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Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia: varieties of postage stamps


1 April 1946. Provisional issue. Newly printed stamps of 1945 in changed colors, overprinted with new denomination in letterpress. Printed in sheets of 100. Perforation comb 12½. Valid until 31 December 1951.

CONSTANT VARIETIES ON BASIC STAMPS
8 din on 9 din, orange Field number
I Yugoslavia 1946 8 din on 9 din error JUGOSLAVIJA
9 din, deep plum of 1945
9 din, issue for Zone B (Istria and Slovene Littoral)
Horizontal scratches next to the letter G of JUGOSLAVIJA, to the lower left. 2, 25, 79, 88 (?)

 

TYPES OF OVERPRINTS
2.50 din on 6 din, brick red
I Yugoslavia 1946 postage stamp types: Circular and rectangular dots in overprint Thick overprint with circular dot and thin overprint with rectangular dot.
COLOR TYPES OF OVERPRINTS
2.50 din on 6 din, brick red
I Yugoslavia 1946 provisional postage stamp issue overprint in shiny black color Overprint in shiny black color.

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Shifted overprint. Yugoslavia 1946 postage stamp error: shifted overprint

 

1 August 1946. For construction of railroad Brčko-Banovići. Printed in offset in sheets of 100. Perforation comb 12½. Valid until 31 October 1946.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 White spot on blue colored stripe of Yugoslav flag. Yugoslavia Omladinska pruga stamp error

 

22 September 1946. Centenary from birth of Svetozar Marković. Printed in offset in sheets of 100. Perforation comb 12½. Valid until 22 December 1946.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
1.50 din, green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1946 Svetozar Markovic postage stamp plate flaw cigarette Straight line over Marković’s lower lip (the cigarette flaw). 73

 

8 December 1946. Pan-Slavic Congress in Belgrade. Printed in offset in sheets of 100. Perforation comb 11½. Valid until 8 April 1947.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
1 din, green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 Pan-Slavic Congress postage stamp plate error White dot in the field above letter S in SLAVENSKI. 95
Partially

 

15 January 1947. Definitive issue: partisan motives. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100. Thickness of paper varies. Valid until 31 December 1951.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
2.50 din, red orange Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 partisan woman with flag postage stamp plate flaw dots
Another example
Multiple dots: on letter O, above letter K in DEMOKRATSKA, at the end of the horizontal line in denomination value. ?
II Yugoslavia 1947 partisan woman with flag postage stamp plate wear letters not visible
Another example
Letters VNA in FEDERATIVNA barely visible. ?
3 din, red Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 Jajce postage stamp plate flaw line in letter D Thin white line in letter D. ?
II Yugoslavia 1947 Jajce postage stamp plate flaw dot in letter D White spot in letter D. ?
5 din, dark blue Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 postage stamp flaw: White scratch inside letter L in JUGOSLAVIJA (note variety II on the 3rd stamp: a dot next to numeral 5 on the right White scratch inside letter L in JUGOSLAVIJA. ?
II Yugoslavia 1947 postage stamp flaw: White dot next to the numeral 5 on the right side
Similar example
Issue of 1945 in olive green color
White dot next to the numeral 5 on the right side. ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
2.50 din, red orange
1 White dot between the second letter J in JUGOSLAVIJA and letter N in FEDERATIVNA. Yugoslavia 1947 partisan woman with flag postage stamp error white dot
2 White spot between the rifle and zero in denomination value. Yugoslavia 1947 partisan woman with flag postage stamp plate flaw spot below rifle
3 din, red
1 White dot inside letter G in JUGOSLAVIJA. Yugoslavia 1947 3 din stamp error G in JUGOSLAVIJA
2 White dot connecting I and X in the date. Yugoslavia 1947 Jajce postage stamp plate flaw dot on IX
3 White dot between letters E and M in DEMOKRATSKA. Yugoslavia 1947 Jajce postage stamp plate flaw white dot DEMOKRATSKA
5 din, dark blue
1 First letter E in FEDERATIVNA in form of a white box. Yugoslavia 1947 5 din E in FEDERATIVNA
2 Colored dot on the letter В in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА. Yugoslavia 1947 Jajce postage stamp plate flaw dot on letter B
3 Big white spot on letter Р in ДЕМОКРАТСКА. Yugoslavia 1947 Jajce postage stamp plate flaw white spot over DEMOKRATSKA

