Saturday, December 31, 2016

1945 SARAJEVO, Stationery

Sarajevo local provisional issue stamps were on sale for only three days, from 4.7.1945 to 6.7.1945, when they were withdrawn from the post office counters. On the other hand, stationery postcards were used from Jun and until the whole stock was used up in April 1946. Therefore, there are quite a lot preserved stationery postcards available on the market and it is important to know which are more valuable than others - here is a quick guide:
  • stationery postcards of type III (see here)
  • stationery postcards with censorship marks send before 2.7.1945
  • stationery postcards sent abroad or sent from the outside of Bosnia
  • the combination of the above

1945 Sarajevo local provisional issue, stationery type Ia, sent from Ljubljana (14.07.1945) to Sarajevo. Rare usage from the outside of Bosnia.

Friday, December 23, 2016

1945 SLOVENIA, Forgeries

All three Slovenian provisional issues (Ljubljana, Maribor and Murska Sobota) have been overprinted with the same overprint composition that was adjusted only to the size and orientation of base stamps.

Recently, somebody showed me a negative to be used for etching the cliches, but under the high magnification it turns out that it is a fake. See more about the forgeries here.


Enlargement shows dotted structure that is typical of today's printers.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

1941 UŽICE, Stationery

The Republic of Užice was a short-lived liberated Yugoslav territory and the first liberated territory in World War II Europe, organized as a military mini-state that existed in the autumn of 1941 in the western part of the Serbia. The Republic was established by the Partisan resistance movement (see more). On the liberated area postal service was functioning fairly normal. In addition to German occupation stamps, some provisional attempts were in use too.

1941 Republic of Užice, provisional stationery.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

1945 SARAJEVO, Largest known multiple

No complete sheets of any value have been preserved. The largest known multiple is a half sheet of 2 Din / 2 Kn on the offset paper. Analyzing typical errors of base stamps shows that this half sheet is a left part (positions 1-95) of fourth printing cylinder plate. 

1945 Sarajevo local provisional issue, the largest known multiple.

White spot just behind the right side of the coat-of-arms - position 1.

White spot below the "U" in "KUNE" - position 55.

Friday, December 9, 2016

1942/43 BERANE @ auction

You can bid for the five "Berane" stamps at the next Drei Löwen auction. It will be interesting to see whether they will be sold or not...

1942/43 controversial Berane stamps