Note: H._1, H._2, H._3
with SPB are all hemp seals but
HoП._3, with CПБ or SPB are all flax seals.
Rule 3) Every seal with a star * on
the obverse underneath the
inspector name instead of a post number is a hemp seal.
= PD to be Penkovy Dosmotr (Hemp
Inspector) on the obverse of SPB lead hemp seals it
will be confirmed with
a four letter hemp designation ABRH or two letters, a number 1, 2 or 3 and a final letter (usually
H or N) on the reverse. AB1N
(Numbers 6, 9, 12 refer to flax seals .. AB6H, AB9H, AB12H)
seals were introduced from
cater for hemp as the vast majority of
SPB and CПБ seals after 1829 are flax. All
the PiLPD with SPB or CПБ
seals are hemp.
= Penkovy i L'nyanoy Portovy Dosmotr
= Hemp and Flax Port Inspector or "Dockside Inspectors."
Seals dated before 1829 with SPB
or CПБ are