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Overinking. Yugoslavia 1947 Jajce postage stamp overinking error

 

8 June 1947. Commemorative issue: 100 years from publishing Gorski Vijenac. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100. Perforation comb 12½. Valid until 7 May 1947.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
1.50 din, dark green and black Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 Gorski Vijenac postage stamp plate flaw above 9 Indentation in top frame above numeral 9 in 1947. 53, 58

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Thin black line between the book and the right frame. Yugoslavia 1947 Gorski Vijenac postage stamp error black line

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Shifted print phases. Yugoslavia 1947 Gorski Vijenac Njegos postage stamp error shifted phases

 

21 April 1947. Airmail stamps. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 70 (10×7). Perforation comb 12:11½. Valid until 31 December 1954.

ENGRAVER’S SIGNS (G stands for Grujić)
0.50 din Location
Yugoslavia 1947 airmail stamp 0.50 din engraver Grujic sign Letter G above letter у in Југославија. All stamps on the left side of the sheet (inscription on top in Latin, on bottom in Cyrillic).
2 din Location
Yugoslavia 1947 airmail stamp 2 din engraver Grujic sign Letter G above letter у in Југославија and u in Jugoslavija. All stamps.
10 din Location
Yugoslavia 1947 airmail stamp 10 din engraver Grujic sign Letter G above letter u in Jugoslavija. All stamps on the right side of the sheet (inscription on top in Cyrillic, on bottom in Latin).

 

TYPES
2 din
I Yugoslavia 1947 2 din airmail stamp setting 1 Yugoslavia 1947 2 din airmail stamp setting 2
Setting I and Setting II
Stamps of this issue were printed in sheets of 70 (10×7). Country name Jugoslavija on top of stamps in the first 5 columns (left side of the sheet) is in Latin on the next 5 columns (right side of the sheet) in Cyrillic. However, one part of circulation of 2 din stamp was printed in the opposite setting: top inscription on the left side of the sheet in Cyrillic and on the right side of the sheet in Latin.

 

15 june 1947. Physical Culture Parade. Printed in offset in sheets of 100. Perforation line 11½. Valid until 14 October 1947.

TYPES
4 din, blue Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 Dan Fiskulturnika postage stamp type Blue dot inside letter А in ДАН. 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70.

 

5 September 1947. Balkan games in Ljubljana. Printed in photogravure in sheets of 100. Valid until 4 December 1947.

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Perforation error: shifted perforation Yugoslavia 1947 Balkan games stamp perforation error Yugoslavia 1947 Balkan games stamp shifted perforation

 

16 September 1947. Commemorative issue: Former Zone B (Istria and Slovene Littoral) becomes a part of Yugoslavia. Printed in sheets of 100. Valid until 15 December 1947.

CONSTANT VARIETIES APPEARING ON BOTH VALUES Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 2 din First letter A in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din First letter A in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged First letter A in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged. 91
II Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 2 din First letter A in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged on top Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din First letter A in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged on top First letter A in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged on top. 55
III Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 2 din First letter J in JUGOSLAVIJA damaged Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din First letter J in JUGOSLAVIJA damaged First letter J in JUGOSLAVIJA damaged. 56
IV Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 2 din First letter J in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din First letter J in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged First letter J in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged. ?
V Yugoslavia 1946 postage stamp flaw: Cyrillic letter L (Л) broken Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din Cyrillic letter L (Л) broken Letter Л in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged. 68 (?)
VI Yugoslavia 1947 postage stamp flaw: Istria Letter U in JUGOSLAVIJA damaged Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din letter U in JUGOSLAVIJA damaged Letter U in JUGOSLAVIJA damaged at the bottom. 12

