Catalogue of the Postage Stamps of the PMR - Pridnestrovie - Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublica - Transnistria - ПМР Приднестровье марки Каталог

Catalogue of the Postage Stamps of the PMR

Pridnestrovie - Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublica. Also Known as Transnistria
ПМР Приднестровье марки Каталог

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A Message from the Editor

Catalogue of the Postage Stamps of the PMR.

Niall Murphy

I first came to be a collector of Pridnestrovie stamps through the Moldova route rather then the more usual "Former Soviet Union" way. Having already built up a extensive Moldova collection, I decided to include Pridnestrovie as a regional curiosity.

In my innocence (or arrogance), I did not know what I was letting myself in for. I started with the typical mint "complete" year sets. These were surprisingly difficult to find and even more surprisingly expensive. I persevered eventually I found what I needed at reasonable prices.

Yes, I knew there were some minisheets, a imperforate varieties and probably a hand full of overprint varieties. "No problem", I thought, "I can pick these up later". How wrong I was.

Little is known in the West about Pridnestrovie (or Transnistria as it is most commonly, but incorrectly known), a break-away state from Moldova. Nobody could even agree what it's correct name was. It's actually "Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublica" (formal name) or Pridnestrovie (informal name)  or "PMR" for short. By the way, even some of their own stamps don't have this correct.

From Pridnestrovie, there was a whole new country collection to be acquired, with dozens of varieties, minisheets, imperforates etc. Additionally there were all those "Tiraspol" locals, civil war overprints, "Europa CEPT" issues and totally bogus material.

By the winter of 2005, I realised that I has amassed a very substantial collection for Pridnestrovie. I figured that if I put all the information and scanned images I had, into proper listings, I would have the most comprehensive English language catalogue of this region.

Since I am a professional web designer, I realised that, given the time, I could create a valuable on-line resource for all the world's Pridnestrovie stamp collectors. Any and all interested parties are invited to add their views, comments, feedback and most especially, their information about new, unknown and/or unlisted stamps. If we all co-operate in this, we will be able to produce the definitive listing for this region.

So, it is with great pleasure that I present to you the web site www.PMRstamps.org I hope you find the information listed in here to be useful and accurate. And as I said before, I welcome all comments, opinions and feedback, but most especially, I want your information about new and unlisted material that I have omitted.

I continue to seeking the official approval and technical support of the Pridnestrovie postal authorities for this resource. If successful, I will be able to list planned issues in advance, perhaps with some preview images. Also I may be able to get access to previously unknown material from the post office archives.

Niall Murphy

Editor

PMRstamps.org

February 2011