCP" above hammer & sickle at top
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Ukraine stamp type A4.jpg


A4. Kuibyshev (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As USSR Type DB2 but frank is blank at bottom.
Date and value figures horizontal.
TM: BIC with Soviet markings "CCCP" above hammer & sickle at top
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Ukraine stamp type A1.jpg


A5. Perm (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Upright octagon with single-line outer border and “ПОЧТА” stacked at left.
Blank at top, right and bottom.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
The country name "УКРАЇНА" appears in the town mark but not in the frank.
TM: DC
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GROUP B: Frank is upright octagon[edit]


Ukraine stamp type B1A.jpg
Ukraine stamp type B1B.jpg



B1. Perm (MV).

Ukrainian national symbol at top, “ПОШТА” stacked at left, and “УКРАЇНИ” stacked at right.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
A. Symbol at top without border
B. Symbol at top is within a shield
TM: SC, BIC
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NOTE: Variations in size and shape of the frank are known.






Ukraine stamp type B2A.jpg
Ukraine stamp type B2B.jpg



B2. Kuibyshev (MV).

As Type B1B but date and value figures are horizontal.
A. Large frank with large inscriptions
B. Small frank with small inscriptions
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type B3.jpg


B3. Perm (MV).

As Type B2 but blank at top.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: BIC
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Ukraine stamp type B4.jpg


B4. Perm (MV).

As Type B3 but with “ПОШТА” at left and “УКРАЇНА” at right.
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type B5.jpg


B5. Perm (MV).

Frank with a large dot at top and another at bottom.
“ПОШТА” at left and “УКРАЇНИ” at right.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type B6.jpg


B6. Perm (MV).

Post horn at top, “KOП" at bottom.
“ПОШТА” at left, and “УКРАЇНИ” stacked at right.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: BIC
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Ukraine stamp type B7.jpg


B7. Perm (MV).

As Type B6 but with town name “ЧЕРНIГIВ” at bottom.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type B8.jpg


B8. Kuibyshev (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank with double line frame and without inner box around value figures.
Date and value figures horizontal.
“ПОШТА” at top, and “УРАЇНИ” at bottom.
This appears to be an error, with “K” omitted from “УКРАЇНИ”.
Blank at sides.
TM: BIC
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GROUP C: Frank is rectangle[edit]


Ukraine stamp type C1.jpg

C1. Perm (MV).

Frank with simulated perforation outer border and inner box around value figures.
“ПОШТА” at top, and “УКРАЇНИ” at bottom.
Blank at sides.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: BIC, DC
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Ukraine stamp type C2A.jpg
Ukraine stamp type C2B.jpg


C2. Perm (MV).
Post horn at top, “УКРАЇНИ” stacked at left, and “УКРАЇНИ” stacked at right.
A. Blank at bottom
B. “KOП.” at bottom
TM: SC, BIC
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NOTE: Stamps of this type are known applied to tape rather than directly to the cover. Such stamps can have narrow spacing and also with TM inverted, sometimes on the same cover with a normal stamp. The frank and town mark on tape may have been applied in separate passes. The image of C2A is an example of this.





Ukraine stamp type C3.jpg


C3. Perm (MV).

Similar to Type C2 but the frank is much larger.
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type C4.jpg


C4. Kuibyshev "MM-48" (MV).

As Type C1 but date and value figures horizontal.
TM: BIC, DC
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Ukraine stamp type C5A.jpg
Ukraine stamp type C5B.jpg


C5. Unidentified, probably Perm.

Frank has straight frame lines at the sides and simulated perforations at the top and bottom.
“ПОШТА” reads up at left, and “УКРАЇНИ” reads up at right.
Date and value figures are also vertical reading up.
A. Seven "perforation holes" at top and bottom of frank
B. Six "perforation holes" at top and bottom of frank, and with smaller inscriptions
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type C6A.jpg

C6. Unidentified, probably Perm.

As Type C5B but with different inscriptions.
"УКРАЇНА" and meter number reading up at left, "UKRAINE" reading up at right.
Meter number with "КП" prefix.
The value figures are a little larger than with Type C5.
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type C7.jpg


C7. Unidentified, possibly Kuibyshev.

Horizontal, straight-line rectangle with panels at top and bottom.
"УКРАЇНА" in top panel, "UKRAINE" in lower panel above the meter number which breaks the bottom frame line.
TM: SC
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Ukraine stamp type C8.jpg

C8. Unidentified, probably Perm.

Similar to Types C5 and C6 but with straight frame lines all around and with panels at left and right.
"УКРАЇНА" reading up in left panel, "UKRAINA" reading up in right panel.
Meter number without prefix breaks right frame line.
The value figures are small, like with C5.
TM: DC
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NOTE: Despite the unusual direction of their inscriptions Types C5, C6, and C8 have the TM left of the frank, not above it. This is how the stamps appear on covers.






GROUP PO: Postage stamps generated only by special Post Office meters[edit]


Ukraine stamp type PO1.jpg


PO1. Onega (MV).

Frameless, text-only frank applied to tape, never directly to cover.
Date at top above town line, meter identification, and value figures with transaction number at bottom.
Town name “КИЕВ —100” and meter number “KACCA 01” seen.
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Ukraine stamp type PO2.jpg


PO2. UIskra "341" (MV).

Frameless design on tape as Type PO1 but without town line and meter identification.
Date is right justified, and bottom line with transaction number at left.
Value figures at center and additional number (machine ID?) at right.
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NOTE: Metal hand stamp impressions that strongly resemble meter stamps are used to frank mail in the Ukraine. They were probably made by the same factory in Perm that manufactured most of the country's meters. These hand stamps are always found without town mark and are nearly always applied on tape or label rather than directly to the cover. Such conditions occasionally apply to true meter stamps (see Type C2) and thus are not a foolproof means of differentiating the meter stamps from the hand stamps.





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