 

CONSTANT VARIETIES
5 din., brown and olive green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1947 postage stamp flaw: JUGOSLAZIJA instead of JUGOSLAVIJA Damaged Cyrillic letter V (B) looks like Cyrillic letter Z (3): JUGOSLAZIJA instead of JUGOSLAVIJA. ?
II Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din letter i in Jugolsavija cracked Letter И in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА split in the middle. ?
III Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 5 din letter L damaged at the bottom Letter Л in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА damaged at the bottom. 100

 

OTHER CONSTANT VARIETIES
2.50 din., carmine and dark blue Field number
AI Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp error: red phase shifted Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp plate flaw 2 din stamp tilted Red printing phase tilted rotated to the left. 55

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 White dot below the first letter A in JUGOSLAVIJA. Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp error 5 din lower frame damaged
2 Spot above letter I in JUGOSLAVIJA (foreign object on the printing plate). Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp error 5 din
3 Multiple colored circles at the bottom of the image. Yugoslavia 1947 annexation of Zone B stamp error 5 din circles

 

1 April 1948. Fight against Tuberculosis. Printed in offset in sheets of 100. Valid until 31 July 1948.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
2 + 2 din Field number
I Yugoslavia 1948 postage stamp error tuberhuloze plate flaw Letter К in ТУБЕРКУЛОЗЕ deformed, looks like X: ТУБЕРХУЛОЗЕ (the tuberhuloze flaw) ?

 

28 July 1948. Commemorative issue: 80 years of Yugoslav Academy of Science and Arts. Printed in photogravure in sheets of 100. Valid until 31 December 1948.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1.50 + 0.50 din, dark green
1 Thin vertical line next to the denomination value. Yugoslavia 1948 Academy postage stamp error
2.50 + 1 din, brown red
1 Thin horizontal lines over the design. Yugoslavia 1948 Academy of Arts and Sciences postage stamp error

 

28 August 1948. Commemorative issue: Lovrenc Košir, the pioneer of the postage stamp. Sheet: 25 stamps and 25 labels (5 x 10). Valid until 31 December 1948. Stamps printed: 200.000.

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number Entire sheet
I Yugoslavia 1948 Lovrenc Kosir postage stamp plate flaw DJ instead of DU DJ instead of DU in French text on the label, appears on the label under the stamp. 18 Click here

 

8 February 1949. Commemorative issue: centenary of death of Slovene poet France Prešeren. Printed in photogravure in sheets of 50 stamps. Valid until 7 June 1949.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
3 din, dark blue
1 White curvy line on Prešeren’s collar Yugoslavia 1949 France Prešeren postage stamp error collar
2 White spot below numeral 9 in 1849. Yugoslavia 1949 France Prešeren postage stamp error spot

 

8 September 1949. Provisional definitive issue. Stamps of previous issues with partisan motives overprinted with new country name FNR JUGOSLAVIJA / ФНР ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА in black color. Overprint in letterpress. Printed in sheets of 100. Valid until 31 December 1951.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS
3 din on 8 din, orange Field number
I Yugoslavia 1949 postage stamp overprint error Black dot above the last letter A in JUGOSLAVIJA
Another example
Black dot above the last letter A in JUGOSLAVIJA. ?
II Yugoslavia postage stamp overprint flaw
Another example
Letter D to the left from denomination value broken on top. ?
III Yugoslavia 1949 overprint error on postage stamp
Example 2, Example 3
Top canceling bar thinner and deformed, letter F in FNR wider at the bottom. ?

