Tuva's status was
determined by a Mixed Claims Commission in 1926 when it became a
republic within the Soviet Union. In 1944 it was absorbed into the
USSR, and later became the Tuva Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
With the dissolution of the Soviet Union it became a member of the
The stamp shows a map of
Touva nestled between Mongolia and the U.S.S.R. The double circle in
the middle of the stamp marks the location of Kysyl, the capital. The
blue spot between the "O" and "N" of Mongolia is Lake Koso which lies
outside the territory of Tuva. The solid reddish-brown line indicates
the border between Touva and the U.S.S.R.
Unlike many of the
stamps of Taunnu Tuva it is a legitimate postal issue.
The second stamp was issued in
1935 as a "collector's" stamp with no postal value. It shows a map of
the republic, which lies on the Russian-Mongolian border between the
Sayan mountains in the north and the Tannu Ola mountains in the south
between 89º and 100º east and 49º and 53º north. The borders are quite
different from those on the map above.