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A part of the Austrian Hungarian Empire.

The first two series of Bosnia (double headed eagles) had no text at all because of political problems, only the value was indicated. The stamps of this country cancelled with holes were used for telegraphic purposes.

1879 Double headed eagle, value in the upper part

5 k red 10 k blue 25 k violet

  1/2 (Kr) black
  1 (Kr) grey
  2 (Kr) yellow
  3 (Kr) green
  5 (Kr) red
  10 (Kr) blue
  15 (Kr) brown
  20 (Kr) green
  25 (Kr) violet

Many different perforations exist, ranging from 9 to 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 k*****1894
1 k** 
2 k** 
3 k** 
5 k*c 
10 k** 
15 k** 
20 k*****1893
25 k***** 


(A postcard of 2 k in the same design, issued 1879)

Besides the above postcard of 2 k red, an envelope of 5 k red also exists (issued 1882).

Reprints exist of these stamps, they have perforation 12 1/2.

 

1900 Double headed eagle, value in the lower part

  1 (h) black
  2 (h) grey
  3 (h) yellow
  5 (h) green
  6 (h) brown
  10 (h) red
  20 (h) red
  25 (h) blue
  30 (h) brown
  40 (h) yellow
  50 (h) lilac

These stamps are either perforated 12 1/2 (common), 10 1/2 (1 to 30 h only, * to ***), 6 (rare) and 6x12 (rare). Imperforate stamps also seem to exist.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 hcc 
2 hcc 
3 hcc 
5 hcc 
6 hcc 
10 hcc 
20 hRR*** 
25 hcc 
30 hRR*** 
40 hRR*** 
50 h** 

Value in black

45 h blue (value in black)

  20 (h) red
  30 (h) brown
  35 (h) blue
  40 (h) orange
  45 (h) blue

These stamps are either perforated 12 1/2 (common), 6 (rare) and 12 1/2 x 6 (rare). Imperforate stamps also seem to exist.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
20 hcc 
30 hcc 
35 hcc 
40 hcc 
45 h*c 

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery! Forgery!

These forgeries can be recognised by looking at the tail of the eagle. It is ending slightly higher than in the genuine stamps, in the genuine stamp the tail touches the line of the frame around the central design. In these forgeries it ends one line higher. I have also seen the values 3 h yellow, 10 h red, 20 h red, 30 h brown, 40 h yellow and 50 h lilac. The perforation of the forgeries is often quite bad.

 

1900 Larger size, value in K(ronen)

1 K red

  1 K red
  2 K blue
  5 K green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 K** 
2 K** 
5 K****** 

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

I have also seen the forged 5 K green. In the forgeries I have seen the perforation is quite bad. According to 'Focus on forgeries' the tongues of the eagles can be seen very clearly and are long in the genuine stamps (in the forgeries they are blur and short). In the arms in the central part the upper right triangle has 10 small dots (the forgeries have only 6 dots).

 

Overprinted 'KRALJEVSTVO SRBA, HRVATA I SLOVENANCA PORTO', in latin or cyrillic caracters, issued for Yugoslavia see Yugoslavia issues for Bosnia and Herzegowina, examples:

25 x red "PORTO" 10 h red 1 K lilac

 

1906 Various designs, landscapes, postal coach, post car and Francis Joseph, inscription 'BOSNIEN HERZEGOWINA'

3 h olive

  1 h black
  2 h violet
  3 h olive
  5 h green
  6 h brown
  10 h red
  12 h blue (village view, 1912)
  20 h brown
  25 h blue
  30 h green
  35 h green
  40 h orange (postal coach)
  45 h red
  50 h lilac (postal car)
  60 h blue (Bridge, 1912)
  72 h red (Bridge and mountains, 1912)
  1 K red
  2 K green
  5 K blue (Emperor Francis Joseph)

Surcharged

"1914 7 Heller" on 5 h green "1915 12 Heller" on 10 h red

  '1914 7 Heller' (red) on 5 h green (1914)
  '1914 12 Heller' (red) on 10 h red (1914)
  '1915 7 Heller' (red) on 5 h green (1915)
  '1915 12 Heller' (blue) on 10 h red (1915)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 hcc 
2 hcc 
3 hcc 
5 hcc 
6 h** 
10 hcc 
12 h****** 
20 h*c 
25 h** 
30 h** 
35 h** 
40 h** 
45 h*** 
50 h** 
60 h**** 
72 h RRRR 
1 K**** 
2 K****** 
5 K*** 
1914 overprint
7 h on 5 hccInverted overprint: R
Two types of '4'
12 h on 10 hccTwo types of '4'
1915 overprint
7 h on 5 h****** 
12 h on 10 h** 

Usually these stamps are perforated 12 1/2, though several 'misperforations' exist: 6, 9 and combinations of these, examples:


('Misperforations')

I have seen imperforate stamps of all values (except the ones issued in 1912 and the surcharged stamps), even in cancelled condition.


(Imperforate 5 K brown?)

Forgeries: the 5 K value has been forged by the forger Fournier. A picture can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic forgeries'. I have no further information on this forgery.

Other forgeries of the 12 h, 60 h and 72 h exist, both perforated and imperforate, example:


('FAKSIMIL' in the left bottom corner)

These forgeries have in small letters the word 'FAKSIMIL' in the left bottom corner.

 

1910 As previous stamps, but with additional inscription '1830-1910'

  1 h black (view of Doboj)
  2 h violet (city of Mostar with bridge)
  3 h olive (city of Jajce)
  5 h green (mountains and bridge)
  6 h brown (valley with trees)
  10 h red (valley with Vrbas river)
  20 h brown (Mostar and bridge)
  25 h blue (view of Sarajevo)
  30 h green (postman and mule)
  35 h green (river view)
  40 h orange (postal coach)
  45 h red (bazaar in Sarajevo)
  50 h lilac (postal car)
  1 K red (Sarajevo view)
  2 K green (Jacje view)
  5 K blue (emperor Francis Joseph)

Overprinted '1918' in red

'1918' on 2 h violet

  2 h violet (1918)

The perforation of all these stamps is 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 hcc 
2 h** 
3 h** 
5 h** 
6 h** 
10 h** 
20 h** 
25 h****** 
30 h**** 
35 h****** 
40 h****** 
45 h****** 
50 h****** 
1 K****** 
2 K****** 
5 K**** 
1918 overprint
2 h** 

The 5 K value has been forged by the forger Fournier. A picture can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic forgeries'. I have no further information on this forgery.

Overprinted 'DRZAVA S.H.S.SRBA 1918 Bosna i Hercegovina', in latin or cyrillic caracters, issued for Yugoslavia see Yugoslavia issues for Bosnia and Herzegowina.

 

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