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
3 din on 8 din, orange
1 Dots between letters F and N in FNR. Yugoslavia 1949 partisan woman overprint FNR JUGOSLAVIJA error
10 din on 20 din, orange vermilion
1 Left vertical stroke of letter U in JUGOSLAVIA partially missing. Yugoslavia 1949 postage stamp partisans Yugoslavia postage stamp Back
2 Second letter J in JUGOSLAVIJA shorter on top. Yugoslavia 1949 10 din on 20 din postage stamp overprint error
2 First letter J in JUGOSLAVIJA damaged on top, letter D in denomination open on top. Yugoslavia 1949 partisans stamp overprint FNR JUGOSLAVIJA error

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
3 din on 8 din, orange
1 Offset Yugoslavia 1949 postage stamo overprint offset error Yugoslavia postage stamp error offset
2 Shifted overprint. Yugoslavia 1949 partisan with flag stamp error shifted overprint
10 din on 20 din, orange vermilion
1 Shifted overprint. Shifted overprint on Yugoslavia postage stamp
2 Offset. Yugoslavia 1949 offset error on postage stamp

 

8 December 1949. Definitive issue, provisional. Black overprint FNR JUGOSLAVIJA or ФНР FNR in letterpress. Printed in sheets of 100. Valid until 31 December 1951.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES
3 din, red Field number
I Yugoslavia 1949 postage stamp Damaged A Damaged letter A in JUGOSLAVIJA. ?
II Yugoslavia 1949 Jajce postage stamp error overprint FNR deformed F Letter Ф in ФНР deformed. ?
Other values Field number
I Yugoslavia 1949 partisans postage stamp letter R in overprint damaged Letter R in FNR damaged. ?

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Shifted overprint. Yugoslavia 1949 postage stamp shifted overprint error
2 Underinking. Yugoslavia 1949 postage stamp error underinking of black color in overprint
3 Letters FNR damaged. Yugoslavia 1949 letters FNR in overprint damaged

 

January-February 1950. Provisional issues: newly printed stamps with partisan resistance motives overprinted with FNR Jugoslavija. Printed in sheets of 100. Valid until 31 December 1951.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES on basic stamps (not mentioned in literature)
1 Bottom frame broken to the left. Yugoslavia 1950 Tito stamp broken frame

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Overprint omitted. Yugoslavia 1950 postage stamp Tito missing overprint
2 Offset. Offset error on postage stamp of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1950 postage stamp partisans overprint FNR JUGOSLAVIJA
3 Shifted overprint. Shifted overprint postage stamp of Yugoslavia 1950

 

1950. Definitive issue, Industries of Yugoslavia. Printed in line engraving in sheets of 100. Valid until 15 February 1968.

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Perforation error: shifted perforation. Yugoslavia 1950 industry postage stamp 3 din perforation error Yugoslavia 1950 postage stamp perforation error

 

27 March 1951. Anniversary of street protests against Yugoslavia’s joining the Tripartite Pact. Printed in sheets of 16. Valid until 31 July 1952.

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
3 din, red and red brown
1 Red brown phase shifted downwards
(year 1951 closer to 1941).
Yugoslavia 1951 postage stamp error shifted phases

 

27 April 1951. Celebrating 10 years from the foundation of the Liberation Front in Slovenia. Printed in sheets of 30. Valid until 31 July 1952.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
3 din, red Field number Entire sheet
I Yugoslavia 1951 postage stamp plate flaw dot on letter S in STANE White dot on letter S in STANE. 12 Click here
II Yugoslavia 1951 postage stamp White line behind Franc Rozman Stane's ear. White line behind commander’s ear. 29
5 din, dark blue Field number Entire sheet
I Yugoslavia 1951 postage stamp error Broken numeral 4 and both numerals 9 in both year marks Broken numeral 4 and both numerals 9 in both year marks. 5 Click here

 

16 June 1951. Airmail stamps. Printed in line engraving in sheets of 50, 100 din stamp in sheets of 12. Valid until 15 February 1968.

