Provisional issues of the Independent State of Croatia


The first provisional issues for the Independent State of Croatia were issued 6 days after the invasion of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia by the Axis powers in 1941 and 5 days before an an armistice was signed.

Provisional issues consisted of overprinted stamps of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. These stamps were valid until February 15th, 1943, although the whole stock was used by the mid of 1942.

All provisional issues were valid until 15 February 1943 when they were demonetized by a single state decree.

 

List of varieties


12 April 1941. The first provisional issue. King Peter II overprinted with inscription NEZAVISNA DRŽAVA HRVATSKA and 6 vertical lines over old country name.

Stamps of the 1939/40 definitive issue of postage stamps of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, bearing the effigy of King Peter II, overprinted with new country name in black color. The overprinting was done by Zemaljska tiskara in Zagreb in letterpress.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS Field number
I Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Left side of the second letter A in HRVATSKA damaged. 1.50 din Left side of the second letter A in HRVATSKA damaged. 41
II Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Bottom horizontal stroke of letter E in NEZAVISNA broken, diacritical sign on letter Ž in DRŽAVA almost flat. Another example Bottom horizontal stroke of letter E in NEZAVISNA broken, diacritical sign on letter Ž in DRŽAVA almost flat. ?
III Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Lower left part of letter K in HRVATSKA thinner. Lower left part of letter K in HRVATSKA thinner. 68
IV Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Upper left part of letter K in HRVATSKA broken on top. 3 din
5 din
5.50 din
Upper left part of letter K in HRVATSKA broken on top. 5, 28
V Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Top serif of letter N in NEZAVISNA missing. 0.50 din Top serif of letter N in NEZAVISNA missing. ?
VI Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Right vertical stroke of letter N in NEZAVISNA damaged on top. Right vertical stroke of letter N in NEZAVISNA damaged on top. 75
VII Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Letter Z in NEZAVISNA damaged at the lower left side, serif on the fourth vertical column covering old country name broken on top twice. 1.50 din Letter Z in NEZAVISNA damaged at the lower left side, serif on the fourth vertical column covering old country name broken on top twice. 27

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 First letter A in NEZAVISNA broken on the left. Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw First letter A in NEZAVISNA broken on the left.
2 Second serif of the last letter A in NEZAVISNA missing. Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Second serif of the last letter A in NEZAVISNA missing.
3 The fifth vertical line covering old country name broken at the bottom. Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw The fifth vertical line covering old country name broken at the bottom.
4 Letter K in HRVATSKA broken in the middle. (On the same field as the flaw on the basic stamp “Frame below letter D of DIN. broken”.) Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Letter K in HRVATSKA broken in the middle.
5 Left vertical stroke of the second letter N in NEZAVISNA broken. Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Left vertical stroke of the second letter N in NEZAVISNA broken.
6 Letter V in NEZAVISNA damaged in the middle. Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Letter V in NEZAVISNA damaged in the middle.

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 The first letter A in DRŽAVA missing. Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw The first letter A in DRŽAVA missing.
2 Shifted overprint. Independent State of Croatia postage stamp overprint flaw Shifted overprint.

 

21 April 1941. The second provisional issue. King Peter II overprinted with inscription NEZAVISNA DRŽAVA HRVATSKA and coat of arms in black color.

Stamps were printed in sheets of 100 (10 x 10) and overprinted in letterpress by Zemaljska tiskara in Zagreb using two forms. Overprinting started on 19th of April and lasted for two weeks. Overprint was designed by Radoslav Horvat and produced by Božidar Kocmut.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number Sheets of stamps
I Croatia 1941 stamp overprint flaw Circle between E and D Little circle between letters E of NEZAVISNA and D of DRŽAVA. 29th stamp, first form, only on values: 0.25, 0.50, 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 20 and 30 dinars
II Croatia 1941 stamp overprint flaw retouching 1.50 din
4 din
8 din
12 din
5.50 din
20 din
The first retouching of overprint to remove the circle between letters E of NEZAVISNA and D of DRŽAVA. Parts of the circle still visible on letters E and D. 29th stamp, first form
III Croatia 1941 provisional stamp issue overprint error Broken outer line of the coat of arms on the right Broken outer line of the coat of arms on the right. 30th stamp, second form
IV Croatia 1941 provisional stamp issue overprint error Black dot between letters R and Ž in DRŽAVA. 0.25 din (5th stamp on the fragment) Black dot between letters R and Ž in DRŽAVA. 12th stamp, first form
V Croatia 1941 provisional stamp issue overprint error letter D damaged Letter D in DRŽAVA damaged on the left. 81st stamp
IV Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error N in NEZAVISNA deformed
Another example on 16 din stamp
The first letter N in NEZAVISNA deformed. ?
SHEETS OF STAMPS
The second form:
0.25 din

