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12 May 2020

Radimlja Necropolis, Stolac

Bosnia and Herzegovina HP Mostar: Radimlja Necropolois, Stolac, 12 May 2020. Images from private collection and HP Mostar.

Technical Specifications:

Type: Regular
Motive: The Necropolis of The Stećak Radimlja
Designer: Jagadeesh K.
Size: 35.50 x 25.56 mm
Print: AKD d.o.o. Zagreb
Paper: White, 102 g, rubberized
Perforation: Combs 14
Value: 0.20 KM
Date of Issue: 12.5.2020.
Circulation: 100,000 pieces

The Necropolis of The Tomb of Radimlja is located in Vidovo polje near Stoc and is a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has 133 stećka, which dates back to the 15th century. 16, 2014 in New York City. It is one of the most significant necropolises of the stećak. Most of them are in the form of “crates” and “ridges”, and 63 stećka are decorated. Motifs include arcades and male figures with an elevated hand, crosses and stylized crosses, bent vines with a trilist, shields with a sword, then scenes of hunting, dancing, duels and other ornaments or figurative scenes. Inscriptions on Croatian Cyrillic or Bosnian indicate that the necropolis belonged to the noble family Hrabena – Miloradović. Also, three stonemasons Miogost, Bolašin Bogavčić and Ratko Brativoić carved their names. In the immediate vicinity of the necropolis there is a large number of Illyrian tumlus, indicating continuity of burial and continuation of the tradition of burial next to the old graves.

The necropolis is cut by a road built during the Austro-Hungarian administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is assumed that the construction of the road destroyed about 20 monuments.

Croatian Post d.o.o. Mostar issued a regular postage stamp in the ark of 20 marks, 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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