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State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs: Issues for Bosnia and Herzegovina


A. Definitive issue

Stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina, issued in 1910 to commemorate 80 years of rule of the Emperor Francis Joseph, were overprinted after the fall of Austria-Hungary with the name of new sate in Latin (DRŽAVA S.H.S.) and in Cyrillic (ДРЖАВА С.Х.С.). Stamps were overprinted in letterpress in black and red color.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS
A. YEAR MARKS On values Description Field number
I SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error 3, 5, 10, 20 and 25 heller Left: 191
Right: 1918
?
II   Only 10 heller Left: 1 18
Right: 1918
?
III   10, 40, 45 heller, 10 krone Left: 18
Right: 1918
?
IV   5, 10, 20, 40 heller, 10 krone Left: 19
Right: 1918
50 (5 heller)
V   5, 10, 30, 40 heller Left: 1981
Right: 1918
36
VI   3, 5, 20, 30, 40, 45, 50 heller Left: 981
Right: 1918
?
VII SHS Bosnia and Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error 918 instead of 1918 3, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50 heller, 10 krone Left: 918
Right: 1918
25 (3 heller)
34 (5, 25, 45 heller)
VIII   10 heller Left: 1918
Right: missing
?
IX SHS Bosnia Herzegovina Yugoslavia postage stamp overprint error 918 3, 10, 20, 25 heller and 10 krone Left: 1918
Right: 918
34 (3 heller)
20, 21, 28, 29 (10 heller)
18, 37 (20 heller)
37 (25 heller)
5 (10 krone)
X SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error missing year mark 10 heller Left: missing
Right: 1918
?
XI   45 heller Left: 19 8
Right: 1918
?
XII   40 heller Left: 1891
Right: 1918
?
XIII   10, 40 heller Left: 891
Right: 1918
?
XIV   3, 5, 10, 20, 25 heller Left: 191
Right: missing
15 (3 heller)
50 (5 heller)
15 (10 heller)
15 (25 heller)
XV   3, 5, 10, 20, 25 heller Left: 1918
Right: 191
?
XVI   5, 40, 90 heller Left: 1918
Right: 18
42 (40 heller)
XVII   5 heller, 10 krone Left: 1918
Right: 19
?
XVIII   10 and 40 heller Left: 1918
Right: 1981
?
XIX   5 heller Left: 1918
Right: 981
?
XX   40 heller Left: 1918
Right: 1891
?
XXI   10 heller Left: 918
Right: 891
?
XXII   10 heller Left: 918
Right: 918
?
XXIII   10 heller, 10 krone Left: missing
Right: missing
?
B. MISSING LETTERS AND MARKS On values Description Field number
XXIV   30, 80 heller, 3 and 10 krone Letter Ж in ДРЖАВА damaged. ?
XXIV   80 heller Letter X in denomination (Cyrillic h) missing. ?
XXV   80, 90 heller Left canceling block missing. 24 (90 heller)
XXVI   90 heller Left canceling block damaged. 20 (90 heller)
XXVII   90 heller Zero in denomination damaged. ?
XXVIII   5, 30, 40, 45, 50, 80 heller and 10 krone Letters го in Херцеговина damaged. ?
XXIX   2 krone Dot missing after first S in S.H.S. ?
XXX   2 and 4 krone Dot missing after second S in S.H.S. ?
XXXI Država SHS Bosna i Hercegovina postage stamp overprint error comma instead of a dot 4 krone Comma after first S in S.H.S. ?
XXXII   2, 4 krone Dot missing after H in S.H.S. ?
XXXIII   2, 4 krone Large letter B in Bosna ?
XXXIV Drzava SHS Bosna i Hercegovina Z instead of Ž in DRŽAVA 4 krone Letter Ž in DRŽAVA without diacritical sign – DRZAVA. ?
XXXV   2, 4 krone Letter s in Bosna missing – Bo na. ?
XXXVI   2 krone Letter i in Hercegovina thin. ?
XXXVII SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error letter D in DRZAVA missing 4 krone Letter D in DRŽAVA missing – RŽAVA. ?
XXXVIII   10 krone Numeral 1 in denomination missing – 0K. ?
XXXIX   10 krone Numeral 1 in denomination imprinted in second run (shifted to the left). ?
C. OTHER CONSTANT VARIETIES On values Description Field number
XL   40 heller Numeral 9 in 1918 deformed. 49
XLI   60 and 80 heller Thick numerals. ?
XLII SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error 4 filled with color 4 krone Numeral 4 filled with color. ?

