Provisional issue for the city of Rijeka (Fiume)


Upon order of the Military Command of the City of Rijeka, the stamps found in the Postal Directorate depot were to be overprinted with date 3-V-1945, the day Yugoslav troops entered the city, and new values.

Stamps of the Italian Social Republic on watermarked paper belong to the first Monumenti distrutti issue printed in Rome and Novara. Stamps without overprint belong to the second issue. There’s no differentiation between printings in documents related to overprinting but a very small number of 75 centesimi stamp without watermark was used.

The stamps were overprinted in letterpress in black color and issued on 26 July 1945. They were in use in wider area of Zone B (former Italian postal directorates) until early Spring of 1946.

Constant varieties of overprints

CONSTANT VARIETIES
2 lire on 25 centesimi, dark green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Bottom left corner of letter L in LIRE damaged. Bottom left corner of letter L in LIRE damaged. 57,78
5 lire on 10 centesimi, brown Field number
I Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Dots on right side of letter A in RIJEKA, arc of letter R in LIRE damaged by vertical split, figure 5 damaged. Dots on right side of letter A in RIJEKA, arc of letter R in LIRE damaged by vertical split, figure 5 damaged. 5
10 lire on 25 centesimi, dark green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Letter A in RIJEKA thinned to right. Letter A in RIJEKA thinned to right. 1, 2, 4, 27, 29, 85, 98
II Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Lower part of letters I and U in FIUME damaged. Lower part of letters I and U in FIUME damaged. 86
16 lire on 75 centesimi, rose red Field number
I Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Letter M in FIUME slightly damaged in the middle. Letter M in FIUME slightly damaged in the middle. 1
II Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Black dots inside V in date mark. Black dots inside V in date mark. 11
III Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Letter F in FIUME damaged on left side. Letter F in FIUME damaged on left side. 53
20 lire on 1.25 lire, dark green Field number
I Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Bulge on the top left cancellation block. Bulge on the top left cancellation block. 2
II Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka The Sun with nine rays flaw. The “Sun with nine rays” flaw. 28
III Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Numerals 4 and 5 in 1945 distorted. Numerals 4 and 5 in 1945 distorted. 33

 

Possible constant varieties on basic stamps

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES ON BASIC STAMPS
1 Indentation in top frame, above letter O in POSTE. Yugoslavia 1945 provisional issue of postage stamps for Rijeka Indentation in top frame, above letter O in POSTE.

 

Possible constant varieties or types of overprints

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES OR TYPES OF OVERPRINTS (not mentioned in literature)
16 lire on 75 centesimi, rose red
1 Lower left point of the star joined from the fifth sunray from the left. On available 5×2 fragment, the occurrence is observed 4 times (on fields 1, 2, 3, 14). Yugoslavia 1945 Fiume Rijeka postage stamp possible type of overprint

 

Overprint forgeries

OVERPRINT FORGERIES
All small format values
Yugoslavia 1945 provisional postage stamp issue for Rijeka Fiume overprint forgery
Forged overprint left and genuine right.
  • Lower right point of the star detached from the sunray below.
  • Prominent middle stroke of numeral 3 in date mark.
Yugoslavia 1945 provisional postage stamp issue for Rijeka Fiume forged overprint Overprint fuzzy, letters thicker and distorted.

 

Bibliography


  1. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade), YU ISSN 0351-4447
  2. Novakovi─ç, 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