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. Montenegro 1893 postage stamp overprint error - damaged letter P
2 Letter И in ШТАМПАРИJЕ damaged. Montenegro 1893 postage stamp overprint error - damaged letter I

 

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.

Principality of Montenegro - Constitution overprint on postage stamps
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.
 

TYPES OF OVERPRINTS – ALL VALUES
Type I (1905):

  • letter C of Constitution not aligned with 1905 at the bottom
Type II (1906):

  • letter C and 1905 aligned at the bottom,
  • length of word УСТАВ 9¾,
  • spacing between letters У and С in УСТАВ regular.
Type III (1906):

  • letter C and 1905 aligned at the bottom,
  • length of word УСТАВ 11½,
  • spacing between letters У and С in УСТАВ wider.
Type IV (1906):

  • letter C and 1905 aligned at the bottom,
  • length of word УСТАВ 11¼,
  • letter С in УСТАВ opened.
Type V (1906):

  • letter C and 1905 aligned at the bottom,
  • length of word УСТАВ 8¼,
  • word УСТАВ smaller with in bold letters.

 

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS – THE FIRST PRINT RUN OF 1906 Field number
I Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: Thick zero in 1905. Thick zero in 1905. 1, 19, 27, 38, 51, 53
II Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: Black dot on letter Т in УСТАВ. Black dot on letter Т in УСТАВ. 6
III Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: Second letter n in Constitution short. Second letter n in Constitution short. 53
IV Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: Letter v instead of У in УСТАВ, letter С thin. Letter v instead of У in УСТАВ, letter С thin. 56
V Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: First letter i in Constitution missing – Const tution. First letter i in Constitution missing – Const tution. 66
VI Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: Second letter i in Constitution missing – Constitut on. Second letter i in Constitution missing – Constitut on. 69
VII Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: Letter t in place of the second letter i in Consistution – Consistutton. Letter t in place of the second letter i in Consistution – Consistutton. 79
VIII Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: First letter n in Constitution inverted – Coustitution. Montenegro 1906 Inverted n in Constitution - Coustitution First letter n in Constitution inverted – Coustitution. 86
IX Montenegro Constitution issue postage stamp overprint flaw: Word Никољдан positioned lower. Word Никољдан positioned lower. 96

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Shifted overprint. Montenegro Constitution issue Overprint shifted vertically Montenegro constitution issue Overprint shifted vertically. Montenegro Constitution postage stamp overprint shift

 

SHEETS OF STAMPS
Return receipt stamp, first run of 1906

 

References


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