Postage Stamp - National icebreaker fleet - Nuclear Icebreaker "Arktika" - USSR 1978 - Michel 4809 - my hobby

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Postage Stamp - National icebreaker fleet - Nuclear Icebreaker "Arktika" - USSR 1978 - Michel 4809 - my hobby.

Greetings friends!

I have the impression that I have spent the last three weeks in the ice of the arctic and today is the last day of my business trip, and tomorrow I have to go home lol.

Yes, for the last three weeks I have talked about three interconnected series of postage stamps issued in the USSR in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

These series of postage stamps show us the development of the icebreaker fleet from the time of tsarist Russia and up to 1978, the times of the USSR.

Tomorrow, we will go to a country neighboring the Eurasian continent, to Japan, which, in its own way, is a counterweight to the USSR.

The USSR government shouted about its merits, but, in the end. they gradually began to forget about such a country, and Japan, developed in silence, and reached unprecedented heights in economy and technology.

But, about this, in depth, we will talk tomorrow, and, today, I have to complete the mission, lol, and publish the last postage stamp from series National icebreaker fleet.

This postage stamp features Nuclear Icebreaker "Arktika".

This is another nuclear icebreaker, a thunderstorm of ice and a champion of autonomous navigation in the Arctic cold.

It was launched in 1972, 6 years before the publication of this series of postage stamps.

According to this project, until today, 17 such icebreakers have been built.

Can you imagine how many nuclear reactors are floating on the oceans?

The postage stamp received a face value of 20 kopecks of the USSR.

Today, in principle, you can get 47 US cents for an uncanceled postage stamp, but even canceled postage stamps are not far behind in price.

This is due to the reduced circulation compared to other postage stamps in the series.

Let's take a look at this postage stamp.

Description of the postage stamp:

Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Nuclear Icebreaker "Arktika".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 20 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4809.
Episode release date: December 20, 1978.
Perforation: comb 11½ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 37 x 52 mm.
Printing technology: Photogravure and Recess.
Circulation: 3 900 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.27 - $ 0.47.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.13 - $ 0.24.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Previous postage stamps from this series 1978:

Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Nuclear Icebreaker "Lenin".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 16 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4808.
Episode release date: December 20, 1978.
Perforation: comb 12 x 11½.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Printing technology: Photogravure and Recess.
Circulation: 4 400 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.25 - $ 0.46.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.15 - $ 0.18.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Admiral Makarov".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 12 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4807.
Episode release date: December 20, 1978.
Perforation: comb 11½ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 37 x 52 mm.
Circulation: 4 500 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.22 - $ 0.36.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.12.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Moscow".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 10 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4806.
Episode release date: December 20, 1978.
Perforation: comb 11½ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 37 x 52 mm.
Circulation: 5 200 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.25 - $ 0.33.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.07 - $ 0.13.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Kapitan Belousov".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 6 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4805.
Episode release date: December 20, 1978.
Perforation: comb 12 x 11½.
Postage stamp size: 37 x 52 mm.
Circulation: 6 000 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.18 - $ 0.32.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.07 - $ 0.13.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Vasily Pronchishchev".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 4 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4804.
Episode release date: December 20, 1978.
Perforation: comb 11½ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 7 300 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.13 - $ 0.22.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.04 - $ 0.13.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Previous postage stamps from this series 1977:

Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Lena".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 16 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4619.
Episode release date: July 27, 1977.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 4 000 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.44 - $ 0.66.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.18 - $ 0.20.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Canceled postage stamp

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Siberia" - Tovarishch Stalin.
Denomination of a postage stamp: 14 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4618.
Episode release date: July 27, 1977.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 4 200 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.66 - $ 0.96.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.11 - $ 0.20.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Canceled postage stamp

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Semyon Dezhnev".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 12 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4617.
Episode release date: July 27, 1977.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 6 000 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.12 - $ 0.66.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.12.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Sadko".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 10 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4616.
Episode release date: July 27, 1977.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 6 200 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.12 - $ 0.66.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.12.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Georgiy Sedov".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 6 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4615.
Episode release date: July 27, 1977.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 6 900 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.12 - $ 0.66.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.12.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Clean postage stamp:

