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Zone B, Istria and Slovene Littoral: provisional issue of 1947


On 8 February 1947 a provisional issue of postage stamps came into use. Contemporary 9 dinar Yugoslav postage stamp depicting a partisan woman with a flag and 0.50 dinar official stamp with coat of arms, were reprinted in new colors and overprinted VOJNA UPRAVA JUGOSLAVENSKE NARODNE ARMIJE (Military Administration by the Yugoslav Army) in black color.

Yugoslavia Trieste postage stamp offset
Apart from offsets and
gone-trough-paper-prints
of overprints no other coincidental
varieties are known to exist.

Stamps were printed by State Printing Works in Belgrade on ordinary, pre-gummed paper in offset technique in sheets of 100 stamps (10×10). The gum is even, smooth and shiny and is evenly applied. Stamps were overprinted in letterpress.

The study of overprint types suggests that some values were overprinted in multiple settings of overprint panes (exact positions of types differs between settings).

Stamps were released on 8 Feburary 1947 for the whole Zone B. They continued to be in use for another two years in Zone B of newly established Free Territory of Trieste after the implementation of the Paris Peace Treaty on 15 September 1947.

A. Constant varieties on basic stamps

CONSTANT VARIETIES ON BASIC STAMPS
9 dinara, deep lilac Field number
I Yugoslavia partisan woman postage stamp flaw: spots next to letter G Horizontal scratches next to the letter G of JUGOSLAVIJA, to the lower left. 2, 25, 79, 88
II Yugoslavia partisan woman postage stamp flaw: White dot on letter E of DEMOKRATSKA White dot on letter E of DEMOKRATSKA. 74
III Yugoslavia partisan woman postage stamp flaw: white spot White spot in area between numeral 9 and inscription DIN., above letters O and K in DEMOKRATSKA. 81
IV Yugoslavia partisan woman postage stamp flaw: apostrophe dot Apostrophe before numeral 9 and white dot before letter U in JUGOSLAVIJA. 83
V Yugoslavia partisan woman postage stamp flaw: Letter N in DIN. in a form of a white square Letter N in DIN. in a form of a white square. 90
VI Yugoslavia partisan woman postage stamp flaw: Apostrophe after the last letter А in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА Apostrophe after the last letter А in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА. 99
VII Final letter A in ФЕДЕРАТИВНА missing.
Note: part constant, very rare. Could be coincidental due to a foreign particle on printing plate.
57
0.50 dinara, blue Field number
I Yugoslavia coat of arms official stamp plate flaw: white star White spot on the star on top of coat of arms (white star flaw). 15
II Yugoslavia coat of arms official stamp plate flaw coat of arms White dot in the field left to the coat of arms and vertical white line on the right side of the coat of arms. 83
III Yugoslavia coat of arms official stamp plate flaw White dot on inner frame White dot on inner frame in the upper left area. 92
IV Yugoslavia coat of arms official stamp plate flaw: White spot on letter Д White spot on letter Д in denomination. 95

 

