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.


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]


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.


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]


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

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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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