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Category:   1918-1940 Postals   Group:    The Coat of Arms issues

   

The sun design stamps were meant to be the first definitive stamp issue, but due to the critical military and political situation of that time their use was limited and the stamps were of a provisional nature.

    After the Latvian Parliament had approved the State Coat of Arms on June 15th, 1921, it was subsequently used by Professor Zarins, Director of the Government Printing Works, as the design of the definitive stamps.  They remained valid for postage except for a short interruption under Soviet rule, till October 1, 1941.

    Three different basic stamps groups with very distinct features may be distinguished:

  •  Denomination in Kapeikas and Rubli, paper watermark - wavy lines
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  •  Denomination in Santimi and Lats, paper watermark - wavy lines
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  •  Denomination in Santimi and Lats, paper watermark - swastikas
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Of each of the three groups two design configurations exist:

  •     Small Coat of Arms, design size 19.5 x 25 mm, up to 40 Rubli / 50 Santimi
  •     Large Coat of Arms, design size 27.5 x 27.5 mm, 50 and 100 Rubli, 1 to 10 Latu

Printings:  See detail page.