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1866 Prince Michael, cyrillic text 'K. CPbCKA POWTA', perforated

1 p green

  1 p green (newspaper stamp, exists imperforated, 1868)
  2 p brown (newspaper stamp, exists imperforated, 1868)
  10 p orange
  20 p red
  40 p blue

The 10, 20 and 40 p exist in two printings, the so-called Vienna printing and the Belgrade printing. The newspaper stamps (1 p and 2 p) usually remained uncancelled. The 2 p exists with misprint 'PAPF' instead of 'PAPE'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Vienna printing, perforated 12
10 pRRRR 
20 pR*** 
40 pRRR 
Belgrade printing, perforated 9 1/2
10 pRRthin paper
20 p******thin or thick paper
40 p******thin or thick paper
Newspaper stamps, perforated 9 1/2
1 p***RR 
2 p***RR 
Newspaper stamps, imperforate
1 p***RR 
2 p***RR 

Cancels, example:

Forgeries:

The genuine stamps should have 77 pearls in the circle around the head. At the right hand side of the head 16 white lines should be visible at the right hand side and 19 white lines at the left hand side.

Three forgeries are described in Album Weeds:

40 p blue, forgery!
(1st forgery of Album Weeds)

Forgeries!
(1st forgery of Album Weeds)

1) There are only 59 pearls in the circle and 16 white lines to the right of the head and 17 to the left. This forgery can often be found imperforated. I have also seen the 1 p green of this particular forgery (imperforate).


(Fohl forgery, 74 pearls)

2) This forgery has 74 pearls in the circle and is made by the forger Fohl. It has 15 white lines to the right of the head and 16 to the left. The eye is very curious. The 'P' of 'POMTA' has no bar across the top. The 'P' of 'PARA' also doesn't have a bar across the top. A large quantity of these forgeries was discovered and distributed with stamp journals (see Cd 1 for more details), they were all overprinted 'Falsch!' (= 'forged' in German).


(Second Fohl forgery)

3) This forgery has 80 pearls in the circle and is also made by the forger Fohl. It has 16 white lines to the right of the head and 17 to the left. As in the second forgery, the 'P' of 'POMTA' and the 'P' of 'PARA' don't have a bar across the top. A large quantity of these forgeries was discovered and distributed with stamp journals (see Cd 1 for more details), they were all overprinted 'Falsch!' (= 'forged' in German).

 

1869 Prince Milan

10 p brown 20 c blue 40 p violet

Perforated
  1 p yellow
  10 p brown
  10 p orange (1878)
  15 p orange
  20 p blue
  25 p red
  35 p green
  40 p violet
  50 p green

Imperforated

1 p yellow

  1 p yellow

These perforated stamps were printed on thick or thin paper. Many different perforations exist, varying from 9 1/2 to 12 1/2. Different printings resulted in different colour shades (this is a field for the specialist).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Perforated
1 p***R 
10 p brown***** 
10 p orange** 
15 pR*** 
20 p*** 
25 p** 
35 p** 
40 p** 
50 p*** 
Imperforate
1 p****1872?

Forgeries:


(Forgeries, reduced sizes)

Forgeries of the above stamps exist. In the genuine stamps there should be 14 white twists in the bottom frame, the forgeries only have 13 white twists.

 

1869 Prince Milan, slightly different design, imperforated

2 p black

  2 p black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 p*****Type 1
2 pc-Type 2, 'T' damaged, 'used' stamps mostly cancelled to order

 

1880 King Milan

25 p blue

  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p orange
  25 p blue
  50 p brown
  1 D violet

The perforation of these stamps is 13 x 13 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
5 pcc 
10 pcc 
20 pcc 
25 pcc 
50 pc* 
1 D** 

I have seen a postcard 5 p brown on lilac in the same design ('DOPNCHA KAPTA').

 

1890 King Alexander I

15 c lilac

  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p violet
  20 p orange
  25 p blue
  50 p brown
  1 D violet

These stamps are peforated 13 x 13 1/2. Imperforated stamps exist, but are probably printers waste.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pcc 
10 pcc 
15 pcc 
20 pcc 
25 pcc 
50 p** 
1 D**** 

 

1894 King Alexander I, with beard

15 p lilac

  1 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p lilac
  20 p orange
  25 p blue
  50 p brown
  1 D green
  1 D brown on blue

Overprinted

10 p on 20 p red

  '10 napa' on 20 p red
  '15 napa' on 1 D brown on blue

All these stamps were issued with perforation 13 x 13 1/2, the values 1 p, 5 p and 10 p also exist with perforation 11 1/2. Specialists distinghuish between the first issue on granite paper and the second issue of 1898 on normal paper. Imperforated stamps exist, but are probably printers waste.

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 pcc1896
5 pcc 
10 pcc 
15 p*c 
20 p**c 
25 p**c 
50 p *** 
1 D greenc* 
1 D brown on blue *****1896 Exists cancelled to order: *
Surcharged
10 p on 20 pccTwo types, exists cancelled to order
15 p on 1 D*** 

 

1901 King Alexander I, new type

20 p orange

  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p lilac
  20 p orange
  25 p blue
  50 p yellow
 
Larger size

1 D brown

  1 D brown
  3 D red
  5 D violet

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2. Imperforated stamps exist, but are probably printers waste.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pvcvc 
10 pvcvc 
15 pcc 
20 pcc 
25 pcc 
50 pcc 
1 D** 
3 D****** 
5 D****** 

Forgeries of the 'para' values were made by Lucian Smeets (1912?). A description can be found in 'Focus on Forgeries' by Varro E. Tyler. In the forgeries, the 'C' has the open ends at the right hand side farther apart.

