Elektron-1

Elektron-series
satellites

Elektron-2
Elektron-1/3 typeElektron-2/4 type

This page contains philatelic information on the Elektron-series satellites. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Elektron
(Russia/USSR)
Elektron (Russia/USSR) Elektron
(Russia/USSR)
Elektron (on other than Elektron launch covers)


Below is a list of Elektron-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Elektron (Russia/USSR)
BeninUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2016"Ekektron"-2/4 type
BeninUnknown fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 45173 (Mi4494), from strip of 51995Elektron-1
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 45203 (Mi4497), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 57323 (Mi5903), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 57333 (Mi5904), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 5987 (Mi6180), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 6066 (Mi232), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 6067 (Mi251), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068A (Mi268), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2693 overprinted on 4x Russia 6110 (Mi314), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 45173 (Mi4494), from strip of 51995Elektron-2
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 45203 (Mi4497), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 57323 (Mi5903), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 57333 (Mi5904), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 5987 (Mi6180), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 6066 (Mi232), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 6067 (Mi251), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068A (Mi268), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalCuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 6110 (Mi314), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdc1Cuba 2693 and Cuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 5732 and 4x Russia 4520 on FDC1995(As above for stamps)
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdc2Cuba 2693 and Cuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 and 4x Russia 6110 on FDC(As above for stamps)
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdc3Cuba 2693 and Cuba 2694 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068A and 4x Russia 5733 on FDC(As above for stamps)
Cambodia781 (Mi859)1987Elektron-2/4 type2
ChadUnknown (Mi?)In (lower-left and right) margins of MS4 (a-d)2011Elektron-2/4 type2
Cuba1287 (Mi1356)1967"Elektron-1", "Elektron-2"
Cuba1282-1283+1287-1288 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Cuba1289a (BL30)One of simulated-perforation MS8 (1282-1289)
Cuba1289a fdcMS8 on FDC
Cuba2135 (Mi2211)Stamp-on-stamp: Poland 822 (Mi1062)1977Elektron-2/4 type2
Cuba2693 (Mi2844)1984"Elektron-1"
Cuba2694 (Mi2845)"Elektron-2"
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Elektron"-1
Korea (North)1243 (Mi1285)1974"Elektron-1", "Elektron-2"
Korea (North)1446 (Mi1492A)
i1446 (Mi1492B)

Imperforate
1976Elektron-1/3 type1
Korea (North)4868 label2 (BL728 label2)Label2 from MS2 (4868 (a-b + 2 labels))2009Elektron-2/4 type
Laos703 (Mi908)1986Elektron-2/4 type2 (or Luna-3 ?)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (right) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Elektron-1"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
MongoliaC33j (Mi738)One of MS12 (C33 (a-l))1972"Elektron-2"
Mongolia726 (BL32)In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (726 (a-c))1973Elektron-2/4 type2
Nicaragua1659 (Mi2821)1987Elektron-2/4 type2
Poland1296 (Mi1558)1964"Elektron-2"
PolandNoneCachet on cover1971Elektron-2
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1961"Elektron-2"
Russia (USSR)3274 fdc (Mi3296 fdc)Cachet on FDC1966Elektron-2/4 type2
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet from (un-stamped and un-canceled) envelope1971"Elektron-2"
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1972Elektron-2/4 type2
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card1974Elektron-2/4 type2

1Elektron-1 and Elektron-3 are basically identical.
2Elektron-2 and Elektron-4 are basically identical.
3See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.


Below is a list of Elektron-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Elektron (Russia/USSR)
1964-01-30: Elektron-1 and Elektron-2
Russia (USSR)1964-01-30Baku(Black and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverElektron-1/2 launch (propaganda depiction)
Russia (USSR)1964-01-30 (from cachet)Tartu club(Brown printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped and un-canceled) cover (AA no.14)1Elektron-1/2 launch; also IQSY
Russia (USSR)1964-01-30Archangelsk(Printed) cachet on coverElektron-1/2 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-01-30Archangelsk(Printed) cachet (different) on coverElektron-1/2 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-01-30Archangelsk(Printed) cachet (different) on coverElektron-1/2 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-01-30Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake3) coverElektron-1/2 launch
Elektron-1 and Elektron-2 (anniversaries)
Romania1999-01-30PloestiCancel and (black printed) cachet on cover35th anniv. Elektron-1/2 launch
1964-07-10: Elektron-3 and Elektron-4
Russia (USSR)1964-07-11 (from cachet)Tartu club(Blue printed and brown rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped and un-canceled) cover (AA no.29)1Elektron-3/4 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-07-11Archangelsk(Printed) cachet on coverElektron-3/4 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-07-11Archangelsk(Printed) cachet (different) on coverElektron-3/4 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-07-11Archangelsk(Printed) cachet (different) on coverElektron-3/4 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-07-11Archangelsk(Printed) cachet (different) on coverElektron-3/4 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-07-11Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Purple and red printed and green rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on (known fake3) coverElektron-3/4 launch
Elektron (on other than Elektron launch covers)
Russia (USSR)1967-10-18Moscow(Printed) cachet on Venera-4 event coverElektron-2/4 type2

1AA no. = Tartuski Klub Kollektsionerov (TKK) [Tartu Collector Club] "Astronautika Annaalid" number. See Jim Reichman's Philatelic Study Report on Tartu Space Club Covers, 1962-1978, 2011. (e-mail: jgreichman (at) datawest.net).
2Elektron-2 and Elektron-4 are basically identical.
3Known fake cover, with a made-up Baikonur postmark, suspected to have been created by Boris Khoroshev from Moscow, and sold by a stamp dealer in Western Europe. There were no Baikonur Cosmodrome official postmarks until 1975 for the Apollo-Soyuz events. Reference the article written by Russian collector Oleg Vaisberg published as an Appendix called "Russian (Soviet) Space Covers" to Bruce Cranford's book Space Covers: Dictionary and Identifier. See also, an analysis of the situation in a book published in 2008 called Commemorative Space Covers from Collector Clubs of the Soviet Union, 1957 to 1980. Another indicator on these fakes is the use of a "first day" cachet that appears on most, but not all, of these fakes.


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