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27th June 1919

Finnish Occupation 1

Aunus 1 to 8
  1-8 xxx

perf 14, no wmk
overprinted by Suomen Leimakonttori

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Finnish stamps overprinted
5 penni green   N1 1      
10p rose   N2 2      
20p orange   N3 3      
40p violet   N4 4      
50p brown   N5 5      
1 markka black and rose   N6 6      
5m black and lilac   N7 7      
10m black and bistre   N8 8      

"Aunus" is the Finnish name for the Russian town of Olonets. Finnish troops occupied the town in April 1919. Finnish stamps cancelled "OLONETS" were first used and then the overprints. Although Russians took back the town after a few weeks, the stamps continued to be used in the area until October 1919.

Sources: ScS, SGP10.

Image from

FI ref: 495 Page credit: NB

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