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Bosnia Herzegovina

Issues of 1879-1904

The first Bosnia Herzegovina stamps were produced in 1879.  The designs feature the coat of arms and numeral tablets in the upper corners.  They are lithographed and watermarked.

From 1879 to 1889, the printing paper was watermarked large double-lined capital letters "BRIEF-MARKEN" across the middle of the sheet.  From 1890, the printing paper was watermarked large double-lined capital letters "ZEITUNGS-MARKEN" across the middle of the sheet.  The currency used from 1879 to 1904 was 100 Novcica (Neukreuzer) = 1 Florin (Gulden).

The generic denominations of the definitive stamps issued from 1879 through 1898 are shown in the scan above.

These early stamps come in three types and in numerous shades.  As with the Austrian postage stamps of this period, these issues come in a number of different perforation gauges, ranging from gauge 9 to gauge 13 1/2, as well as with compound perforation gauges. 

For anyone wishing to specialize in this series, reference to a Michel or Netto specialized catalog for Bosnia Herzegovina is a necessity.

Between 1900 and 1901, the new series of definitive postage stamps shown in the two scans above were issued.  These new stamps have denominations expressed in the new Austrian currency, that is, 100 Heller = 1 Krone.  The same coat of arms designs were utilized, but the value numeral tablets of the lower denominations were now moved to the bottom corners of the design.  The new Krone value stamps have the value indicated in all four corners of each stamp.  These stamps were printed on both regular and ribbed papers.  They are all listed in the Michel and Netto catalogs.

The 20 H., 40 H., and 50 H. denominations from the first printings of these new stamps are very scarce.  These three denominations were reprinted in 1911 in lighter colors and on whiter paper than the originals, and they are all very common.  The originals are shown in the scan above.

The six stamps shown in the scan above were issued between 1901 and 1904.  The designs are identical to the previous issue, except that the denomination numerals are now printed in black ink on a clear background.  The 35 H. in ultramarine is  scarce, whereas the other stamps in this set are very common.

The attractive set of multicolored postage due stamps, shown in the two scans above, were issued for use in Bosnia Herzegovina in December 1904.  There is also a 50 H. and a 200 H. denomination of the same design, which are not shown in the scans.

These stamps come with perforation 12 1/2, perforation 12 1/2 x 13, perforation 13 1/4 x 13, perforation 10 1/2, perforation 9 1/4, perforation 6 1/4, compound perforations, and imperforate.  Please refer to the Michel or Netto specialized catalogs for details.

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