Principality of Montenegro
400 years from introduction of printing in Montenegro.
|POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINT (not mentioned in literature)|
|1||Letter П in ПРОСЛАВА damaged.|
|2||Letter И in ШТАМПАРИJЕ damaged.|
The Constitution issue
In the year 1905 the sovereign prince Nikola I. Petrović introduced a constitution and Montenegro thus became a constitutional monarchy. The constitution was declared on 6 December (old calendar), on the day when Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates Saint Nicholas day.
|Se-tentant examples of mixed overprints of 1905 and 1906|
To commemorate the event of the introduction of the constitution the Montenegrin postal authorities ordered overprinting of stamps of the 1902 issues of definitive stamps, postage dues and stamps for return receipt (AR). They were overprinted in letterpress in red or black color. The word УСТАВ means constitution and the word Никољдан refers to Saint Nicholas day. The stamps were issued on the day of the introduction of the constitution. Stamps of this issue were overprinted with Type I overprint.
In the year 1906 more stamps were overprinted in three runs, this time in Types II, III, IV and V. All four types appear throughout the sheet, with layout of overprints differing between runs.
Very interesting are examples of se-tenant stamps with mixed overprints of 1905 and 1906. The examples presented in a box to the right have certificate of examination.
|SHEETS OF STAMPS|
|Return receipt stamp, first run of 1906|
- Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade), YU ISSN 0351-4447.
- Žiberna, Vid (2017): Priložnostna izdaja ob uvedbi prve ustave v Črni gori leta 1905 – sotiski pretiskov iz leta 1905 in 1906. Filatelistično društvo Ljubljana, Filatelistični zbornik XXVII/2017 (p. 103-115). ISSN: 0352-4175