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES
1 Letter D in DRŽAVA partially thin. Croatia 1941 provisional stamp issue overprint error letter D thin
2 Dot between letters N and A in NEZAVISNA. Croatia 1941 postage stamp dot between n and a in nezavisna
3 Smudge between letters N and A in NEZAVISNA. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint flaw spot between N and A in NEZAVISNA
4 Upper right corner of letter Ž in DRŽAVA chipped. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Ž in DRŽAVA damaged
5 Eight colored filed in coat of arms damaged, frame near by broken. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error coat of arms damaged
6 The second letter A in NEZAVISNA damaged in the middle. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error A in NEZAVISNA damaged
7 The first letter N in NEZAVISNA almost completely missing. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error N in NEZAVISNA almost missing
8 The last letter A in HRVATSKA deformed. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error A in HRVATSKA deformed

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
A Vertically shifted overprint. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Vertically shifted overprint Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Vertically shifted overprint Croatia 1941 postage stamp shifted overprint
B Double overprint.
Recorded on values 1, 1.50 and 3 din.
Croatia 1941 postage stamp double overprint
C Underinking of overprint. Croatia 1941 provisional stamp issue overprint error color
D Offset error.
Recorded on values 0.25, 0.50, 1, 1.50, 3, 5.50 and 12 din.
Croatia 1941 postage stamp error offset
E Poorly impressed overprints. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Poor impression Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error impression Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error partially missing

10 May 1941. The third provisional issue, for Croatian Home Guard. King Peter II overprinted with inscription NEZAVISNA DRŽAVA HRVATSKA, coat of arms and date 10. IV. 1941 in red or blue color.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Damaged zero in date-mark Damaged zero in date-mark 36

 

16 May 1941. The fifth provisional issue. King Peter II overprinted with inscription NEZAVISNA DRŽAVA HRVATSKA and new value in oval circle in black color.

Printed in sheets of 100.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Large diacritical sign on the letter Ž in DRŽAVA (stamp in the middle) Large diacritical sign on the letter “Ž” in “DRŽAVA” (stamp in the middle). Appears only on 3/1 din stamp, fields: 9 and 66
II Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error White spot in the medallion on the left side of the numeral 1 White spot in the medallion on the left side of the numeral 1. Appears only on 3/1 din stamp, field: 70
III Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Spot on the letter N in NEZAVISNA Spot on the letter “N” in “NEZAVISNA”. Appears only on 3/1 din stamp, field: 100
IV Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Overprints not in line, as the fifth form in the last row is placed a bit lower Overprints not in line, as the fifth form in the last row is placed a bit lower. 95
SHEETS OF STAMPS
1 din on 3 din.
2 din on 4 din.

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White dot on the top of the letter “S” in “NEZAVISNA”. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error White dot on the top of the letter S in NEZAVISNA
2 White spot in the medallion on the right. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error White spot in the medallion on the right
3 White spot in the medallion on the left. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error White spot in the medallion on the left
4 Letters N and A in NEZAVISNA connected by a dot. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error N and A in NEZAVISNA connected

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Horizontally shifted overprint. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Shifted overprint
2 Vertically shifted overprint. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error vertically shifted overprint

 

26 April 1941. Postage dues. Yugoslav stamps overprinted with black overprint in letterpress NEZAVISNA DRŽAVA HRVATSKA and coat of arms.

The last issue of postage dues of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia without inscription Д.ВАГНЕР below the bottom frame. Postage dues were printed in sheets of 100, to access the list of varieties on basic stamps click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. The overprint was designed by Božidar Kocmut, stamps were overprinted by State printing works in Zagreb.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Croatia 1941 postage dues overprint error Letter D in DRŽAVA thin 1 din Letter D in DRŽAVA thin. ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES
1 The lowest black checkered field in the coat of arms partially not filled with color. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error the lowest field in coat of arms not filled with color
2 Vertical line of letter D in DRŽAVA thin. Croatia 1941 postage dues overprint error: Vertical line of letter D in DRŽAVA thin
3 Second letter N in NEZAVISNA damaged. Croatia 1941 postage dues overprint error ter N in NEZAVISNA damaged
4 Letter T in HRVATSKA broken. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error letter T in HRVATSKA broken
5 Colorless spot in the middle of the vertical stroke of letter T in HRVATSKA broken. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error letter T n HRVATSKA damaged

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Vertically shifted overprint. Croatia 1941 stamp overprint error Vertically shifted overprint on postage due stamp

 

17 May 1941. Postage dues of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia overprinted with black overprint in letterpress NEZAVISNA DRŽAVA HRVATSKA FRANCO in circle.

Printed in sheets of 100.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Not available Damaged letter R in FRANCO (FBANCO).
Appears only on values 0.50, 5 and 10 din.
82
SHEETS OF STAMPS Field number
2 din (without variety).

 

Bibliography


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  2. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade). YU ISSN 0351-4447