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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. Making 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.

Stamps were in use until 22 September 1928.

Varieties on stamps

CONSTANT VARIETIES ON STAMP Description Field
I yugoslavia-1921-postage-due-error-bs-hrvata The second letter A in HRVATA filled ?
II yugoslavia-1921-postage-due-error-bs-para Letters P and A in PARA damaged ?
III yugoslavia-1921-postage-due-error-bs-sloven Letters O and V in SLOVEN retouched ?
IV yugoslavia-1921-postage-due-error-dot-sloven Dot between letters O and V in SLOVEN ?
Va yugoslavia-1921-postage-due-error-bs-sloven-b Letter Н in СЛОВЕН with two horizontal lines ?
Vb yugoslavia-1921-postage-due-error-bs-sloven-a Letter Н in СЛОВЕН with thick horizontal line ?
COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES ON STAMP (not mentioned in literature)
1 Green spot on the right frame Green spot on the right frame
2 Letter A in PARA with colored spot and broken Letter A in PARA with colored spot and broken
3 Green spot near king’s chin Green spot near king’s chin
4 Colored line below the frame on the left side Colored line below the frame on the left side

 

Types of overprints

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 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.

 

Varieties on overprints

CONSTANT VARIETIES ON 10 PARA OVERPRINT Description
I Yugoslavia 1921, postage due: numeral 1 in overprint flat on top Numeral 1 in overprint flat on top ?
Description
1 yugoslavia-1921-postage-due-30p-error-ov-missing Overprint missing
2 Yugoslavia 1921, postage due, overprint error, offset Offset

 

July 1923 – May 1931 Numbers in oval circle, the second issue. Image dimensions 21½:28 mm. Printed in letterpress in sheets of 100.

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

Valid until November 30th, 1931.

Constant varieties

50 para, violet Description
I Colored dot between letters П and О in ПОРТО Colored dot between letters П and О in ПОРТО
II Letters Р and Б in СРБА connected with a dot Letters Р and Б in СРБА connected with a dot
III Horizontal line in letter Б in СРБА damaged Horizontal line in letter Б in СРБА damaged
1 dinar, brown Description
I 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 Damaged base of the letter T Damaged base of the letter T in PORTO

 

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in literature)

50 para, violet Description
1 Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И Damaged frame between the last letter А in ХРВАТА and И, horizontal dent 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 White dot on the upper left side of the letter О in ПОРТО White dot on the upper left side of the letter О in ПОРТО
1 dinar, brown Description
1 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
Types of 1
Types of 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, 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

1933/09/05 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 (1948), Tome 8, Filatelistički savez Hrvatske (Zagreb).
  3. Novak, Dragan: Priručnik maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1951), Tome 9, Filatelistički savez Hrvatske (Zagreb).