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22 May 2020

Myths and Flora 2020 — Goddess Vesna and Dandelion

Bosnia and Herzegovina HP Mostar: Myths and Flora 2020 — Goddess Vesna and Dandelion, 22 May 2020. Images from HP Mostar.

Technical Specifications:

Type: Occasional
Motif: Goddess Vesna and Dandelion
Designer: Karolina Marusic
Size: 25.25 x 35.50 mm
Print: AKD d.o.o. Zagreb
Paper: White, 102 g, rubberized
Perforation: Comb 14
Denomination: 5.00 KM
Date of Issue: 22.5.2020.
Format: Block 1 stamp
Circulation: 5,000 blocks

Vesna is the Slavic goddess of spring and youth, which brings spring joy after a cold winter. Its power is over the sun’s heat, which restores nature in which with spring everything swells and green. The earth opens up and establishes a living connection between the plant world and the underground in which plant treasure and wealth are hidden.

Vesna aligns heart and sanity, repairs health impaired in the winter period. With the arrival of spring, people become good and gentle, nurturing respect and friendship with each other. In honor of the goddess Vesna girls dressed in clothes made of grass and flowers. Her flower is dandelion, and the bird is a swallow.

Dandelion (Taraxacum) is a herbaceous perennial from the family of heads. It has jagged leaves in a ground-floor rose from which rises a stem with a yellow flower head. After flowering, the seed appears in the form of an air ball with many seeds. It grows on meadows, along roads, in parks and gardens. All parts of dandelion (root, plant in bloom and flower) are medicinal, and its healing properties are dependent on the season. Young dandelion leaves are used to prepare a salad, and from the flowers is prepared syrup similar to honey.

Croatian Post d.o.o. Mostar issued a commemorative postage stamp in the block with 1 brand, stamp and envelope on the first day (FDC). Brands and accompanying materials can also be purchased online at

First Day Cover:

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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