The Goznak issues

Fischer 342-343 | Michel 383a, 383b and 384 | Scott 344a and 345 | Year of issue 1944 | Communist Poland

(red brown)
White Piast eagle
on the tomb of king Bolesław III Krzywousty
in the cathedral in Płock
Monument in Kraków
for the Battle of Grunwald


Goznak is a monopolist in producing Russian postage stamps.
The eagle is the coat of arms of Poland.
Piast was the legendary founder of the Polish royal line. Piast was the chief of the Polonians, Slavic tribes who settled on the Warta river banks near present-day Poznań. He united the surrounding tribes into a single political unit. The term Piast was later used for all Polish (as opposed to foreign) candidates for the Polish throne. During the years 966-1370, the Polonians were ruled by the Piast dynasty.
The Battle of Grunwald was one of the most important European medieval battles. In 1410, the combined Polish-Lithuanian army, commanded by king Władysław Jagiełło, successfully opposed the Teutonic Knights under the command of Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen. The defeat of the Teutonic Knights broke the back of the Order's expansionist ambitions and paved the way for a series of peace treaties. The battlefield lies about 20 km south of the village Olsztynek. Tannenberg is the Prussian name for Grunwald.

Relevant pages

Fischer III
Fischer 344-346
Fischer 348-357
Fischer 375-376
Fischer 417
Fischer 441-442
Find other Polish stamps depicting the Polish eagle


Coat of arms of Poland
Piast Dynasty
Bolesław III Krzywousty (Boleslaus the Wrymouth)
Old-catholic Mariavite Church - Cathedral in Płock
Battle of Grunwald (Wikipedia)
Battle of Grunwald (
Grunwald monument in Kraków
Heritage sites in Europe - Grunwald monument in Kraków. Kraków


Imperforated issue


Fischer 342 minisheets (top and bottom half)

Fischer 343 minisheets (top and bottom half)