Forgeries of the 'Dinar' values also exist, made by Lucian Smeets (all three values) and Fournier (3 D and 5 D only, pictures can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries', he offers these two values as 'first choice' forgeries for 1 Swiss Franc in his 1914 pricelist). I do not know the distinguishing characteristics of these forgeries.

If anybody posesses more information concerning these forgeries, please contact me!

 

1903 King Alexander I, overprinted with arms of Serbia

1 p lilac and black (blue overprint)

  1 p lilac and black (arms blue)
  5 p green and black (arms blue)
  10 p red and black 
  15 p grey and black
  20 p yellow and black
  25 p blue and black
  50 p grey and black (arms red)
  1 D green and black (arms brown or black)
  3 D violet and black (arms brown)
  5 D brown and black (arms blue)

Surcharged
  '1 napa 1' (red) on 5 D brown

The first overprints were issued on stamps with perforation 13 1/2 for the values 1 p to 1 D and 11 1/2 for the 3 D and 5 D value (Paris printing). In 1904 a local printing was made (values 5 p, 50 p and 1 D, perforation 11 1/2). The two overprints are also slightly different.

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 p** 
5 pcc 
10 pcc 
15 pcc 
20 pcc 
25 pcc 
50 p** 
1 D**Overprint brown
1 D***Overprint black
3 D****** 
5 D****** 

 

1904 100 years of liberation of Serbia, inscription '1804 1904'

15 c lilac

  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p lilac
  25 p blue
  50 p brown

Other design
  1 D yellow
  3 D green
  5 D violet

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2. Imperforate stamps are printers waste.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 pcc 
10 pcc 
15 pcc 
20 pcc 
25 pc* 
50 p** 
1 D** 
3 D*** 
5 D*** 

Forgeries:

First set of forgeries (Fournier)

Fournier forgeries exist of these stamps (in the values 5 p to 50 p), I don't know the distinghuishing characteristics. I've only seen them with the forged cancel 'bEOGPAD 3 4 04 3 4 8 BELGRADE'. He offeres the 5 stamps for 0.50 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist.

Second set of forgeries (Smeets)

Forgeries of the whole setv were made by Lucian Smeets (1914?). A description can be found in 'Focus on Forgeries' by Varro E. Tyler. The 'N' and 'J' of the word 'CPbNJA' overlap each other slightly in these forgeries.

 

1905 King Peter

10 c red and black

  1 p grey and black
  5 p green and black
  10 p red and black
  15 p lilac and black
  20 p yellow and black
  25 p blue and black
  30 p green and black
  50 p brown and black
  1 D yellow and black
  3 D green and black
  5 D violet and black

These stamps have perforation 11 1/2 or 12 1/2 x 11 1/2. Imperforated stamps and stamps without the center are unfinished stamps or forgeries.

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 pcc 
5 pcvc 
10 pcc 
15 p*c 
20 p*c 
25 p*c 
30 p*c 
50 p*c 
1 Dcc 
3 D** 
5 D**** 

I have seen a 'Bulletin d'expedition' attached to a 'Mandat de Remboursement' (money transfer form?) in the same design (5 p black on lilac).

Forgeries:


(Mirza Hadi imperforate forgeries)


(Small opening in the upper right hand corner)

The forger Mirza Hadi made forgeries of these stamps (around 1960). A description can be found in 'Focus on Forgeries' by Varro E. Tyler. There is a small opening in the upper frame line near the upper right corner. The perforation of these forgeries is 11 1/2 (or imperforate as above). I would like to thank George A. Yarkie for sending me a copy of such a forgery. These forgeries also seem to exist with forged cancels and perforated:


('Misprint' forgery, black center part too far to the left)

 

1911 King Peter I, new design

50 p brown

  1 p black
  2 p violet
  5 p green
  10 p red
  10 p orange
  15 p lilac
  15 p black
  20 p yellow
  20 p brown
  25 p blue
  30 p green
  50 p brown
  1 D yellow
  1 D blue
  3 D red
  3 D yellow
  5 D violet

These stamps have perforation 11 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 p to 20 pcc 
25 p*c 
30 pcc 
50 pcc 
1 DRR 
2 DRRRR 
5 DRRRR 

Imperforated stamps are unfinished stamps.

 

1915 War scene King Peter at the battle field


(reduced size)

  5 p green
  10 p red

Prepared, but non issued stamps
  15 p black
  20 p brown
  25 p blue
  30 p grey
  50 p brown

Only the 5 p and 10 p were issued. These stamps have perforation 11 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
5 pc* 
10 p** 
15 p***-A misprint 15 p blue exists: RRR
20 p*- 
25 p***- 
30 p***- 
50 pR- 

 

1918 King Peter and Prince Alexander

50 p violet

  1 p black
  2 p brown
  5 p green
  10 p red
  15 p brown
  20 p brown
  20 p violet
  25 p blue
  30 p olive
  50 p violet
  1 D brown
  3 D grey
  5 D brown

These stamps have perforation 11 or 11 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 pcc 
2 pcc 
5 pcc 
10 pcc 
15 pcc 
20 p brown** 
20 p violet****** 
25 p*c 
30 p*c 
50 p*c 
1 D*c 
3 D**** 
5 D****** 


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