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Aleksandr Sibiryakov".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 4 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4614.
Episode release date: July 27, 1977.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 7 500 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.12 - $ 0.66.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.12.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Canceled postage stamp

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Previous postage stamps from this series 1976:

Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Krasin".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 20 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4562.
Episode release date: December 22, 1976.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 3 800 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.12 - $ 0.36.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.2 - $ 0.12.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Canceled postage stamp

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Vladimir Ilich".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 16 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4561.
Episode release date: December 22, 1976.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 37 x 52 mm.
Circulation: 4 300 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.54 - $ 0.71.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.12 - $ 0.24.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Canceled postage stamp

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Fyodor Litke".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 10 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4560.
Episode release date: December 22, 1976.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 5 000 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.47.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.18.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Canceled postage stamp

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Ermak".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 4 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4559.
Episode release date: December 22, 1976.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 37 x 52 mm.
Circulation: 5 900 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.52.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.12.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Canceled postage stamp

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Type: Postage Stamp.
Country: USSR.
Subject: Ice-брэкерс, Ships, History.
Series: National icebreaker fleet.
Name: Icebreaker "Pilot".
Denomination of a postage stamp: 4 kopecks of the USSR.
Michel's catalog code: 4558.
Episode release date: December 22, 1976.
Perforation: frame 12¼ x 12.
Postage stamp size: 52 x 37 mm.
Circulation: 6 500 000.
Estimated price for a clean postage stamp: $ 0.12 - $ 0.52.
Estimated price for a canceled postage stamp: $ 0.06 - $ 0.18.
Photo: original from @barski collection.

Canceled postage stamp

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Important!

  1. Please note that the cost of shipping postage stamps to other countries can be many times more expensive than the postage stamp itself, approximately $ 5.5.

  2. I see that it is not profitable to purchase one postage stamp if, suddenly, you need to replenish your collection. It is always more profitable to purchase the entire series, and, surplus, to change, or sell.

  3. If you decide to buy a postage stamp online, be careful. sometimes sellers use stock images. But this option is unacceptable. You need to see exactly the product that you are buying.

  4. If you are afraid that the postage stamp sellers will want to deceive you, you are doing the right thing, do not doubt it.

  5. To get started with this hobby, buy a good magnifying glass, tweezers with flat and thin edges and a stockbook for postage stamps, they will come in handy.

  6. When buying postage stamps, pay special attention to the back of the postage stamp. The adhesive layer must not be damaged.

  7. There is such an expression - How many people, so many opinions, this also applies to sellers of postage stamps. Each of them believes that his postage stamp is in perfect condition, but only you yourself can find the perfect postage stamp for yourself.

  8. Sometimes, a small, white scrap of paper with a round stamp on it and a number inscribed in the center circle can be a very valuable postage stamp from the days when postage stamps were not printed.

  9. The cost of a postage stamp is determined by supply and demand, but usually in catalogs you can see the estimated cost of a postage stamp in Pounds Sterling.

  10. In terms of quality, postage stamps can be divided into three groups: used postage stamps that were pasted on and removed from the envelope, canceled postage stamps that were canceled at the post office, by order and sent for sale, and clean, uncanceled postage stamps. As you can imagine, these three types of postage stamps, their conditions, greatly affect their value.

To be continued.

You can see the development of the story of my postage stamp collection on my Leofinance blog

I edited a photo in the program PhotoDirector, which I also installed on my smartphone.

Author @barski
Ukraine

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Very nice collection of big ships!
I guess these are no longer in operation nowadays!!

Thank you! Many of these icebreakers continue to serve, one of them, in Ukraine, is assigned to the port of Mariupol.

 last year 

Nuclear icebreakers are totally a USSR and Russia thing.

I remember learning about it a while ago and was amazed by the utility and necessity thereof in the frozen seas.

Thanks for the comment! In the USA, there are also icebreakers, but there are few of them. Sometimes it is more profitable to pay another country to navigate ships in ice than to build your own fleet, if, in this, there is no constant need. Russia has a huge coastline in the Arctic Ocean and icebreakers are needed.