Sunday, February 17, 2019

1943 SPLIT, Overprint flaws 4/4

This is a last part of a post about the 1943 Split issue overprint flaws. For the first post in a series, click here.

  
Positions 50, 60 and 61.
50 - Second letter A is damaged. Vertical stroke of K in left Kn is broken.
60 - Incision in lower part of U. Spot to the right of U. Letter N without of serif tu upper right.
61 - Irregular spot to left (the size depends on strength of the overprint and color saturation).

  
Positions 64, 68 and 86.
64 - Vertical down stroke of letter N is broken. 
68 - Lower part of letter S is damaged.
86 - Vertical down stroke of letter N is broken.

 
Positions 91 and 94.
91 - Small second dot between figures 3 and 5 (3:5).
94 - Horizontal stroke of letter H is missing.


For a complete article order:
ACTA PHILATELICA NOVA 2015
Croatian philatelic almanac
Independent State of Croatia
1943 Unreleased Local Issue for Dalmatia


Chapters:

Introduction
Catalogue Listing
Overprint
Overprint Errors
Constant and Part-Constant Overprint Flaws
Varieties of Underlying Stamps
Interesting Examples
Forgeries
Valuation
Conclusion
Literature

To order please contact me at alesmarinsek67@gmail.com

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Philatelists convention in Ljubljana

Today, I was positively surprised by the crowd at the philatelist convention in Ljubljana. In addition to regular weekly meetings, these conventions are organized four times a year...

Crowd at the convention.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

1943 SPLIT, Overprint flaws 3/4

This is a continuation of a post about the 1943 Split issue overprint flaws. For the first post in a series, click here.

  
Positions 35, 37 and 38.
35 - Incision to lower part of zero.
37 - Letter N without serif to upper right. Lower part of figure 5 is damaged.
38 - Letter K is truncated to upper right.

  
Positions 41, 44 and 45.
41 - Upper stroke of K in left Kn is broken.
44 - Shortened horizontal stroke of figure 3.
45 - First letter A is damaged.

  
Positions 46, 47 and 48.
46 - Stroke of figure 3 truncated at an acute angle.
47 - Letter N in N.D. broken to upper right. Lower part of letter S is damaged.
48 - Spot on second letter A. Lower stroke of letter R twisted upwards. Letter K is broken.

For a part 4/4 click here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

1945 DFJ - Late usage of Vuk stationery

This is the oldest use of a non overprinted Vuk stationery, which I have seen so far...

Vuk 1,50 din stationery, sent from Lazarevac (11.VI.45) to Beograd, via Valjevo (11.VI.45) where it was censored by the military censor.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

1943 SPLIT, Overprint flaws 2/4

This is a continuation of a post about the 1943 Split issue overprint flaws. For the first post in a series, click here.

    
Positions 10,11 and 12
10 - Broken letter N.
11 - Letter N without serif to upper right. Incision to base of figure 5.
12 - Incision to upper arc of figure 5.

    
Positions 13, 22 and 26.
13 - Dot after D is small or missing.
22 - Dash above letter K.
26 - Letter S is broken.

    
Positions 29, 30 and 31.
29 - Letter S is broken. Letter N without serif to upper right.
30 - Incision to lower part of letter K.
31 - Letter S is broken.

For a part 3/4 click here.

Monday, February 4, 2019

1944 SENTA, Amateurish forgeries

WTF is this...

Senta fakes on eBay.

I have never seen such amateurish forgeries.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

1943 SPLIT, Overprint flaws 1/4

The majority of flaws are minor and relatively insignificant, but there are a few major and more attractive examples, e.g. missing upper right stroke of K (position 38), colored spot on the second A (position 48) or indented U (position 60) etc. Altogether 32 constant and part-constant flaws have been noted which most collectors should be able to identify without major effort.

Positions showing constant and part-constant flaws.


    
Positions 1,3 and 4
1 - Dot after D is small or missing. Upper stroke of K is broken.
3 - Dot after D is small or missing.
4 - Letter R is broken.

    
Positions 6,7 and 8
6 - Letter N without serif to upper right.
7 - Letter N without serif to upper right.
8 - Broken letter N. Figure 3 with straight edge to left.


For a part 2/4 click here.
For a part 3/4 click here.
For a part 4/4 click here.