B. Types of overprints

TYPES
1 lira on 9 dinara, deep purple
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults.
I Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type I
  • in VOJNA left stroke of letter A broken at the bottom.
II Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type II
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE the final E broken in the middle.
III Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type III
  • in UPRAVA letter R damaged below the loop.
IV Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type IV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE the lowest horizontal line of the final letter E damaged at the bottom.
V Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type V
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter K with thick serifs on top,
  • in ARMIJE letter A damaged to the left.
VI Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type VI
  • in ARMIJE letter A smaller.
VII Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type VII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter J broken.
VIII Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type VIII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter J damaged on top,
  • in ARMIJE letter R thicker on top.
IX Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type IX
  • in VOJNA letter N and A broken,
  • in UPRAVA the final letter A thinner or broken to the left,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter L damaged to the lower left,
  • in ARMIJE the left base thinner.
X Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type X
  • numeral 1 positioned higher in relation to L.
XI Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type XI
  • in VOJNA letter V damaged at upper left, left vertical stroke of letter N distorted or broken,
  • in ARMIJE left base of letter A damaged, dot on letter I.
XII Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type XII
  • in VOJNA letters V and O damaged at the bottom,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter S broken on top.
XIII Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1 lira stamp type XIII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter S distorted.
XIV
  • in VOJNA letter A without horizontal stroke,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter V damaged at bottom, letters N and S broken,
  • numeral 1 positioned higher in relation to L.
XV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE vertical stroke of the first letter E broken, horizontal strike of the final E broken.
XVI
  • in VOJNA letters J and N damaged at the bottom,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter J damaged on top, left vertical stroke of letter N thin.
1.50 lira on 0.50 dinara, blue
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 1.50 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults.
I
  • zero in denomination placed lower relative to 5.
II
  • the inner circle of zero in denomination damaged on top.
III
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE the upper right part of letter K prolonged.
IV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter v damaged at bottom, letter N and S broken.
V
  • in ARMIJE dot above letter I,
  • the bottom horizontal canceling bar shorted to the left.
VI
  • in ARMIJE thin line above letter M,
  • denomination value 1.50 positioned higher relative to letter L,
  • upper left corner of the square, representing decimal dot, damaged,
  • numeral 5 in denomination value damaged.
VII
  • in ARMIJE letter R thick on top.
VIII
  • in ARMIJE letter A without bottom right serif,
  • the highest cancellation bar to the left misaligned.
2 lira on 9 dinara, deep purple
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 2 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults.
I
  • in UPRAVA final letter A smaller,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE leter G damaged to the left,
  • in ARMIJE left serif of letter A smaller,
  • top canceling bar thicker on top.
II
  • in UPRAVA letter U damaged to top left, letter P damaged to right,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE horizontal stroke of letter L thinner.
III
  • in UPRAVA final letter A smaller and distorted.
IV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter O damaged to the right,
  • in ARMIJE letter A in the lower left side damaged.
V
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE left stroke of letter V slightly damaged.
VI
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters N, S and K damaged.
VII
  • in ARMIJE right serif of the letter A missing,
  • numeral 2 in denomination flat on top,
  • horizontal stroke of letter L in denomination thinner and rounded at the corner.
VIII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE left base of letter A damaged, letter K split in the middle.
IX
  • in UPRAVA final letter A broken,
  • letter L in denomination thin and standing higher relative to the numeral 2.
X
  • in UPRAVA final letter A broken,
  • letter L in denomination thin and standing higher relative to the numeral 2.
XI
  • small incision on top of the numeral 2 in denomination.
XII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter S deformed,
  • horizontal stroke of letter L in denomination thinner.
XIII
  • in UPRAVA the loop of letter P deformed,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE the second letter S broken,
  • the bottom canceling line shorter to the left.
XIV
  • the loop of the numeral 2 in denomination flattened on the right side.
XV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter S broken at the bottom.
3 lira on 0,50 dinara, blue
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 3 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults.
I
  • numeral 3 in denomination damaged on top.
II
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE black dot under letter L.
III
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter A damaged to the left.
IV
  • in ARMIJE top horizontal stroke of letter E pointing downwards.
V
  • in UPRAVA the final letter A damaged on top.
VI
  • canceling bars to the right damaged.
VII
  • the lowest canceling bar to the left side angled.
5 lira on 9 dinara, deep purple
M
  • master die, no faults,
  • numeral 5 in denomination placed lower relative to L.
I
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters U and G damaged at the bottom, letter S distorted, letters V and E damaged, letter K distorted to lower right.
II
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE upper right stroke of letter K twisted,
  • in ARMIJE left stroke of letter M thinner.
III
  • in VOJNA letter J thinner to right,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters O and S damaged,
  • in ARMIJE letter A damaged to right.
IV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter E damaged to the top.
V
  • in UPRAVA letter R damaged on inside.
VI
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter J damaged to top, letters S, L and A damaged to bottom.
VII
  • in UPRAVA angled horizontal stroke in the first letter A,
  • letter L in denomination rounded on top.
VIII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter O damaged to the bottom from inside, final letter E damaged to the middle,
  • letter L and numeral 5 in denomination aligned to the bottom.
IX
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters N and final E broken,
  • numeral 5 in denomination slightly damaged to lower right.
X
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter U broken to top right.
XI
  • in VOJNA damaged to base left.
XII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter A twisted and broken to left.
XIII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE middle stroke of the first letter E detached,
  • upper right angle of numeral 5 angled.
XIV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter S distorted,
  • in ARMIJE horizontal stroke of letter A broken.
