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Stamps of Hungary

Definitives of 1871-1881

Postage stamps of Hungary first appeared in 1871.  Like their Austrian counterparts, there were a lot of printing and perforating changes during the period between 1871 and 1881.


The first definitive Hungarian stamps, shown above, were issued in 1871.

The central design features a right-facing portrait of Franz Josef I and the Crown of Saint Stephen.

The catalog attributes for these stamps of Hungary that are typographed on unwatermarked paper, and that are perforated 9 1/2 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1871 - Sc. #1) - Orange, Yellow, Dark Yellow.
  • 03 K.  (1871 - Sc. #2) - Light Green.
  • 05 K.  (1871 - Sc. #3) - Rose, Brick Red.
  • 10 K.  (1871 - Sc. #4) - Blue, Light Blue.
  • 15 K.  (1871 - Sc. #5) - Yellow Brown.
  • 25 K.  (1871 - Sc. #6) - Violet, Bright Violet.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on unwatermarked paper, and that are perforated 9 1/2 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1871 - Sc. #7) - Orange, Yellow.
  • 03 K.  (1871 - Sc. #8) - Green, Blue Green.
  • 05 K.  (1871 - Sc. #9) - Rose, Brick Red.
  • 10 K.  (1871 - Sc. #10) - Deep Blue.
  • 15 K.  (1871 - Sc. #11) - Brown, Copper Brown, Black Brown.
  • 25 K.  (1871 - Sc. #12) - Lilac.

These first stamps of Hungary that are found on watermarked paper and that are perforated 11 1/2 are reprints.


The five definitive stamps of Hungary shown above were issued in 1874 and 1881.

The new design features the Crown of Saint Stephen and the reverse of a letter envelope containing the denomination.  The numerals of the denomination are printed in the same color as the stamp.

The catalog attributes for these stamps of Hungary that are engraved on unwatermarked paper, and that are perforated 13 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1874 - Sc. #13) - Red Violet, Violet.
  • 03 K.  (1874 - Sc. #14) - Yellow Green, Blue Green.
  • 05 K.  (1874 - Sc. #15) - Red, Lilac Red, Brick Red, Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1874 - Sc. #16) - Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1874 - Sc. #17) - Greenish Gray, Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on unwatermarked paper, and that are perforated 11 1/2 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1874 - Sc. #13b) - Red Violet, Violet, Rose Lilac, Gray Blue.
  • 03 K.  (1874 - Sc. #14b) - Yellow Green, Blue Green.
  • 05 K.  (1874 - Sc. #15d) - Red, Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1874 - Sc. #16b) - Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1874 - Sc. #17b) - Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on unwatermarked paper, and that are perforated 13 x 11 1/2 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1874 - Sc. #13f) - Red Violet, Rose Lilac.
  • 03 K.  (1874 - Sc. #14d) - Yellow Green.
  • 05 K.  (1874 - Sc. #15f) - Lilac Red, Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1874 - Sc. #16b) - Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1874 - Sc. #17c) - Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on unwatermarked paper, and that are perforated 11 1/2 x 13 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1874 - Sc. #13h) - Red Violet, Rose Lilac, Gray Blue.
  • 05 K.  (1874 - Sc. #15h) - Red.
  • 20 K.  (1874 - Sc. #17d) - Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on unwatermarked paper, and that are perforated 9 1/2 are as follows:

  • 03 K.  (1874 - Sc. #14e) - Green.


WMK 132
Reversed "kr" in Oval

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on paper with WMK 132, and that are perforated 11 1/2 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1881 - Sc. #18) - Lilac, Violet, Gray Blue.
  • 03 K.  (1881 - Sc. #19) - Blue Green, Yellow Green.
  • 05 K.  (1881 - Sc. #20) - Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1881 - Sc. #21) - Blue, Pale Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1881 - Sc. #22) - Gray, Greenish Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on paper with WMK 132, and that are perforated 13 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1881 - Sc. #18c) - Violet, Gray Blue.
  • 03 K.  (1881 - Sc. #19b) - Blue Green, Yellow Green.
  • 05 K.  (1881 - Sc. #20a) - Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1881 - Sc. #21b) - Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1881 - Sc. #22b) - Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on paper with WMK 132, and that are perforated 13 x 11 1/2 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1881 - Sc. #18e) - Violet.
  • 03 K.  (1881 - Sc. #19d) - Blue Green, Yellow Green.
  • 05 K.  (1881 - Sc. #20b) - Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1881 - Sc. #21c) - Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1881 - Sc. #22c) - Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on paper with WMK 132, and that are perforated 11 1/2 x 13 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1881 - Sc. #18f) - Violet, Gray Blue.
  • 03 K.  (1881 - Sc. #19f) - Blue Green, Yellow Green.
  • 05 K.  (1881 - Sc. #20c) - Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1881 - Sc. #21d) - Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1881 - Sc. #22d) - Gray.

The catalog attributes for stamps that are engraved on paper with WMK 132, and that are perforated 12 x 11 1/2 are as follows:

  • 02 K.  (1881 - Sc. #18h) - Lilac, Violet.
  • 03 K.  (1881 - Sc. #19h) - Blue Green.
  • 05 K.  (1881 - Sc. #20d) - Rose.
  • 10 K.  (1881 - Sc. #21e) - Blue.
  • 20 K.  (1881 - Sc. #22e) - Gray.





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Crown of Saint Stephen
(Early 11th Century)

The Crown of Saint Stephen or the Holy Crown of Hungary is the Byzantine Era coronation crown of Hungary.  Between the 12th Century and the 20th Century, it has been used for the coronations of more than fifty Hungarian kings.


Franz Josef I
wearing the
Crown of Saint Stephen

Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I was coronated again, on June 8, 1867 in Matthias Church in Buda, officially making him the head-of-state of the new, autonomous Kingdom of Hungary.