Kingdom of Yugoslavia, postage dues


9 April 1921. Provisional issue, prepared stamps with effigy of Regent Alexander I, overprinted with new values in red (10 para) and in black (30 para) color. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100.

The stamp itself was intended to be used as a definitive stamp on the whole territory of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. However, the design was rejected by decision makers and printing was stopped. Printing of first definitives was entrusted to American Bank Note Co in New York, while the stock of rejected, already printed stamps was used as a provisional issue of postage dues.

In total, 837.000 stamps were overprinted with 10 para overprint in red color and 3.740.000 stamps with 30 para in black color.

Color that was used for overprinting is water sensitive: it may partially or fully dissolve when soaked in water.

In some post offices these stamps were overprinted FRANCO and used as definitives.

Constant varieties of basic stamp

Stamps were in use until 22 September 1928.

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF BASIC STAMP Description Field
I Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp plate flaw: Second letter A in HRVATA white Second letter A in HRVATA white. ?
II Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp plate flaw: Letters P and A in PARA damaged Letters P and A in PARA damaged. ?
III Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp plate flaw: Letters O and V in SLOVEN retouched Letters O and V in SLOVEN retouched. ?
IV Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp plate flaw: Dot between letters O and V in SLOVEN Dot between letters O and V in SLOVEN. ?
Va Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp plate flaw: Letter Н in СЛОВЕН with two horizontal lines Letter Н in СЛОВЕН with two horizontal lines. ?
Vb Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp plate flaw: Letter Н in СЛОВЕН with thick horizontal line Letter Н in СЛОВЕН with thick horizontal line. ?
VI Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp plate flaw: Upper left frame broken in the lower left frame of denomination box
Another example
Upper left frame broken in the lower left frame of denomination box. ?

 

Possible constant or coincidental varieties of basic stamps

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 Green spot on the right frame Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp error: Green spot on the right frame
2 Letter A in PARA with colored spot and broken Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp error: Letter A in PARA with colored spot and broken
3 Green spot near king’s chin. Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp error: Green spot near king’s chin
4 Colored line below the frame on the left side Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp error: Colored line below the frame on the left side

 

Types of overprints

OVERPRINT TYPES
10 PARA Description
Yugoslavia 1921, 10 para postage due, overprint type 1
Type I
Yugoslavia 1921, 10 para postage due, overprint type 2
Type II
Yugoslavia 1921, 10 para postage due, overprint type 3
Type III
Type I:

  • numeral 1 in denomination exactly below letters О and Р in ПОРТО.

Type II:

  • numeral 1 in denomination below letter О in ПОРТО.

Type III:

  • numeral 1 in denomination below letter Р in ПОРТО.
30 PARA Description
Yugoslavia 1921, 30 para postage due, overprint type 1
Type I
Yugoslavia 1921, 30 para postage due, overprint type 3
Type III
Yugoslavia 1921, 30 para postage due, overprint type 4
Type IV
Yugoslavia 1921, 30 para postage due, overprint type 5
Type V
Type I:

  • numeral 3 in denomination exactly below letters О and Р in ПОРТО.

Type II:

  • numeral 3 in denomination exactly below letters О and Р in ПОРТО,
  • numeral 3 thick.

Type III:

  • numeral 3 in denomination exactly below letters О and Р in ПОРТО,
  • zero in denomination thick and standing higher than numeral 3.

Type IV:

  • numeral 3 in denomination exactly below letter О in ПОРТО,
  • zero in denomination exactly below letter P in ПОРТО.

Type V:

  • numeral 3 in denomination exactly below letter Р in ПОРТО.

Type VI:

  • numeral 3 in denomination exactly below letter Р in ПОРТО,
  • zero in denomination thick and standing higher than numeral 3.

 

Constant varieties of overprints

CONSTANT VARIETIES ON 10 PARA OVERPRINT Description
I Yugoslavia 1921, postage due overprint flaw: numeral 1 in overprint flat on top Numeral 1 in overprint flat on top. ?

 

Coincidental varieties of overprints

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Overprint omitted. Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due stamp error: overprint omitted
1 Offset Yugoslavia 1921, postage due, overprint error, offset
1 Numeral zero damaged Yugoslavia 1921 provisional postage due overprint error: damaged zero

 

22 October 1921 – 4 June 1922. The first definitive issue of postage due stamps – numbers in oval circle.

Designed by M. Peroš and engraved by D. Vagner. Stamps were printed in letterpress by State Printing Works in Belgrade on smooth white paper with network structure, perforation 11½.

Values of 10 para – 2 din
Printing plates were produced by a local company in zincographic technique. The stamps were printed in two runs in sheets of 25 (5 x 5), the second run of 2 din stamps were printed in sheets of 50 (5 x 10). Image dimensions 22½:28 mm.

