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Bosnia and Herzegovina – BH Pošta

09 June 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic

Bosnia and Herzegovina BH Pošta: COVID-19 Pandemic, 9 June 2020. Images from private collection.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Pandemic
Motif: Covid ’20
Colors: Multicolor
Face value: 2,70 KM
Author: Sunita Hamzić
Date of issue: 09.06.2020
Number of stamps in sheets: 10
Product Code: 3000707
Printing: Offset lithography
Denominations: 2.70 KM (Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible marks)


First Day Cover:

PLEASE NOTE: The stamp pictured below was NOT officially released by BH Pošta although it was claimed to have been issued on several different occasions dating back to 10 April 2020 and most recently on 1 June 2020.  There has NEVER been any mention of it on the BH Pošta website and queries to the postal administration have gone unanswered.  It has been pictured in various online forums and on social media as well as being sold via outlets such as eBay. The BH Pošta personalized stamp service was NOT in operation during most of March, April and May. It has been mentioned that this was printed under the auspices of the Association of Philatelists and Numismatics of Sarajevo Canton. It carries no postal validity. It is included here for the sake of “completeness”:

Three Postal Administrations

Since independence in 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina has had three postal authorities corresponding with the ethnic and administrative division of the country. Stamps are issued by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Post (BH Pošta, Sarajevo), Croatian Posts (Hrvatska pošta Mostar, Mostar), and Serbian Posts (Pošte Srpske, Banja Luka). In the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stamps issued by BH Pošta (the areas controlled by the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995) and HP Mostar (the areas controlled by the Croatian Defence Council in 1995) are valid while in Republika Srpska stamps issued by the Pošte Srpske are valid.

BH Pošta stamps were first issued 27 October 1993, inscribed Republika Bosna i Hercegovina; since 1996 the inscriptions have read just Bosna i Hercegovina. The currency was the Bosnia and Herzegovina dinar until 1 October 1998, replaced by the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark.

HP Mostar has issued stamps since 12 May 1993. Initially the stamps were inscribed Bosna i Hercegovina / Hrvatska Republika Herceg-Bosna, or abbreviated HR Herceg-Bosna. From 1996, the stamps bear the inscription Bosna i Hercegovina, but with a different logo than BH Pošta. The currency was initially the Croatian kuna, and from 1999 the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark. Since 2011, both postal authorities have used the double label Bosna i Hercegovina / Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine (sometimes abbreviated as FBiH), maintaining different logos and areas of use.

Pošte Srpske in Banja Luka started to issue stamps on 26 October 1992. The stamps first had the inscription Republika Srpska, and the currency was the Yugoslav dinar until 24 December 1992. Since 15 July 2003, the stamps bear the double inscription Bosna i Hercegovina / Republika Srpska. The stamps of Republika Srpska usually use the Cyrillic script, so the label reads Рeпублиҝa Српска.

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