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Shifted overprint, horizontally and vertically. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error Damaged C SHS Bosnia horizontally shifted overprint All values
2 Inverted overprint.   All values
3 Double overprint. SHS Bosnia 1919 double overprint All values
4 Offset, partial or full. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp offset All values
COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES (probably intentionally produced)
5 Double overprint, one of them inverted. SHS Bosnia 1919 double head to tail overprint All values
6 Wrong script: Cyrillic instead of Latin and vice versa.   3, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45 and 50 heller
7 Wrong overprint color.   3, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45 and 50 heller
8 Both red and black overprints, normal settings or inverted:

  • red in Latin and black in Cyrillic,
  • red in Cyrillic and black in Latin,
  • black in Latin and red in Cyrillic inverted,
  • red in Latin and black in Cyrillic inverted,
  • black in Cyrillic and red in Cyrillic inverted,
  • red in Cyrillic and black in Cyrillic inverted.
  3, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45 and 50 heller

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 hipped number 4 in denomination. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error Chipped number 4 SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error Chipped number 4
2 Letter о in Херцеговина deformed. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error deformed letter o in Herzegovina
3 Letter o in Bosna open on top. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error o in Bosna damaged
4 Letters Бос in Босна shifted upwards. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error Bos in Bosna shifted upwards SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint flaw
5 Letters Bosn in Bosna shifted upwards. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp flaw in overprint SHS Bosnia Herzegovina 1918 postage stamp overprint error letters Bosn in Bosna shifted upwards
6 Letter с in Босна shifted upwards. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint letter s in Bosna shifted upwards
7 Letter Ж in ДРЖАВА damaged. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint flaw letter Ž in DRŽAVA damaged
8 Lower right part of the left canceling block damaged. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint flaw damaged canceling block
9 Left canceling block damaged at the bottom. SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error canceling block

 

B. Postage dues

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS On values Description Field number
I   All values with Cyrillic overprint. Letter И in БОСНА damaged. ?
II   All values with Cyrillic overprint. Letters ИН in ХЕРЦЕГОВИНА broken. ?
III   All values with Cyrillic overprint. Letter A in ХЕРЦЕГОВИНА damaged (so called narrow A). ?
IV   All values with Cyrillic overprint. Letter A in ХЕРЦЕГОВИНА thick. ?
V   All values with Cyrillic overprint. Letter A in ХЕРЦЕГОВИНА missing – ХЕРЦЕГОВИН. ?
VI SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error Bosna in small instead of in capital letters All values with Cyrillic overprint. Босна и instead of БОСНА И. ?
VII   25 heller Inscription HELLERA missing. ?
VIII   1 krone Inscription KRUNA missing. ?
IX   20 heller Inscription xелера missing. ?
X   5, 10 heller КРУНА instead of xелера. ?
XI   25, 40 heller Letter O in BOSNA missing – B SNA. ?
XII   1 krone The last letter A in DRŽAVA missing – DRŽAV. ?
XIII   4 heller and 1 krone D and the last A in DRŽAVA missing – RŽAV. ?
XIV   1 krone D and in DRŽAVA missing – RŽAVA. ?
XV   1 krone The last letter A if DRŽAVA and letters BOSN in BOSNA missing – DRŽAV S.H.S. A I HERCEGOVINA ?
XVI   1 krone Letters E, G and V HERCEGOVINA missing – HERC O NA. ?

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Inverted overprint SHS Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp inverted overprint Inverted overprint on YUGOSLAVIA stamp All values
2 Double overprint. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp double overprint error All values
3 Double overprint, one of them inverted. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp double inverted overprint error All values
4 Offset. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint offset error All values
5 Overprint in Latin instead of in Cyrillic script.   2, 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 heller, 3 krone.
6 Overprint in Cyrillic instead of in Latin script.   4, 6, 15, 25, 40 heller and 1 krone.
7 Shifted overprint – horizontally and vertically. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp shifted overprint error SHS Bosnia Yugoslavia shifted overprint error All values.

 

SPECIAL POSTAL USAGE
1 Postage dues used as franco stamps. SHS Bosnia postage due FRANCO overprint ?

