Issues of King Alexander I. Facing to the Right
The definitive issue of 1926/27
Stamps were designed by Dušan Vagner 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:
- thin paper with net structure,
- smooth white paper with transparent points,
- “security paper”: thin and strong, when observed against the light multiple blue and red dots can be noted.
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):
- left side 9, other sides 12½: 50 para, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 and 15 din
- right side 9, other sides 12½: 2, 3 and 15 din
- left side 10½, other sides 12½: 50 para, 1, 2, 3 and 15 din
- right side 10½, other sides 12½: 2 and 8 din
Stamps of this issue were put in circulation in a succession:
- 25 January 1926: 25, 50 para and 1 din;
- 10 March 1926: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 din;
- 2 March 1927: 15, 20 and 30 din.
|CONSTANT VARIETIES||Field number|
|I||Blue dot on number 3 on the left side.||?|
|1||Paper folds during printing process.|
|3||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 OF OVERPRINTS||Field number|
|I||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
|25 + 25 para|
|1 + 0.50 din|
|1||Horizontal line in + not printed.|
|10 + 1 din|
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:
- left side 9, other sides 12½: 25 and 50 para, 1 and 2 din
- right side 9, other sides 12½: 3 din
- left side 10½, other sides 12½: 1 and 5 din
- right side 10½, other sides 11½: 50 para.
Possible constant varieties
|POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES (not mentioned in literature)|
|4 din, red orange|
|1||Broken L in both country names.|
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.
- Paper and perforation varieties are the same as in previous issues.
- Note also varieties of surcharge overprints of 1926.
Constant varieties of overprints
|CONSTANT VARIETIES ON ALL VALUES||Field number|
|I||Missing letter I in JUGOSLAVIJA appears three times in every sheet on all three values.||?|
|1||Partial or full overprint offset.|
|2||Broken lines in overprint.|
|1||Misplaced surcharge on victims of flooding stamp.|
- Katalog poštanskih maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1991), Jugomarka (Belgrade), YU ISSN 0351-4447
- Novak, Dragan: Priručnik maraka jugoslovenskih zemalja (1948), Tome 8, Filatelistički savez Hrvatske (Zagreb)