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Perforation error Yugoslavia 1951 airmail stamp perforation error

 

7-13 July 1951. Commemorative issue: 12th Assembly of International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) in Bled. Printed in sheets of 50. Valid until 31 December 1952.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
3 din, red violet Field number
I Yugoslavia 1951 postage stamp plate flaw colored dot on the slope in front of the building Colored dot on the slope in front of the building. ?

 

27 July 1951. 10 years from popular uprising in Croatia. Printed in photogravure in sheets of 50. Perforation comb 12½. Valid until 31 July 1952.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
5 din, black green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1951 postage stamp smudge connecting letters H and R in HRVATSKOJ Smudge connecting letters H and R in HRVATSKOJ. ?

 

5 June 1952 – 10 February 1953. Definitive issue: Yugoslav industry. Printed in sheets of 100. Valid until 15 February 1968.

TYPES
5 din, orange ocher
I, II Yugoslavia 1952 postage stamp type fishermen Letter A
  • Type I: The last letter A in JUGOSLAVIJA not complete,
  • Type II: The last letter A damaged.

Note: some catalogs classify these stamps as different types, others claim Type I stamp was issued in 1951 in line engraving print while Type II in 1952 in lithography. Stamps with overprint STT-VUJA are of Type II.

15 din, rose carmine
I, II Yugoslavia 1952 postage stamp types of 15 din
  • Type I: Line below the hand,
  • Type II: without the line.

 

6 September 1953. Commemorative issue: 10 years from liberation of Istria and Slovene Littoral. Printed in sheets of 60 stamps. Valid until 31 December 1954.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
15 din, dark green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1953 postage stamp liberation of Istria plate flaw Broken shovel.
See also the issue for Zone B of the Free Territory of Trieste.
?

 

3 October 1954. Celebrating 150th anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising.
Sheet: 25 stamps. Valid until 31 December 1955.

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
70 din, multicolored Field number
I Yugoslavia 1954 postage stamp flaw Serbian Uprising KARAĐORĐF KARAĐORĐF instead of KARAĐORĐE. ?

 

10 July 1956. Commemorative issue: 100 years from birth of Nikola Tesla. Printed in photogravure in sheets of 50 stamps. Perforation line 11½:12½. Valid until 31 December 1957

CONSTANT VARIETIES
15 din, dark carmine brown Field number
I Yugoslavia 1956 Nikola Tesla postage stamp plate error dot by Y Big white dot by У in JУГOCЛABИJA. ?

 

14 October 1956. Commemorative issue: Olympic games in Melbourne. Printed in offset in sheet of 60 stamps. Perforation comb 12½. Valid until 31 December 1957.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
10 din, dark carmine Field number
I Yugoslavia 1956 postage stamp plate error Olympic games Melbourne damaged letter P П
Another example
Damaged letter П in ОЛИМПИCКА. ?

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Foreign objects on printing plate (?): spots above swan’s head and between numerals 5 and 6 of 1956. Yugoslavia Olympic games Melbourne postage stamp error

 

25 May 1960. Fauna of Yugoslavia. Stamps with face values of 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 dinars were printed in sheets of 100, stamps with values of 55, 80 and 100 dinars in sheets of 25. Valid until 30 June 1962.

CONSTANT VARIETIES
100 din, multicolored Field number Entire sheet
I Yugoslavia 1960 postage stamp plate error SUS SGROFA instead SUS SCROFA SUS SGROFA instead of SUS SCROFA. 7 Click here

 

15 May 1961. International conference for nuclear electronics. Printed in combined offset and line engraving technique in sheets of 50. Perforation comb 12½. Valid until 31 July 1962.

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
25 din, gray, blue, carmine
1 Shifted print phases. Yugoslavia 1961 postage stamp error shifted print phases

 

Bibliography


  1. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade), YU ISSN 0351-4447
  2. Michel Südeuropa 2005/2006, Band 2 (2005), Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 3-87858-682-5
  3. Specijalni katalog maraka F.N.R. Jugoslavije, II Izdanje, 1948: Filatelistički savez Hrvatske, 1947.