Values of 5 – 50 din
Printing plates for 5, 10, 25 and 50 din stamps were produced in State Printing Works in Vienna. Stamps were printed in sheets of 100 (10 x 10). Image dimensions 21½:28 mm.

Types

TYPES APPEARING ON SEVERAL DENOMINATIONS Field number
I Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Dot on letter V in KRALJEV.
Another 10 para exampe
50 para: example 1, example 2
1 din: example 1, example 2
2 din: example 1, example 2
Dot on letter V in KRALJEV. ?
II Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Colored line in letter П in ПОРТО (the ШОРТО flaw). 10 para
2 din
Colored line in letter П in ПОРТО (the ШОРТО flaw). 10 para: 5, 11, 13-18, 20, 21, 24, 25
30 para: 1, 4-6, 8, 11, 14-16, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25
Other values: ?
III Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Letter C in СРБА broken, lower inscription SRBA, HRVATA I smudged.
Another 1 dinar example
30 para: example 1 example 2 Letter C in СРБА broken, lower inscription SRBA, HRVATA I smudged. ?

 

Constant varieties

CONSTANT VARIETIES
50 para, violet Field number
I Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Letter C in СРБА deformed, dot in letter V in KRALJEV., small circle on top left side of zero.
Another example
Letter C in СРБА deformed, dot in letter V in KRALJEV., small circle on top left side of zero. ?
II Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Left frame broken next to letter В in КРАЉЕБ. Broken.
Another example
Left frame broken next to letter В in КРАЉЕБ. Broken. ?
III Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Small indentation in top left frame next to letter С of СРБА, dark spot below loop of letter P in PORTO.
Another example
Small indentation in top left frame next to letter С of СРБА, dark spot below loop of letter P in PORTO. ?
IV Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Letter V in KRALJEV. Broken at the bottom.
Another example
Letter V in KRALJEV. Broken at the bottom. ?
V Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Vertical stroke of letter P in PARA broken, dot on left frame above letter Љ КРАЉЕВ., black dot after letter П in ПОРТО.
Another example
Vertical stroke of letter P in PARA broken, dot on left frame above letter Љ КРАЉЕВ., black dot after letter П in ПОРТО. ?
VI Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Letter T in HRVATA deformed (on Type I stamp).
Another example
Letter T in HRVATA deformed (on Type I stamp). ?
VII Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White spot before letter O in PORTO (On Type I stamp)
Another example
White spot before letter O in PORTO (On Type I stamp) ?
2 din, blue Field number
I Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Colored spot on lower left frame next to letter S of SRBA, second vertical stroke of letter Н in ДИН broken and dot after ДИН missing, double impression at the end of numeral 2, colored spot over letter T in PORTO.
Another example
Colored spot on lower left frame next to letter S of SRBA, second vertical stroke of letter Н in ДИН broken and dot after ДИН missing, double impression at the end of numeral 2, colored spot over letter T in PORTO. 10

 

Possible constant varieties

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
1 din, brown
1 Inscription PORTO on dark background. Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Inscription PORTO on dark background.
2 din, blue
1 Letter Р in СРБА deformed, looks like D. Yugoslavia 1921 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Letter Р in СРБА deformed, looks like D.

 

Coincidental varieties

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Wrong color: brown instead of red.
During print preparation one 10 para form was accidentally inserted into 10 din plate. When noticed, the stamp with error was withdrawn from circulation. About 1.054 examples exist.

 

July 1923 – May 1931. Numbers in oval circle, the second definitive issue of postage due stamps.

Yugoslavia postage due, used halved
Stamps of this issue
were also used halved.

The second issue was printed in letterpress by State Printing Works in Belgrade, using Vienna made printing plates. Image dimensions 21½:28 mm, different paper types and perforations. Stamps were printed in sheets of 100 (10 x 10).

Stamps were printed between 1923 and 1931 in 10 runs using different paper and gum types, perforations, plate layouts, etc. For more detail click here to access the table.

Valid until 30 November 1931.

Constant varieties

Constant varieties
50 para, violet Description Field
I Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp flaw: Colored dot between letters П and О in ПОРТО Colored dot between letters П and О in ПОРТО ?
II Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp flaw: Letters Р and Б in СРБА connected with a dot Letters Р and Б in СРБА connected with a dot ?
III Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp flaw: Horizontal line in letter Б in СРБА damaged Horizontal line in letter Б in СРБА damaged ?
IV Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp flaw: White dot on the upper left side of the letter О in ПОРТО
Another example
White dot on the upper left side of the letter О in ПОРТО. ?
V Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp flaw: Letters SLOVE in SLOVENACA and С and В in СЛОВЕНАЦА damaged
Another example
Letters SLOVE in SLOVENACA and С and В in СЛОВЕНАЦА damaged. ?
1 dinar, brown Description Field
I Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp flaw: Broken frame below letter V of HRVATA, the letter V is damaged Broken frame below letter V of HRVATA, the letter V is damaged ?
II Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp flaw: Damaged base of the letter T Damaged base of the letter T in PORTO ?

