Definitive issue of 1919 – 40 vinar stamp, lithography



The 40 vinar stamp was printed twice in lithography technique. It was printed by press Tiskarna Blaznikovi nasledniki in Ljubljana as displayed in the table below:

Date Circulation Paper types Colors Perforation
20.-26. February 1919 2.583.000 Smooth white or yellowish paper
  • light brown
  • brownish yellow
  • brownish yellow
  • brown ocher
  • brown ocher
  • brownish orange
11½
September 1919 402.000 Smooth white or yellowish paper Not recorded 11½

Print plates

Schematic drawing, 40 vinar, lithography, types of sun rays on sheets of 50 and 100 stamps
40 vinar, lithography
types of sun rays

The exact layout of a press sheet is unknown. According to some authors it consisted of 450 stamps, divided into 7 sheets:

Typology based on sun rays

Print plates were produced by multiplication of a strip of 10 forms, each having different layout of sun rays. In sheets of 100 stamps, the types are uniformly distributed with each type in its own column, while in sheets of 50 (5 x 10) stamps there’s nonuniform distribution of types, as shown in schematic drawing above.

Types of sun rays
40 vinars, sun rays type 1
Type I
40 vinars, sun rays type 2
Type II
40 vinars, sun rays type 3
Type III
40 vinars, sun rays type 4
Type IV
40 vinars, sun rays type 5
Type V
40 vinars, sun rays type 6
Type VI
40 vinars, sun rays type 7
Type VII
40 vinars, sun rays type 8
Type VIII
40 vinars, sun rays type 9
Type IX
40 vinars, sun rays type 10
Type X

 

Other types

There are also other differences in design that correspond to the types of sun rays described above.

1. Distance between man’s head and zero
Zero close to head on types 8 and 9 Zero further away from head Distance from head and zero:

  • zero and head close together: types of sun rays 8 and 9,
  • zero and head wider apart: types 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10.
2. Differences in base of numeral 4 in denomination
Base of numeral 4: wide Base of numeral 4: left side of the line missing Base of numeral 4: line pointing downwards Base of numeral 4: normal Types of bases of numeral 4:

  • base of numeral 4 wide: type 7 of sun rays,
  • base of numeral 4 left side of the line missing: type 5 of sun rays,
  • base of numeral 4 pointing downwards: type 6 of sun rays,
  • base of numeral 4 normal: types 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 of sun rays.
3. The second letter S in SHS
Second letter S in SHS broken The second letter S in SHS broken. Type appears on field 2, 7, 17, 22, 27, 37, 44 and 47 (sheet of 50 stamps in layout 5 x 10).

 

Constant varieties

  Field Sheets
I Vertical line in numeral 4 broken Vertical line in numeral 4 broken 7 Complete sheet of 50 stamps (5 x 10):

II Colored dot on mountains below mount Triglav Colored dot on mountains below mount Triglav 12
III White dot in letter B in ДРЖАВА White dot in letter B in ДРЖАВА 28
IV White dot below letter P in ДРЖАВА White dot below letter P in ДРЖАВА 34
V White dot after the second letter S in SHS (stamp on the left) White dot after the second letter S in SHS 36
VI White dot next to the first letter S in SHS on the left (stamp on the right) White dot next to the first letter S in SHS on the left 37
VII White dot below letter P in ДРЖАВА White dot below letter P in ДРЖАВА 39

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