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Independent State of Croatia: Official Stamps


Official stamps were used in communication among governmental institutions and between these institutions and citizens. The stamps were designed by State office for propaganda, which was headed by the prominent artist Vladimir Kirin.

In the beginning of 1943 it was declared that, due to the shortage of franco stamps, official stamps could be used also for private correspondence (Ercegović, 1995: 411). Folders with privately used official stamps are of great interest to specialized collectors.

Characteristics


The stamps were printed in offset by Državna tiskara in Zagreb. The postal sheet consisted of 100 stamps (10 x 10). it is unknown how many postal sheets were in a print sheet nor how many printing plates were made for each value. Also the circulation can’t be exactly determined.

There are indications that official stamps were printed in three runs between 1942 and 1944 and that the runs are distinguishable by types of paper. Consequently, a classification by paper types is the most common in philatelic literature. This notion is, however, disputed by some specialists. Both classifications are displayed in a table below:

Denomination Paper and perforation Circulation and date of issue
Regular white Pelure Offset 1st run
Regular white paper
2nd run
Pelure paper
3rd run
Offset paper
10½ 11½ 11½ 11½
25 ban, rose lake + + + 1.000.000
(by mid May 1942)
2.000.000
(15.7.1943)
50 ban, gray + + + 1.000.000
(5.2.1942)
6.000.000
(March 1943)
75 ban, dark green + + + 500.000
(5.2.1942)
3.000.000
(11.11.1943)
1 kn, orange brown + + + + 1.000.000
(by mid May 1942)
2.000.000
(March 1943)
2.000.000
(4.6.1944)
2 kn, turquoise blue + + + 500.000
(by mid May 1942)
2.000.000
(11.11.1943)
3 kn, red + + 8.000.000
(5.2.1942)
3.50 kn, carmine rose + + 9.000.000
(June 1943)
5.000.000
(?)
4 kn, brown violet + + 1.000.000
(by mid May 1942)
5 kn, blue + + + 500.000
(5.2.1942)
6 kn, violet + + + 500.000
(5.2.1942)
500.000
(December 1943)
10 kuna, light gren + + 2.500.000
(by mid May 1942)
12 kn, brown rose + + 500.000
(by mid May 1942)
12.50 kn, deep orange + + + 2.500.000
(15.7.1943)
2.500.000
(?)
20 kn, dark blue + + 500.000
(by mid May 1942)
30 kn, dark violet and gray + + 500.000
(by mid May 1942)
40 kn, dark blue and gray + + 100.000
(by mid May 1942)
50 kn, brown lake and gray + + 100.000
(by mid May 1942)
100 kn, black and pink + + 100.000
(by mid May 1942)

Data in table taken by Ercegović and Novak (Ercegović, 1995: 405-414).

Note: the stamp of 5 kn on pelure paper was not in circulation and become available only after the war.

Varieties


CONSTANT VARIETIES
50 banica, slate Field number
I Croatia Official stamp error Letter Ž in DRŽAVNA broken
Another example
Letter Ž in DRŽAVNA broken. ?
75 banica, dark green Field number
I Croatia Official stamp plate flaw: Broken frame above the word SLUŽBENA Broken frame above the word SLUŽBENA. All stamps in the 2nd column (recorded on issues printed on regular paper)

