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Bosnia Herzegovina

Issues of 1916-1918

In October 1916, Bosnia Herzegovina again replaced their definitive series of postage stamps.


The new definitive postage stamps, shown in the scans above, were all issued between October 1 and October 31, 1916.  The frames are a little different than the previous definitive postage stamp issue, and the stamps are all engraved.  The Heller denominations are printed on white paper, and they feature a facing portrait of  Emperor Franz Josef I.  The Kroner denominations are printed on color toned paper, and they all feature a profile bust of the emperor.

This issue also exists imperforate.  Perforated and imperforate proofs are also available in various colors. 

The 80 H. and 90 H. denominations also exist perforated 11 1/2, rather than the normal 12 1/2 gauge.  These are much more valuable.


The two charity stamps shown at the left of the scan above were issued on July 10, 1915.  Each denomination was sold with a 2 Heller surcharge, which went to aid wounded war veterans.  The 5 Heller depicts an invalid veteran and the 10 Heller depicts a nurse leading a blind veteran.

The two special handling stamps shown at the right of the scan above were issued on October 25, 1916.  They are both engraved on white paper and depict a flying Mercury with lightening bolts.

The normal issue was perforated 12 1/2.  The 2 Heller exists perforated 11 1/2 x 12 1/2, and the 5 Heller exists perforated 11 1/2.  These are much more valuable than the regular perforation gauge.


The two charity stamps shown at the top of the scan above were issued on May 9, 1917.  Each denomination was sold with a 2 Heller surcharge, which went to aid wounded war veterans. 

The set shown at the bottom of the scan above was issued on June 28, 1917, to commemorate the third anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and Archduchess Sophia.  Each of the denominations was sold with a 2 Heller surcharge, which helped to build a memorial church at Sarajevo.  They depict the design for the memorial church at Sarajevo, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and Duchess Sophia and Archduke Francis Ferdinand.

These three stamps exist perforated 12 1/2, perforated 11 1/2, and imperforate.  None of the varieties are terribly expensive.


New new definitive postage stamps shown above were issued for Bosnia Herzegovina on July 1, 1917.  They are all engraved and feature the portrait of the new Emperor Karl I.  The normal issue was perforated 12 1/2.  A few of the stamps are known with other perforation gauges, some of which are very expensive.

These stamps also exist imperforate, in imperforated between pairs, and in trial color proofs, none of which are prohibitively expensive.


The two charity stamps shown at the top of the scan above were issued on March 1, 1918.  Each denomination was sold with a 2 Heller surcharge, which went to aid wounded war veterans.  The designs are identical to those of the July 1915 charity issue, but the colors are different.

These stamps also exist imperforate and as trial color proofs.

The set of stamps at the bottom of the scan above were issued on July 20, 1918.  Each of the stamps was sold with a 10 Heller surcharge, which went to the "Karl's Fund".  The three stamps depict Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita.

As with many other issues, these also exist imperforate and as proofs in various trial colors.


The two prior stamp issues shown above were overprinted "1918" in red and were used as 2 Heller postage stamps.  They were issued in Bosnia Herzegovina during September 1918.

There are many overprint errors on these two stamps, none of which are terribly expensive.


The set of postage due stamps, shown in the two scans above, were issued between December 1916 and July 1918.

These postage due stamps also come imperforate and as trial proofs in various colors.  Refer to the specialized catalogs for details.


In late 1918, a new set of 13 definitive stamps, similar to the one shown in the scan above, were prepared for use in Bosnia Herzegovina, but they were not issued there.  They were only sold at the Vienna post office for a few days following the Armistice.

Note:  The scan above is from the Scott Catalog.  I do not have any of these and could not locate any scans of this unissued set on the internet.  If anyone has this set and would like to donate a scan of it for use on this page, it would be greatly appreciated.  I will also add a footnote to the scan, identifying the person that donated it, if that is desired.




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