XV
  • letter L and numeral 5 in denomination aligned to bottom.
XVI
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE final letter E damaged to top left.
XVII
  • dots (debris) between the second and the third canceling bar.
XVIII
  • loop of the numeral 5 on outside straight.
XIX
  • in ARMIJE letter I damaged to base,
  • numeral 5 in denomination slightly damaged to lower right.
6 lira on 0,50 dinara, blue
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 6 lira stamp
  • Master die, no faults.
I
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE top and bottom horizontal lines in final E broken.
II
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE bottom horizontal lines in final E damaged to left.
10 lira on 9 dinara, deep purple
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 10 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults,
  • zero in denomination larger but aligned with 1 at bottom.
I
  • in UPRAVA final letter A smaller,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter J distorted to left, top horizontal stroke of final letter E pointing downwards,
  • in ARMIJE left base of letter A missing.
II
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE top horizontal stroke of final letter E pointing downwards.
III
  • in UPRAVA frist letter A damaged,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters N and S damaged.
IV
  • in UPRAVA letter U distorted to top left,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters S and final E broken,
  • letter L in denomination thin,
  • zero in denomination value larger than 1 and placed slightly higher.
V
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters L, V and N broken,
  • in ARMIJE left base of letter A damaged,
  • letter L in denomination thin, its angle rounded.
VI
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter K broken, final E distorted,
  • in ARMIJE left base of letter A damaged,
  • letter L in denomination thin, its angle rounded,
  • to zero in denomination value minor damage to right.
VII
  • in VOJNA letter J damaged
  • in UPRAVA letter U damaged to left.
VIII
  • in UPRAVA letter V damaged, final letter A smaller,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter K damaged to left,
  • in ARMIJE left base of letter A damaged.
IX
  • in VOJNA letters J and N damaged at bottom,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE bottom horizontal stroke of letter E thin and pointing upwards,
  • in ARMIJE letter A without horizontal line,
  • letter L in denomination thin.
X
  • in VOJNA letters J and N damaged at bottom,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE bottom horizontal stroke of letter E thin and pointing upwards,
  • canceling lines fragmented, debris between the lines.
XI
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters S, N and final E damaged,
  • in ARMIJE left base of letter A missing, letters M and I damaged,
  • letter L in denomination thin.
XII
  • in UPRAVA letters P, R and A damaged to base,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters O, S, N, S and K damaged,
  • in ARMIJE letter J damaged to top.
XIII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters G and A damaged,
  • in ARMIJE right base of letter M damaged,
  • letter L in denomination minor damage to right.
XIV
  • canceling bars distorted, second and fourth thinner,
  • zero in denomination placed above 1.
XV
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE final E damaged to bottom left,
  • in ARMIJE letter A thinner to the left, letter E damaged.
XVI
  • in ARMIJE letter A thinner to the left, letter J damaged to bottom.
XVII
  • in UPRAVA final letter A smaller,
  • top horizontal line broken, third bar thinner, fourth bar fuzzy.
XVIII
  • in VOJNA letter O damaged to right,
  • in JUGOSLOVENSKE final letter E damaged,
  • minor damage to the left side of the top canceling bar.
15 lira on 0.5 dinara, blue
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 15 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults,
  • numerals 1 and 5 of equal size, aligned.
I
  • numeral 5 higher than 1, aligned to the bottom.
II
  • numeral 5 higher than 1 and placed higher.
35 lira on 9 dinara, deep purple
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 35 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults.
I
  • in VOJNA letter A broken near the right base,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter A damaged to top, letter N thinner to left,
  • in ARMIJE minor incision to lower left to the letter E.
II
  • in ARMIJE top horizontal stroke of letter E pointing downwards,
  • canceling bars thicker to left.
III
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter O damaged to right,
  • in ARMIJE letter I distorted, letter J distorted and broken.
IV
  • in UPRAVA letter U broken at bottom,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter O open on top, left base of letter N detached, final E distorted,
  • in ARMIJE letter M broken at right base, top of letter I missing, letter J distorted.
V
  • in ARMIJE top left of letter M damaged.
VI
  • minor incision on top of numeral 5 in denomination.
VII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter N distorted to left.
VIII
  • lower part of numeral 3 in denomination pointing inwards,
  • upper right part of numeral 5 in denomination damaged.
IX
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE minor incision on top of final letter E,
  • in ARMIJE bottom horizontal stroke of letter E distorted and pointing upwards,
  • debris between canceling lines.
X
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letters O and N damaged,
  • in ARMIJE left base of letter A missing, letters I, J and E deformed,
  • canceling lines unevenly thick, debris to left.
XI
  • minor incision to top of numeral 5.
XII
  • in ARMIJE top stroke of letter E thin or broken,
  • numerals 3 and 5 aligned to bottom,
  • small indentation on the lower loop of numeral 3.
XIII
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE lower left base of letter N damaged,
  • canceling lines thicker to left due to debris.
XIV
  • in VOJNA left base of letter N damaged,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE letter S damaged to bottom.
50 lira on 0,50 dinara, blue
M Yugoslavia Istria Slovene Littoral 50 lira stamp
  • master die, no faults,
  • 5 and zero in denomination of the same size.
I
  • incision to inside top of zero in denomination.
II
  • incision to top right of zero in denomination.
III
  • in ARMIJE top horizontal stroke of letter E deformed, pointing downwards.
IV
  • zero in denomination positioned higher.
V
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE top horizontal stroke of final letter E twisted and pointing down.
VI
  • numeral 5 in denomination is smaller than zero.
VII
  • numeral 5 in denomination is smaller than zero, zero positioned lower.
VIII
  • numeral 5 in denomination is smaller than zero,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE top horizontal stroke of final letter E twisted and pointing down.
IX
  • numeral 5 in denomination is smaller than zero, zero positioned lower,
  • in JUGOSLAVENSKE top horizontal stroke of final letter E broken.
X
  • numeral 5 in denomination is smaller than zero, zero positioned lower,
  • top horizontal canceling line to right broken.

 

C. Sheets of stamps

SHEETS
Setting Frist Second Third
1 lira on 9 dinara Missing Link
1.50 lira on 0.50 dinara Link
2 lira on 9 dinara Missing Link Missing
3 lira on 0.50 dinara Link Missing
5 lira on 9 dinara Link Missing
6 lira on 0.50 dinara Link Missing
10 lira on 9 dinara Link
15 lira on 0.50 dinara Link
35 lira on 9 dinara Link
50 lira on 0.50 dinara Link

 

Bibliography


  1. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade), YU ISSN 0351-4447
  2. Novaković, Damir (2009): Stamps and Postal History of Trieste, Pola, Fiume, Istria and Slovene Littoral under Yugoslav Military Administration 1945 – 1947. ISBN 978-0-9563535-0-4