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Issues of King Alexander I. Facing to the Right


The definitive issue of 1926/27

Stamps were designed by Dušan Wagner and printed in sheets of 100 by State Printing Works in Belgrade in letterpress. Stamps of this issue were printed on three different paper types:

Although stamps were comb perforated 12½ interesting mixed perforations exsist (partly perforated sheets were returned to the printing works where they were sometimes perforated on other machines):

Stamps of this issue were put in circulation in a succession:

  1. 25 January 1926: 25, 50 para and 1 din;
  2. 10 March 1926: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 din;
  3. 2 March 1927: 15, 20 and 30 din.

Constant varieties

CONSTANT VARIETIES Field number
I Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp plate flaw: Blue dot on number 3 on the left side. Blue dot on number 3 on the left side. ?

 

Coincidental varieties

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Paper folds during printing process. Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp error: Paper folds during printing process
2 Paper crease. Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp plate error: Paper crease Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp paper crease
3 Donuts (foreign particles on printing plate). Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp foreign particles on printing plate Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp plate error: Donuts (foreign particles on printing plate)

 

Definitive issue with surcharge for victims of flooding

The stamps were in obligatory use in inland postal traffic between 1 and 30 November 1926. Between 18 June and 23 August 1928 three stamps were again put in circulation, this time as definitive stamps with face value of denomination + surcharge (25+25 para as 50 para, 50+50 para as 1 dinar and 1 dinar + 0.50 para as 1.50 dinar stamp).

To collectors complete sets were available at post offices in Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo between 1 July and 31 August 1928 and again between 15 December 1933 and 14 December 1934. Unsold copies were destroyed in 1935.

It is interesting to note that values of 15, 20 and 30 din came to circulation first surcharged and then, on 2 March 1927 without surcharge.

Constant varieties

CONSTANT VARIETIES OF OVERPRINTS Field number
I Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp overprint error: Thin plus sign in overprint Yugoslavia postage stamp overprint variety Thin plus sign in overprint Thin plus sign in overprint. Variety appears only on 25+25 para and 50+50 para stamps. 25+25 para: once in the second row in a sheet
50+50 para: 62. field

 

Coincidental varieties

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
25 + 25 para
1 Overprint offset. Yugoslavia postage stamp overprint offset
1 + 0.50 din
1 Horizontal line in + not printed. Yugoslavia 1926 postage stamp plate flaw: Horizontal line in + not printed
10 + 1 din
1 Overprint offset. Yugoslavia postage stamp offset of the first overprint

 

Stamps overprinted ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА / JUGOSLAVIJA

The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was on 3 October 1929 renamed into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. On 5 September 1933 a provisional definitive issue with stamps of King Alexander facing to the right, overprinted with new country name ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА / JUGOSLAVIJA in black color, was prepared by State Printing Works.

Paper types in this issue are the same as in the definitive issue (1926/27), varieties in perforation are:

Possible constant varieties

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)
4 din, red orange
1 Broken L in both country names. Yugoslavia postage stamp overprint error broken L

 

Overprint ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА / JUGOSLAVIJA on surcharged stamps of 1926

On the same day as the previous issue, on 5 September 1933, the stamps with surcharge for the victims of flooding of 1926 were overprinted with the new country name and four horizontal lines over the surcharge.

Constant varieties of overprints

CONSTANT VARIETIES ON ALL VALUES Field number
I Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Missing I in JUGOSLAVIJA 25 para Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Missing I in JUGOSLAVIJA 50 para Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Missing I in JUGOSLAVIJA 1 dinar Missing letter I in JUGOSLAVIJA appears three times in every sheet on all three values. ?

 

Coincidental varieties

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1 Partial or full overprint offset. Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Partial offset Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Full offset Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint errorYugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Partial offset Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Offset Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error back Offset
2 Broken lines in overprint. Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error Broken lines

 

Other

OTHER
1 Misplaced surcharge on victims of flooding stamp. Yugoslavia 1933 postage stamp overprint error - misplaced surcharge

 

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)