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
25 banica, dark green
1 White dot inside numeral 5 to the right. Croatia Official stamp error dot inside numeral 5 to the right
2 White spot left from the coat of arms. NDH Official stamp white spot left from coat of arms
3 White dot on the lower horizontal stroke of letter Ž in DRŽAVNA. NDH Official stamp white dot on the lower horizontal stroke of letter Ž in DRŽAVNA
50 banica, slate
1 Colored dot to the right, outside the frame. Croatia Official stamp error dot to the right, outside the frame
2 White dot on the lower part of letter Ž in SLUŽBENA. Croatia Official stamp error dot on the lower part of letter Ž in SLUŽBENA
3 A scratch below letter R and another below letter V in HRVATSKA. Croatia Official stamp error scratch below letter R and another below letter V in HRVATSKA
5 White scratches in the field next to the left inner frame. Croatia Official stamp error scratches in the field next to the left inner frame
6 White scratches in the field close to the upper right corner. Croatia Official stamp error scratches in the field close to the upper right corner
7 White dot above numeral 5 to the right. Croatia Official stamp error dot above numeral 5 to the right
8 White scratch below letter K in MARKA. Croatia Official stamp error scratch below letter K in MARKA
9 White dot above the second letter N in NEZAVISNA. NDH Official stamp White dot above the second letter N in NEZAVISNA
10 Thick scratch on the lower frame ornament, below letters K and A in HRVATSKA. NDH Official stamp Thick scratch on the lower frame ornament, below letters K and A in HRVATSKA
75 banica, dark green
1 White dot between letters E and N in SLUŽBENA, example on regular white paper. Croatia Official stamp error: White dot between letters E and N in SLUŽBENA
2 White dot connecting the third bottom ornament and inner frame. Croatia Official stamp error dot connecting the third bottom ornament and inner frame
3 Letter V in HRVATSKA broken. NDH Official stamp Letter V in HRVATSKA broken
3 White dot above left numeral 5. NDH Official stamp White dot above left numeral 5
1 kn, orange brown
1 White dot below inner upper frame. Croatia Official stamp error dot below inner upper frame
2 White thin line next to the left numeral 1. Croatia Official stamp error thin line next to the left numeral 1
3 White dot next to the left numeral 1. Croatia Official stamp error dot next to the left numeral 1
4 Big white dot below letters P and O in POŠTANSKA. NDH Official stamp Big white dot below letters P and O in POŠTANSKA
5 Big white spot next to the right frame. NDH Official stamp Big white spot next to the right frame
6 Letter Ž in DRŽAVA without the lower horizontal stroke. NDH Official stamp Letter Ž in DRŽAVA without the lower horizontal stroke
7 Big white spot below letters S and L in SLUŽBENA. NDH Official stamp Big white spot below letters S and L in SLUŽBENA
2 kn, turquoise blue
1 White dot above letter P in POŠTANSKA, example on pelure paper. Croatia Official stamp error: White dot above letter P in POŠTANSKA
2 White dot left from the coat of arms. NDH Official stamp White dot left from the coat of arms
3 Comma after word DRŽAVA. NDH Official stamp Comma after word DRŽAVA
3 kn, vermilion
1 White scratch below the final letter A in DRŽAVA. Croatia Official stamp error scratch below the final letter A in DRŽAVA
2 White dot on top of the letter E in NEZAVISNA. Croatia Official stamp error dot on top of the letter E in NEZAVISNA
3 White dot after the final A in HRVATSKA. Croatia Official stamp error dot after the final A in HRVATSKA
4 White dot after the final A in SLUŽBENA. Croatia Official stamp error dot after the final A in SLUŽBENA
5 White scratch below the final A in MARKA. Croatia Official stamp error scratch below the final A in MARKA
6 White dot next to the inner left frame. Croatia Official stamp error ot next to the inner left frame
7 White spot inside right numeral 3. NDH Official stamp White spot inside right numeral 3
8 Tiny white dot next to the left frame, at the top. NDH Official stamp Tiny white dot next to the left frame, at the top
3.50 kn, carmine rose
1 White dot connecting letters R and Ž in DRŽAVA, bottom frame broken. Croatia Official stamp error dot connecting letters R and Ž in DRŽAVA
2 Checkered fields inside coat of arms pale. Croatia Official stamp error white area next to the right frame
Another example
3 Big white area next to the right frame. Croatia Official stamp error white area next to the right frame
4 Thick white line inside zero in denomination to the right. Croatia Official stamp error white line inside zero in denomination
5 White dot connecting the third bottom ornament and inner frame. Croatia Official stamp error dot connecting the third bottom ornament and inner frame
6 Big white spot above letters A and V in NEZAVISNA. NDH Official stamp Big white spot above letters A and V in NEZAVISNA
4 kn, brown
1 White dot next to the coat of arms to the left. Croatia Official stamp error dot next to the coat of arms
2 Second letter A in MARKA deformed and barely visible. NDH Official stamp Second letter A in MARKA deformed and barely visible
3 Thin white line below the third bottom ornament from the right. NDH Official stamp Thin white line below the third bottom ornament from the right
5 kn, ultramarine
1 Outer frame broken on top. Croatia Official stamp error frame broken on top
6 kn, violet
1 Colored dot on the upper frame in the center right, example on a regular white paper. Croatia Official stamp error Colored dot on the upper frame in the center right
2 Colored spot on bottom frame below the third ornament from the left. NDH Official stamp Colored spot on bottom frame below the third ornament from the left
3 Whitening on the fourth bottom ornament from the right. NDH Official stamp Whitening on the fourth bottom ornament from the right
10 kn, light green
1 Thin scratch above letters E and N in SLUŽBENA, grave accent on letter K in HRVATSKA and a circle above letters A and V in NEZAVISNA. NDH Official stamp Thin scratch above letters E and N in SLUŽBENA, grave accent on letter K in HRVATSKA and a circle above letters A and V in NEZAVISNA
12 kn, brown rose
1 Big white spot next to the right inner frame. Croatia Official stamp error white spot next to the right inner frame
2 White dot below left numeral 1. NDH Croatia Official stamp error White dot below left numeral 1
3 Letter V in HRVATSKA uneven. NDH Croatia Official stamp error Letter V in HRVATSKA uneven
100 kn, black and pink
1 Dot above letter I in NEZAVISNA. NDH Croatia Official stamp error Dot above letter I in NEZAVISNA
2 Bottom frame broken below second and third ornament. NDH Croatia Official stamp error Bottom frame broken below second and third ornament
3 Letter Ž in DRŽAVA broken at the bottom, right stroke of first letter A in NEZAVISNA longer. NDH Croatia Official stamp error Letter Ž in DRŽAVA broken at the bottom, right stroke of first letter A in NEZAVISNA longer

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
75 banica, dark green
1 Color error. NDH Croatia Official stamp error color error
3 kn, vermilion
1 Printing error, probably scrunched paper. NDH Croatia Official stamp error scrunched paper

 

Complete sheets of stamps


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Denomination Paper and perforation
Regular white Pelure Offset
25 ban, rose lake Not available Not available Not available
50 ban, gray Not available Click here Not available
75 ban, dark green Not available Not available Not available
1 kn, orange brown Not available Click here Not available
2 kn, turquoise blue Not available Click here Not available
3 kn, red Not available Click here Not available
3.50 kn, carmine rose Not available Not available Not available
4 kn, brown violet Not available Not available Not available
5 kn, blue Not available Not available Not available
6 kn, violet Not available Not available Not available
10 kuna, light gren Not available Not available Not available
12 kn, brown rose Not available Not available Not available
12.50 kn, deep orange Not available Not available Not available
20 kn, dark blue Not available Not available Not available
30 kn, dark violet and gray Not available Not available Not available
40 kn, dark blue and gray Not available Not available Not available
50 kn, brown lake and gray Not available Not available Not available
100 kn, black and pink Not available Not available Not available

Bibliography


  1. Ercegović, Velimir (1995): HRVATSKA FILATELIJA – Od predfilatelije do maraka Republike Hrvatske, Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost, Zagreb ISBN-13: 978-9539641915
  2. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade). YU ISSN 0351-4447