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German Occupation of Serbia


5 June 1941 Provisional issue, newly printed definitive set King Peter II, with colored network and diagonal overprint SERBIEN from upper left to lower right.

Printed in letterpress by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation comb 12½. Printed in sheets of 100. Valid until 28 February 1943.

Coincidental varieties
6 din, slate blue
A Network partially missing on the left side. Network partially missing on the left side.

 

1 September 1941 Provisional issue, newly printed definitive set King Peter II, with colored network and diagonal overprint SERBIEN from lower left to upper right.

Printed in letterpress by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation comb 12½. Printed in sheets of 100.
Valid until 28 February 1943.

Constant varieties on stamps
2 din, deep magenta Field number
I Plate error on original stamp: Earring Earring
Note: exists also on original issue of Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 1939
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22 September 1941 For refugees and reconstruction of Smederevo.

Designed by S. Grujić, printed in offset by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation 11½ : 12½. Printed in sheets of 100. 102.000 complete sets were printed.

Constant varieties
1 + 2 din, dark green Field number
I Constant variety on stamp: Letter Г in designers mark missing (stamp on the right) Letter Г in designers mark missing 100
2 + 4 din, dark blue Field number
I Constant variety on stamp: Additional door on the tower in the center Additional door on the tower in the center 83

 

Constant varieties on souvenir sheets

1 + 49 din and 2 + 48 din Souvenir sheet
I Plate error: Red dot on numeral 4 in 1941 (on label) Red dot on numeral 4 in 1941 (on label) Note: for better viewing right click on the link, open in new tab or window and zoom in.
Souvenir sheet with variety I

5 December 1941 For prisoners of war.

Designed by LJ. Čučaković after the fresco from Monastery of St. Panteleimon near Nerez. Printed in offset by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation comb 11½. Printing sheet consisted of 50 stamps which were then split in two postal sheets. Valid until 5 April 1942.

Types

Stamps were issued in sheets of 25, out of which:

 

Details in the table below:

Elements for typology
Net orientation Types of background: Spikes pointing upwards and downwards Spikes pointing upwards and downwards
Designers mark German occupation of Serbia: Designers mark Љ on stamp German occupation of Serbia: Types 1, 2, 3 and 4 of designer's marks Designers mark Љ on Christ’s shoulder appears on 13th stamp, but not on every sheet.
Letters C to the left and to the right German occupation of Serbia: 4 types of postage stamps in a strip of 5 4 types in a strip of 5:

  • IA: with network pointing upwards (1st and 5th stamp)
  • III: with letter C oriented to the left
  • IIA: without network and designers mark
  • IV: with letter C oriented to the left

 

Sheets of stamps
0.50 + 0.50 din, brown 1 + 3 din, dark green 2 + 6 din, red 4 + 12 din, dark blue

 

1 January 1942 Anti-Masonic Exposition.

Designed by S. Grujić, printed in offset by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation comb 11½. Printed in sheets of 25. In total 507.000 sets were printed, unsold stamps, numbering 200.000, were destroyed. Valid until 31 March 1942.

Types: designers mark Field number Sheets of stamps
German occupation of Serbia, designer's mark: Letter C on the right side of denomination box Letter C on the right side of denomination box 13
German occupation of Serbia, designer's mark: Letter C on the right side of denomination box Letter C on the right side of denomination box 13
German occupation of Serbia, designer's mark: Letters CГ in the upper left corner Letters CГ in the upper left corner 13
German occupation of Serbia, designer's mark: Letters CГ above denomination Letters CГ above denomination 13
Complete sheets of stamps
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0.50 + 0.50 din, yellow brown
1 + 1 din, dark green
2 + 2 din, rose carmine
4 + 4 din, indigo

13 September 1942 For the poor.

Designed by S. Grujić, printed in offset by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation comb 11½. Printed in sheets of 16 (4 complete sets in each sheet), 52.000 complete sets were printed. Valid until 12 November 1942.

Types – designers mark
Description Sheets of stamps
In one part of the circulation designers marks can be noted:

  • С.Г on mother’s knee on stamps 2 + 6 din and 20 + 40 din
  • В.Г above the box with denomination on stamps 4 + 8 din and 7 + 13 din
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Sheet without marks.

16 May 1943 For wounded soldiers fund.

Designed by S. Grujić, printed in offset by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation comb 11½. 20.000 of each souvenir sheets were printed. Valid until 16 September 1943.

Constant varieties
3 + 47 din Description
I Constant variety, plate error: Red dot on soldier's uniform Red dot on soldier’s uniform Note: for better viewing right click on the link, open in new tab or window and zoom in.
Souvenir sheet 2 with variety I
4 + 46 din Description
I Constant variety, plate error: Dot on letter T in PATHE Dot on letter T in PATHE Note: for better viewing right click on the link, open in new tab or window and zoom in.
Souvenir sheet 1 with variety I

15 October 1943 Centenary of postal service in Serbia.

Designed by S. Grujić, printed in offset by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation 12½. Printed in sheets of 24 (20 stamps and 4 labels). 250.000 complete sets were printed. Valid until 31 December 1943.

Constant varieties Field number Sheets of stamps
I German occupation of Serbia, plate error: Blue dot on numeral 5 in denomination and below numeral 1 in 1943 in the second date Blue dot on numeral 5 in denomination and below numeral 1 in 1943 in the second date 24
(not on every sheet)
Complete sheets of stamps
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Sheet A: without the variety
Sheet B: with variety I
Sheet B: with variety I (First Day)

Official stamps


1 January 1943 State emblem.

Designed by S. Grujić, printed in letterpress by Državna markarnica in Belgrade. Perforation 12½. 12.000.000 stamps were printed.

Coincidental varieties
3 din, red lilac
A Major printing error. Serbia, coincidental variety: Major printing error.

 

Bibliography


  1. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade). YU ISSN 0351-4447
  2. Michel Deutschland-Spezial 2005, Band 1: 1849 bis April 1945. Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 3-87858-144-0