For a complete article order:

ACTA PHILATELICA NOVA 2015
Croatian philatelic almanac
Independent State of Croatia
1943 Unreleased Local Issue for Dalmatia


Chapters:

Introduction
Catalogue Listing
Overprint
Overprint Errors
Constant and Part-Constant Overprint Flaws
Varieties of Underlying Stamps
Interesting Examples
Forgeries
Valuation
Conclusion
Literature

To order please contact me at alesmarinsek67@gmail.com

Thursday, January 31, 2019

1945 MOSTAR, Flaws on rare paper

The three most famous typical flaws in this issue are:
  • Demokrntska instead of Demokratska (field 49)
  • Jngoslavija instead of Jugoslavija (field 70)
  • Jugosiavija instead of Jugoslavija (field 85)
Stamps with these flaws are not rare. However, if you take into account also a rarity of some types of papers you can get extremely rare combination...

1945 Mostar local provisional issue, No. 2, 10/0.5 Kn, a set of three, each with a typical flaw (in the following order: Demokrntska, Jngoslavija and Jugosiavija), all on intaglio paper.  Extremely rare - only 2 copies of each could exist and most likely unique as a set of all three. Ex Tiberio.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Paper thickness gauge

In some cases a type of a paper is very important. A good example is stamp No. 9 (50/7 kn Slavonija) from the 1945 DFJ Mostar issue. This stamp exists on intaglio paper and has a price a few tens of euros. However, there are also 50 pieces on the offset paper whose value is 700 euros or even more. Therefore, it is very important that we know how to determine the type of the paper. One of the methods is paper thickness measurement.

A few days ago I got a new, super accurate, paper thickness gauge. Its accuracy is one thousandth of a millimeter.
My new paper thickness gauge.

I checked some of my old measurements and here are the results for the Croatian Landscapes issue:
  • Offset paper: 0.085 - 0.095 mm
  • Intaglio paper: 0.071 - 0.080 mm
  • Porous paper: 0.078 - 0.091 mm
  • Pelure paper: 0.050 - 0.057 mm

Monday, January 28, 2019

Celje, cancellers used in 1945

After the liberation and until the beginning of 1946, different adapted and new postal cancellers were used in Celje. So far, I have found three of them...

Letter sent from Celje (4.IX.45) to Sisak. Canceled with "CELJE C / 1" adapted canceller. 

"CELJE C / 1" adapted canceller.
(click on the image for a larger view)


Registered letter sent from Celje (12.X.45) to Sisak. Canceled with "CELJE a" adapted canceller.

"CELJE a" adapted canceller.
(click on the image for a larger view)


Letter sent from Celje (1.XII.45) to Sisak. Canceled with new "CELJE 4" canceller.

New "CELJE 4" canceller.
(click on the image for a larger view)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1943 Letter from/to the concentration camp

Despite the fact that I do not collect concentration camps (yet?), I was attracted by a very interesting letter sent from the concentration camp Arbe to the concentration camp Asolo. I do not know whether this is rare or not, but I have not seen anything like this until now...

 
1943 WWII Civilian internees, letter sent from the concentration camp Arbe, Fiume (21.9.43) to the concentration camp Asolo, Treviso (29.9.43), censored by Italian and German censors. 

This is a very interesting letter also from the perspective of the period since it was sent after the capitulation of Italy. Concentration camp Arbe was disbanded on 11.9.1943, but it is known that all internees were not freed at that time. In particular, the Jews who were later deported by German forces to the Auschwitz. In addition, I do not know if the date "21 SET 1943" was stamped when the letter was sent or when it was somewhere in the transit. I have to check this...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

1943/44 ŠIBENIK, An extraordinary letter

Collectors of the first and second Šibenik issue highly appreciate Novak's correspondence. These are purely non philatelic items of which the vast majority are stationery. Letters are very rare, so you can imagine how happy I was when I found this great Novak's letter...

 
1943/44 Šibenik local provisional issue, second weight registered letter, franked with 17,5 kn (0,50 kn underfranked as the tariff was: 7 kn for the second weight letter, 9 kn for registration and 2 kn for war tax), sent from Šibenik (11.IV.44) to Slavonska Požega (9.V.44), via Drniš (17.IV.44). From the Novak's correspondence.