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Zond-series
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This page contains philatelic information on the Zond-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)
Reference images
(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)
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Below is a list of Zond-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Zond (Russia/USSR)
AbkhaziaUnknown f Latin (Mi?)One of MS9 (a-i) with Latin text2008"Zond-5"
AbkhaziaUnknown f Cyrillic (Mi?)One of MS9 (a-i) with Cyrillic text
AbkhaziaUnknown if Latin (Mi?)One of imperforate MS9 (a-i) with Latin text
AbkhaziaUnknown ii Cyrillic (Mi?)One of imperforate MS9 (a-i) with Cyrillic text
Bulgaria3295 (BL174)In (upper-right) margin of MS2 (3295 (a-b))1987"Zond-2"
Bulgaria3295 purpleIn (upper-right) margin of MS2 (3295 (a-b)) with purple margins
Bulgaria3295 purple fdcMS2 with purple margins on FDC
Czechoslovakia1423 (Mi1652)1966Fantasy drawing of a Soviet satellite. The stamp text, "far side of the Moon (1959-1965)", likely refers to Luna-3 (which photographed the far side of the Moon in 1959) and Zond-3 (which took photos of the far side of the Moon in 1965)
Czechoslovakia1423+1426 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Gabon937d (Mi1437)
i937d
One of MS12 (937 (a-l)) (Mi1434-1445)
One of imperforate MS12 (i937 (a-l))
1999"Zond-2"
Gabon937 fdcMS12 on FDC
HungaryC258 (Mi2199A)
iC258 (Mi2199B)

Imperforate
1965"Zond-3" and launch date in text (but Luna-3 depicted)
Malagasy Republic930 (Mi1212)1989"Zond-2"
Malagasy Republic930 ds (BL?)Imperforate deluxe sheet (930)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Zond-PP"
Ras Al KhaimaMi439AOne of strip of 3 (Mi439+445+451)1970"Zond"
Ras Al KhaimaMi439A+445A+451A+452A fdcStrip of 3 on FDC
Romania1803 (Mi2466)1965"Zond-3" (in text only)
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1968"Zond-5" and "Cosmic path Earth-Moon-Earth has been laid!" (in text)
Russia (USSR)3579 (Mi3607)1969"Zond-5" orbiting Moon, (possible) Zond-5 image of Earth
Russia (USSR)3579 fdcStamp and cachet on (1968, Zond-5, airmail) stamped envelope FDC
Russia (USSR)3577-3579 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Russia (USSR)3682 (Mi3709)1969"Zond-7" (in text only); Zond-7 image of Earth
Russia (USSR)3682 fdcStamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)3683 (BL60)Imperforate MS2 (3683 (a-b)) (Mi3710-3711)"Zond-6", "Zond-7"; Zond-7 image of Earth and image of Moon
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on (1968, airmail) stamped envelope1969"Zond-5" and "Cosmic path Earth-Moon-Earth has been laid!" (in text)
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on (airmail) stamped envelope1969"Zond-6" and "Cosmic path Earth-Moon-Earth has been laid!" (in text)
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet (partial reproduction of Russia 3579) on stamped envelope1984"Zond-5" orbiting Moon, (possible) Zond-5 image of Earth
Yemen Arab Republic261D (Mi925)
261k (Mi932)

Imperforate with changed colors
1969"Zond-2"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Zond (Russia/USSR)
1964-04-02: Zond-1
Russia (USSR)1964-04-02 (from cachet)Tartu club(Brown printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped and un-canceled) cover (AA no.18)1Zond-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-04-02Baikonur Karagand Region(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake2) coverZond-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1964-04-02Baikonur Karagand Region(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on (known fake2) coverZond-1 launch
1964-11-30: Zond-2
Russia (USSR)1964-11-30Baikonur Karagand Region(Multi-color printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake2) coverZond-2 launch
1965-07-18: Zond-3
No launch cover images available yet
Zond-3 (anniversaries)
Romania1990-07-18BotosaniCancel and (black and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover25th anniv. Zond-3 launch
1968-03-02: Zond-4
Russia (USSR)1968-03-03Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.201)1Zond-4 launch
Russia (USSR)1968-03-03Tartu(Multi-color printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.201)1Zond-4 launch
Russia (USSR)1968-03-03Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.201)1Zond-4 launch
1968-09-14: Zond-5
No launch cover images available yet
Zond-5 (re-entry)
Russia (USSR)1968-09-22 (from cachet)Tartu club(Multi-color printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped and un-canceled) cover (AA no.207)1Zond-5 re-entry
Russia (USSR)1968-09-22 (from cachet)Tartu club(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped and un-canceled) cover (AA no.207)1Zond-5 re-entry
Russia (USSR)1968-09-28 (late cancel)Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.207)1Zond-5 re-entry
Russia (USSR)1968-09-28 (late cancel)Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.207)1Zond-5 re-entry
1968-11-10: Zond-6
Russia (USSR)1968-11-10Baikonur Karagand Region(Multi-color printed and green rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake2) coverZond-6 launch
Russia (USSR)1968-11-11Tartu(Multi-color printed and orange rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.211)1Zond-6 launch, "Zond-6 start" (in text); also pennant segment3
1969-08-07: Zond-7
Russia (USSR)1969-08-08Baikonur Karagand Region(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake2) coverZond-7 launch
1970-10-20: Zond-8
No launch cover images available yet

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).
2Known 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.
3The word "pennant" usually refers to a tapering flag on a ship or, in North America, a flag identifying a sports championship or team. The word has, however, a particular meaning in the context of early Soviet lunar and planetary spacecraft, which carried small embossed and/or engraved highly durable titanium "plaques" with artwork (done in thermoresistant polysiloxane enamels) and information related to the Soviet Union (USSR) and to the mission. Those small plaques are referred to as "pennants". A few dozen of each type were minted, some of which were installed in the spacecraft, while others were given to VIPs and top scientists. The Luna-1 and Luna-2 pennants were unusual in that they were small spheres constructed of pentagonal pennant segments. Filled with liquid and an explosive charge, they were designed to explode on impact and scatter the pennant segments. Most of the Soviet Venera and Mars spacecraft also carried pennants. The Zond-6 cover shows a pentagonal pennant in its cachet. It may well have carried such a pennant but the authors have not been able to find any independent confirmation of this. More information on Soviet spacecraft pennants can be found here.


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