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Category:   1918-1940 Postals   Group:    Liberation of Latgale


50 Kap. 1 Rublis
10 Rubli Over 20 Rubli Over. 30 Rubli Over. 50 Rubli Over. 100 Rubli Over.


    In June/July 1919 the advance of the national Latvian forces in Vidzeme had come to a standstill on a line approximately VILAKA-LIVANI, and subsequently the remaining part of Soviet Latvia consisted of the Districts of Daugavpils, Rezekne, Kudza and Vilani.  On January 3rd, 1920 the joint forces, consisting of the National Latvian Army, the Baltic-German Home Guards (Landeswehr), and three Polish Divisions attacked the Soviet Latvian front, conquered Daugavpils and advanced to Drissa.  On January 13th 1920 the Soviet Latvian Government terminated it existence.

    To commemorate the liberation, the Postal Administration of Latvia issued on March 24th 1920 a 1 Rublis stamp, and on March 25th a 50 Kapeikas stamp of identical design.  Proofs of a 35Kap. denomination are known, but no stamps were issued because of advancing inflation.  Because of this reason the 50Kap. stamps in May/June were overprinted with new denominations of 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 Rubli, and the original denomination made illegible.

    The stamps show Mother Latvia with two of her children, Vidzeme and Kurzeme, welcoming her third child - Latgale.  Each child has on its forehead a star - the symbol for a province of Latvia.  In the upper left and right corners three stars appear jointly, symbolizing the united Latvia.

    The stamps were printed on the backs of half sheets of the Bermont 10 Mark notes.  On the reverse side the German language printed side of the banknote appears - brown and green.  Due to the size of the banknote printing sheet, a layout of the stamps of 9 x 12 = 108 stamps per sheet resulted.


Denomination Date of issue Quantity of Sheets
50 Kapeikas March 25th, 1920 18,630
1 Rublis March 24th, 1920 9,259

    The stamps were valid for postage until May 1st, 1922
   The 10 and 20 Rubli overprints were valid for postage till May 1st, 1922.
   The 30, 50, 100 Rubli stamps were valid for postage till June 1st, 1927