First Lithuanian Stamps

2019-05-25 Sat

The first Lithuania stamps were produced in December 1918.

During the 14th Century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest country in Europe, stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, encompassing the present-day countries of Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia. Following the Russian Revolution, in 1918, Lithuania declared its independence.

The postal service of the Post-World-War I republic urgently required new definitive postage stamps, so perforated type-set stamps were quickly produced in Vilnius and Kaunas.These first definitive stamps were printed in sheets of twenty, and they were except he outside borders of the sheets were not perforated, so there are only six stamps in each of the sheets that are perforated all the way around.

The stamps were issued with the denominations ranging from 10 Lithuanian groats to 50 Lithuanian groats. The stamps are printed on plain off-white paper in black ink. The stamps show a design of lines of circle with the name of the country and the denomination value in the centre.

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