KRN, PKWN and RTRP overprints

Fischer 344-346 | Michel 386-388 | Scott 345A-345C | Year of issue 1944 | Communist Poland

One of the Goznak issues (see Fischer 342-343) was overprinted for the first anniversary of the National Council (KRN) and the conversion of the Polish Committee of National liberation (PKWN) to the provisional government of the Polish republic (RTRP).

White Piast eagle overprints
(see Fischer 342)


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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.


KRN (Krajowa Rada Narodowa) = National Council of the Country.
PKWN (Polski Komitet Wyzwolenia Narodowa) = Polish Committee of National Liberation.
RTRP (Rząd Tymczasowy Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej) = Provisional Government of the Polish Republic.

Relevant pages

Fischer 342
Fischer III
Fischer 348-357
Fischer 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
State National Council
Polish Committee of National Liberation
Provisional Government of Republic of Poland

344-346 cancelled in Lublin