 

Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes: Issues for Bosnia and Herzegovina


A. Definitive issue

After unification with the Kingdom of Serbia the new state was formed – the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In 1919 stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina, issues of 1906, 1912 and 1916, were overprinted in letterpress in black and red color with new country name in Latin (KRALJEVSTVO S.H.S) and in Cyrillic (КРАЉЕВСТВО С.Х.С) scripts.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS On values Description Field number
I   3, 5, 20/35, 25, 30, 40, 45, 45/80, 50/72, 60, 80, 90 heller and 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 krone Without the “mask” over Emperor’s head.
Note: probably intentionally produced.
?
II   3, 45/80 heller and 2, 10 krone Word KRALJEVSTVO missing. ?
III   5 heller The upper horizontal canceling line aligned to the lower on the left side. 44
IV   5 heller The upper horizontal canceling line missing. 50
V   5, 25 heller Inscription S.H.S. standing ½ cm lower. 77
VI   3 heller The second letter S in S.H.S. missing – S.H. 68
VII   5, 25 heller Letter K in KRALJEVSTVO missing – RALJEVSTVO 1
VIII   50/72 heller Without the left canceling box ?
IX   45/80 heller Numeral 5 in 45 thick. ?
X SHS Bosnia 1919 overprint error lower corner 3, 10/6, 20/35 and 45/80 heller. Lower right corner of the “mask” over Emperor’s face missing. 74 (3 heller), 45 (10/6 heller), 78 (20/35 heller), 78 (45/80 heller)
XI 45/80, 60 heller and 3 krone Upper left corner of the “mask” over Emperor’s face missing. 16, 52 (45/80 heller), 7 (60 heller), 27 (3 krone)
XII   30, 60 heller Lower left corner of the “mask” over Emperor’s face missing. 23 (30 and 60 heller)
XIII Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error comma 2 krone
Complete sheet
Left side of the dot after the first letter S in S.H.S. missing (the “comma flaw”) 48 (2 krone)

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Inverted overprint.   All values
2 Double overprint. SHS Bosnia 1919 double overprint error SHS Bosnia 1919 double overprint error All values
3 Double overprint, one of them inverted.   All values
4 Double overprint, both inverted.   5 heller
5 Triple overprint.   3, 5, 10/6, 20/35, 25, 30, 45, 45/80, 50/72, 60, 80, 90 heller and 10 krone
6 Rotated overprint (90°).   All values, with exception of 50 heller
7 Offset   All values
8 Shifted overprint – horizontally or vertically. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp shifted overprint error All values
OTHER VARIETIES, PROBABLY INTENTIONALLY PRODUCED
9 The mask on the overprint on 2 krone stamp.   2 krone
10 Both regular and rotated overprint.   All values (?)
11 Overprint in Latin instead of in Cyrillic script.   3, 20/35, 30, 50, 60, 90 heller and 3, 5 krone
12 Overprint in Cyrillic instead of in Latin script.   5, 10/6, 25, 80 heller and 2, 4, 10 krone
13 Double overprint, one in Cyrillic the other in Latin script.   ?
14 Double overprint in Latin script, one in black and the other in red color.   ?
15 Double overprint in Latin script, one in black and the other in red color, the black overprint inverted.   ?

 

OTHER OBSERVED VARIETIES NOT MENTIONED IN LITERATURE
1 Position of the “mask” shifting to the left. SHS Bosnia 1919 overprint error canceling block shifted 90 heller

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT OR COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Upper left side of the “mask” damaged. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error damaged mask
2 A dot in the upper left corner of the “mask”. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error a dot in the corner
3 Circle shaped hole in the “mask”. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage stamp overprint error circle in the mask
4 Left side of the “mask” damaged.
5 Lower right corner of the mask damaged, almost missing.
6 Upper left corner of the mask almost completely missing.

 

B. Postage dues

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS On values Description Field number
I   40 heller Numeral 4 in denomination thin. Only one sheet.

 

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Inverted overprint.   All values
2 Double overprint.   2, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 heller and 1, 3, 4 krone
3 Offset. Yugoslavia Bosnia Herzegovina postage due stamp overprint offset error All values
4 Shifted overprint, horizontally or vertically.    

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT OR COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Colorless spot at the top of the right canceling block. 20 heller

 

Bibliography


  1. Fleck, Vladimir (1941): Priručnik Maraka Hrvatskih Zemalja, Book 1, Tome 2, Hrvatski Filatelistički Savez, Zagreb
  2. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade). YU ISSN 0351-4447