Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes: definitive issues, King facing to the left
The first definitive issue, regent Aleksander I and king Peter I.
On 16 January 1921 the first general issue of definitive stamps for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was issued. They replaced provisional regional issues for Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as issues for the Kingdom of Serbia. Officially the mentioned provisional issues were in use until 15 April 1921 but in practice they were postally used well in the year 1922. Stamps were printed in line engraving by American Bank Note Co. in sheets of 100.
|Printed quantities of 5 para stamp
designed by Mr. Peroš were used for
provisional issue of postage dues.
The process of preparing general definitive issue started already in April 1919 when the competent Ministry issued a tender for design. Works of Mr. Marko Peroš from Zagreb were adopted and large quantities of 5 para stamps were printed. Due to poor quality of work the whole issue was rejected and the printed stock was later used for the first provisional issue of postage dues.
Stamps of the first general issue were in use until 31 October 1928. Unsold stock was sold at an auction.
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The second definitive issue, king Alexander I.
As the stock of stamps printed in 1921 was getting low, the printing of new stamps was ordered. Stamps of the second definitive issue were printed by Thomas de la Rue et Co. from London in line engraving. Sheets consisted of 100 stamps (10×10). Release dates:
- on 9 March 1924 values of 20 para, 1, 3, 5, 10 and 30 dinara,
- on 26 June 1924 values of 50 para, 2, 15 and 20 dinara.
Stamps were valid unton 31 December 1928. Unsold stamps were available to collectors between 15 November 1933 and 14 December 1934. Unsold stock was destroyed in May 1935.
|Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)|
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Provisional issue of 1925
The provisional issue was released on 5 June 1925 and it consisted of two values, both on a 3 din basic stamp: 25 and 50 para. Overprinting was done by State Printing Works on sheets delivered by Thomas De La Rue et Co. Delivered stamps came in sheets of 100 and in sheets of 50 stamps, the latter derive from printer’s waste (the defective parts were removed and remaining 50 stamps delivered).
Full stock of sheets of 50 was used for 25 para stamp. For this undertaking two forms of overprints had to be made: 5×10 and 10×5. Sheets of 100 were overprinted with a third form.
Unsold stamps were available to collectors between 15 November 1933 and 14 December 1934. Unsold stock was destroyed in May 1935.
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