Postage stamps and postal history of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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1 kreuzer first issue 1879, lithographed.
Stamp of Bosnia-Herzegovina 50 heller issue 1910, overprint State of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, 1918, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Austria-Hungary[edit]

The first issue in 1879 for Bosnia and Herzegovina, soon after its occupation by Austria-Hungary in 1878, is a stamp without any text, but representing the Austrian double-eagle coats of arms.

Stamps with a text Bosnien Herzegowina were produced only in 1906, representing landscapes and monuments, including a view of Doboj and the Carshija business quarter of Sarajevo.[1] It produced a number of military post stamps in the 1910s, many of them depicting Francis Joseph I. Newspaper stamps which included a depiction of a girl in a Bosnian costume (1913) and postage due stamps (1904 and 1916) were also produced.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Kingdom in 1918[edit]

In 1918 Bosnia and Herzegovina was merged in the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians. Overprints (DRZAVA S.H.S. etc.) were first used in 1919.[2] The name of Kingdom of Yugoslavia appeared only in 1931. The region used Yugoslavian stamps until becoming (again) independent in 1992.

Independence[edit]

The country produced its first stamps since independence in 1993 under the command of the Sarajevo government and began inscribing them as Republika Bosna i Hercegovina.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stamps of the World. Stanley Gibbons. 2004. p. 392. 
  2. ^ Classiques du monde 1840-1940, ,Yvert & Tellier, 2005

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kaufmann, Hugo. Die Briefmarken von Bosnien : K. u. K. Feldposten und Österr. Post im Ausland. Bratislava: Kaufmann, 1937 16p.
  • Oldfield, Herbert. The Stamps of Bosnia 1879-1900. 1912.
  • Passer, Adolf. Postwertzeichen von Bosnien und der Herzegovina = Stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prague: Kommission-Verlagraz, Bath & Co, 1930
  • Pongratz-Lippitt, Oscar. Handbuch Bosnien-Herzegovina: eine Studie der Postgeschichte, Abstempelungen, Ganzsachen und Postformulare, von den postalischen Anfängen bis 1900: für den Sandschak von Novipazar bis Oktober 1918. Pernegg an der Mur: O. Pongratz-Lippitt, 2000 192p.
  • Sekelj, Berislav. Priručnik i katalog: poštanska povijest Bosne i Hercegovine, 1878-1918 = Handbuch und Katalog: Postgeschichte Bosnien un Herzegowina, 1878-1918 = Handbook and catalogue: postal history Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1878-1918. Zagreb: Croatian Philatelic Federation Library, 2005 ISBN 953-95064-0-9 384p.
  • Vilfan, Mladen. Privremena izdanja Hrvatske i Bosne i Hercegovine 1945 = Provisional issues, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina 1945. Zagreb: OBOL-NAKLADA, 2006 ISBN 978-953-63880-8-0 224p.

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