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Serbia Stamps

Definitives of 1866-1869


The first definitive Serbia stamps were issued during 1866.  The two common designs featured the Coat of Arms of Serbia and the portrait of Prince Mihailo III Obrenović.



The two Serbia stamps shown above were issued during 1866 for use only as newspaper stamps.  They are both imperforate on colored paper of various types.

The common design features the Coat of Arms of Serbia.

The catalog attributes, for stamps printed on paper that is colored through, are as follows:

  • 01 P.  (1866 - Sc. #1) - Dark Green on Dark Violet Rose.

The catalog attributes, for stamps printed on thin to thick surface-colored paper, are as follows:

  • 01 P.  (1866 - Sc. #2) - Dark Green on Lilac Rose, Olive Green on Rose, Yellow Green on Pale Rose.
  • 02 P.  (1866 - Sc. #3) - Red Brown on Lilac, Red Brown on Lilac Gray, Dull Green on Lilac Gray.



The three portrait definitive Serbian stamps shown above were issued during 1866.  These stamps are the Vienna Printings.  They are of fine quality, and they are perforated 12.

The common design features the portrait of Prince Mihailo III Obrenović.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 10 P.  (1866 - Sc. #4) - Orange.
  • 20 P.  (1866 - Sc. #5) - Rose.
  • 40 P.  (1866 - Sc. #6) - Blue.



The five portrait definitive Serbia stamps shown above were also issued during 1866.  These stamps are the Belgrade Printings.  They have a coarser appearance, and they are perforated 9 1/2.

The 1 Para and 2 Pare denomination stamps were issued for use only as newspaper stamps.

The catalog attributes, for stamps printed on regular paper, are as follows:

  • 01 P.  (1866 - Sc. #7) - Green.
  • 02 P.  (1866 - Sc. #8) - Bister Brown.
  • 20 P.  (1866 - Sc. #9) - Rose.
  • 40 P.  (1866 - Sc. #10) - Ultramarine.

The catalog attributes, for stamps printed on pelure paper, are as follows:

  • 10 P.  (1866 - Sc. #11) - Orange.
  • 20 P.  (1866 - Sc. #12) - Rose.
  • 40 P.  (1866 - Sc. #13) - Ultramarine.



The two portrait definitive Serbian stamps shown above were issued in 1868 and 1869 for use only as newspaper stamps.  They are both imperforate on ordinary paper.

The catalog attributes are as follows:

  • 01 P.  (1868 - Sc. #14) - Green.
  • 01 P.  (1869 - Sc. #14a) - Olive Green.
  • 02 P.  (1868 - Sc. #15) - Brown.
  • 02 P.  (1868 - Sc. #15a) - Bister Brown.

Forgeries of all the Prince Mihailo III Obrenović portrait definitive stamps are plentiful.  One should be VERY CAREFUL, especially when buying the more expensive varieties.





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Prince Mihailo III Obrenović


Mihailo (Michael) III Ob
renović (1823-1868) was the Prince of Serbia from 1839 to 1842, when he was overthrown and replaced by the house of Karađorđević, and from 1860 to 1868, when he was assassinated.  Having no children, he was succeeded by his nephew, Milan Ob
renović (Lived: 1854-1901, Prince: 1868-1882, King: 1882-1889).

Prince Mihailo III is now regarded as one of the most enlightened rulers of modern Serbia.  In 1866, he advocated the idea of creating a multi-state Balkan Alliance or a Balkan Federation to defend against domination by the Ottoman Empire.  It was an idea that, in hindsight, seems very similar to the rationale behind the creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, in the aftermath of World War I.