Monday, March 31, 2014

1945 MOSTAR, inverted overprints

Two nice examples of inverted overprints for Mostar provisional issue. First is a marginal pair of 30 kn / 3.50 kn with inverted and large shifted overprint. Second is 30 kn / 1 kn with inverted overprint and overprint offset on the back.


1945 Mostar local provisional issue, inverted overprints, both with Zrinjšćak certificate.

1945 SARAJEVO, complete set in block of four

Only four sets in block of four have been noted so far. Only this one was seen in last few decades, so looks like it is the only one that remained.

1945 Sarajevo local provisional issue, complete set in block of four. Certificate Ercegović and Veličković.

 Update:  Thanks to Mr. Vilfan, I found out where other three sets should be or at least where they formerly were. One of them is 100% confirmed because I saw its scan.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WWII, Essay for the first Yugoslavian stamp

In April 1944, the academic prof. Đorđe Andrejević - Kun  prepared a conceptual sketch for the first Yugoslavian stamp. Only 20 hand-made copies were made from the pear wood cliché with burgundy color on darkly yellow paper. Due to the heavy battles in Drvar and war situation in general this stamp was never issued.

Fakes exists, even with certificates!

Essay for the first Yugoslavian stamp on the left. Picture taken from the "Catalogue of postage stamps of Yugoslav areas, 1980" on the right.

Monday, March 24, 2014

1945 ZAGREB, Inverted overprints

Three inverted overprints are known for Zagreb provisional issue. Max 100 for each of them exists, but very few remains - especially for 160 kn / 0.50 kn on pelure paper that was discovered much later.

1945 Zagreb local provisional issue, 160 kn / 0.50 kn ordinary and pelure paper, 400 kn / 0.25 kn, inverted overprints. Certificate Zrinjšćak.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

1944 SENTA, Commemorative sheets - layout

There are three types of Senta commemorative sheets:

A) Single sheet with 11 low value stamps. 50 such sheets were issued.

B) Sheet pair with all 28 stamps. The first sheet (B1) contains 11 stamps Mi: V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XI, P1, PI, PII, PIII and 8, the second sheet (B2) contains all 17 remaining stamps. Note that all higher value stamps are on the first sheet (B1)! Only 16 such sheet pairs were prepared and only few remains in existence.

It is interesting that sheets A and B2 have constant layout. I have not seen a case where the positions differ significantly.

Layout of sheet A.

Layout of sheet B2.

On the other hand, I saw three different layouts of sheet B1, two of them with 11 stamps and one with 10 stamps only.

Sheet B1 with carmine brown 24f (Mi 8) at the bottom. Symmetric layout.

Sheet B1 with carmine brown 24f on the right side. Asymmetric layout.


Sheet B1 without carmine brown 24f.

Monday, March 10, 2014

1945 MOSTAR, multiple errors

Large vertical and horizontal overprint shift, five-pointed star on the sheet margin and paper fold. Everything on the single piece.

1945 Mostar local provisional issue, block of four with multiple errors.

Nice paper fold on the upper right stamp.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

1945 SPLIT, double overprint

Double overprint that occurred when the stamp paper accidentally slapped back on to the plate. There are very few known examples of double overprints for Split issue.


1945 Split local provisional issue, 50 kn, double overprint. Certifikate Krstić. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

1945 ZAGREB, rare paper

Only three sheets of 160 kn / 0.50 kn were overprinted on pelure paper (plus one with inverted overprint). I found a really nice and unique corner side block of four.

1945 Zagreb local provisional issue, 160 kn / 0.50 kn on pelure paper, bottom left corner block of four. Max 75 exists. Cerificate Zrinjšćak.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

1945 ZAGREB, imperforate vertically

In 2010, 65 years after the issue, an important speciality has been discovered: Zagreb 80 kn / 2 kn, single sheet was left imperforate vertically between the second and third row. See: Mladen Vilfan, 1945 Provisional Issues of Croatia and Bosna and Hercegovina, Supplement, page 64.

1945 Zagreb local provisional issue, 80 kn / 2 kn, block of four, inperforated vertically. 
Max 5 exists. Certificate Vilfan.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

1945 NDH, Storm Division

Four types of Storm Division block exists! The type can be determined by analyzing small differences of handmade initials O.A.

1945 NDH, Storm Division block type IV. Certificate Zrinjšćak.


O.A. initials on block type IV.

For detailed description and O.A. characteristics for other three types see: Predrag Zrinjšćak & Stipan Vuković, Der Block für Die I. Kroatische Sturmdivision, Acta Philatelica Nova 2011, Croatian philatelic almanac.

I would like to get all four types, so if you are selling block types I, II or III (MNH) you can give me your offer.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

1944 SENTA, Overprint offsets

Due to the process of overprint for Senta (multiple phases in red and black color) we can find vast variety of overprint offset results. 


1944 Senta local provisional issue, full and partial overprint offsets.