 

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)

10 para, rose Description
1 Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp error: Colored horizontal line between letters П and О in ПОРТО Colored horizontal line between letters П and О in ПОРТО.
50 para, violet Description
1 Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp error: Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp error: Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И, horizontal dent Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp error: Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И, sloping Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И. (Note the difference between dents: they can be sloping or horizontal)
2 Yugoslavia 1923 2 din postage due stamp error: Right frame damaged next to letter В in СЛОВЕНАЦА Right frame damaged next to letter В in СЛОВЕНАЦА.
1 dinar, brown Description
1 Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp error: Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И

 

2 May 1928. Numbers in oval circle overprinted with new values. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100.

High denomination postage dues of 25 and 50 dinars were used for paying postal customs taxes. From April 1927 the tax was to be paid in cash and there was no need for high denominations anymore. Unused stocks of stamps were overprinted with lower value. There are three types of overprint:

Both denominations were overprinted with the same form.

In overprinting process stamps from different runs were used. Stamps with brighter colors and good quality perforation are from the 6th run, badly perforated stamps are from the 4th run.

Types of overprints

Both stamps Description
Yugoslavia 1928 postage due stamp types of number 1
Yugoslavia 1923 postage due stamp error: Types of number 1
Types I and II
Type I:

  • numeral 1 regular.

Type II:

  • numeral 1 prolonged.

Type III:

  • numeral 1 shorter than zero.

 

Coincidental varieties

Misplaced overprint Description
1 Yugoslavia, 1928, postage dues with misplaced overprint Overprint misplaced
Overprint partially missing Description
1 Yugoslavia, postage dues with partially missing overprint Yugoslavia, postage dues with partially missing overprint Partially missing overprint.

 

1931/32 – 1940. Definitive issue of postage due stamps: Coat of Arms, without inscription Д.ВАГНЕР below bottom frame.

Designed by Sreten Pavlović and engraved by D. Vagner. Printed in State Printing Works in Belgrade in letterpress in sheets of 100 (10 x 10). Printing sheets consisted of 200 stamps. Perforation comb 12½.

Constant varieties

CONSTANT VARIETIES
1 din, deep magenta Field number
I Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Dot after numeral 1.
Another example
Dot after numeral 1. ?
II Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White spot in upper right corner of denomination box.
Another example
White spot in upper right corner of denomination box. ?
III Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White spot in front of numeral 1.
Another example
White spot in front of numeral 1. ?
IV Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Right box with letter D. connected to right frame by horizontal white line.
Another example
Right box with letter D. connected to right frame by horizontal white line. ?
V Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Lower left frame broken, white dot at the beginning of numeral 1.
Another example
Lower left frame broken, white dot at the beginning of numeral 1. ?
VI Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White dot after numeral 1.
Another example
White dot after numeral 1. ?
2 din, deep blue Field number
I Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White dot close to the right border of denomination box.
Another example
White dot close to the right border of denomination box. 3

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
50 para, violet
1 White dot touching numeral 5. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White dot touching numeral 5.
2 Bottom frame below letter П. Broken. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Bottom frame below letter П. Broken.
3 Top frame of denomination box broken, numeral 5 dark at bottom. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Top frame of denomination box broken, numeral 5 dark at bottom.
4 Comma after letter П in ПОРТО. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Comma after letter П in ПОРТО.
1 din, deep magenta
1 Lower right corner damaged. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Lower right corner damaged.
2 White dot in front of numeral 1. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White dot in front of numeral 1.
3 Apostrophe after letter D. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Apostrophe after letter D.
4 Lower right corner broken. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Lower right corner broken.
5 Dot in upper left corner of the box with letter D. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: Dot in upper left corner of the box with letter D.
2 din, deep blue
1 White scratch below the first letter Ј in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА. Yugoslavia 1931 Postage due stamp plate flaw: White scratch below the first letter Ј in ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА.

 

5 September 1933. Numbers in oval circle overprinted ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА / JUGOSLAVIJA.
Printed in sheets of 100.

Coincidental varieties

Inverted overprint Description
1 Inverted overprint Inverted overprint Inverted overprints.

 

Bibliography


  1. Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade), YU ISSN 0351-4447.
  2. Novak, Dragan: Priručnik maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1951), Tome 9, Filatelistički savez Hrvatske (Zagreb).