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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina was annexed by Austria in 1908. Serbian opposition led to the murder of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife which precipitated World War I.

In 1918 after W.W.I and the dismantling of Austro-Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina merged and became part of the independent Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes known as Yugoslavia by 1935. After the end of the W.W.II, all the various parts of Yugoslavia were reconciled and created a Yugoslav federation with Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the constituent republics. She declared herself sovereign in 1991.

Postage stamps were issued from 1879 to 1920 and since 1991.

Postal Contact:
J.P. PTT Saobracaja BiH
Sektor za Marketing, Izdavastvo i Filateliju
Fra Grge Martica 2/3
71000 Sarajevo
from Linn's: Agency:
Philagentur Gmbh in Germany.
The parent company is:
De Rosa International
Av. du Tribunal Federal 34
1005 Lausanne, Switzerland

Heimer's 'The Chronology of Postal Authorities Issuing Stamps in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina'
- A wonderful work - aj.

"This is a chronological list of various stamp issuing administrations (states, territories, local issues, occupational provisionals etc.) on the territory of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina from the beginning of use of stamps in mid 19th cent. till nowdays. When I was considering to do it I was in doubt weather to do it for Croatia only or to include B&H, or to include all of the former Yugoslavia. My decision was, as you can see, to include B&H because there is to many common events, but it would be to much if I would include more."

He divides it into the following 5 periods and includes maps:
  1. Before 1918
  2. Between the two World Wars
  3. World War II
  4. Post WWII
  5. After the break from Yugoslavia
by Zeljko Heimer: E-mail

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Note: Wee Cheng's work at is no longer online - at least at the given URL - Anyboy know anything about this? - AJ Ward - c.2002

Sarajevo Postcard; a story; 3/25/96 - By Anna Husarska

Like swallows announcing the coming of spring, the Sarajevo postmen have reappeared, harbingers of a normality that may soon arrive. Yes, the Bosnian post works, although timidly and in a very roundabout way. ...

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of, (Muslim) - catalog listing to 1996

First listing:
1 - 7 COA, imperfor., 7v: 100, 500, 1000, 5-, 10-, 20-, 50000 27.10.93

Herceg-Bosna, Croatian Republic of - catalog to 1996

First Listing:
1 - 5 History & Towns, 5v: 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 12.5.93

Srpska Republika, Serb Republic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) - catalog to 1996

First listing:
1 Ovpt 1v: "Rep. Srpska 30" on Yug. definitive (v:3) ??.10.92

These initial listings indicate that three (3) seperate groups began issuing stamps in 1993.

Postage Stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- '404' 7/2002
not overly informative but does/did note:

"Postage stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina can not be purchased easily. I tried to find phone/fax number of the national post office of Bosnia and Hercegovina but without success. The only way is to make a contact with a person in Bosnia, also very difficult job. Maybe a message trough Sarajevo pipeline or Bosnia related News groups such as :

And "Here is an E-mail address of our expert on a Bosnian stamps and stamps from former Yugoslavia, who is willing to answer all your questions and provide you with information about them."

Postage Stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina - The Story

from: Siba�s Friends and Relatives Worldwide, Inc.
(which notes the same newsgroups above ..)

Stamp images from Bi-H PTT
a page at CalTech U. - c.1995

Malte's Stamp News on the Net - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Some Stamp Images!
05/05/1998: WWF - The White Stork
05/05/1998: Presidents of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of B & H
20/03/1998: Old Towers and Towns
20/03/1998: Ahmed Muratbegovic, Writer & Dramatist
28/01/1998: Bairam Holiday - Turbeh in Travnik
15/01/1998: Winter Olympic Games - Nagano  

The Bosnia Study Group
A unit of the : Croatian Philatelic Society
some contents: bibliography of articles, catalogs and handbooks, list of dealers; most are (were) German, small German/English dictionary of philatelic terms ...
Their handbook on classic stamps of Bosnia 1879 - 1918; 24 chapters describing the types and varieties, plus any forgeries and proofs, of each set issued during the period ($?)

- lists Bosnia & Herzegovina :
Public Enterprise PTT
Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Affairs Division
Ferhadija 17/1
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ms Elzana Ibrahimagic
Head of Postal Affairs
Tel: +387.71.446774
Fax: +387.71.447410
corresponds in English too - c.1999

CIA data on Bosnia and Herzegovina
Current issues: On 21 November 1995, in Dayton, Ohio, the former Yugoslavia's three warring parties signed a peace agreement that brought to a halt over three years of interethnic civil strife in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the final agreement was signed in Paris on 14 December 1995). The Dayton Agreement, signed then by Bosnian President IZETBEGOVIC, Croatian President TUDJMAN, and Serbian President MILOSEVIC, divides Bosnia and Herzegovina roughly equally between the Muslim/Croat Federation and the Bosnian Serbs while maintaining Bosnia's currently recognized borders...
Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Croatia
Independence: NA April 1992 (from Yugoslavia)
National holiday:
Republika Srpska --"Republic Day," 9 January, Independence Day, 1 March; Bosnia -- "Republic Day," 25 November - Bosnia and Hercegovina
After independence (1992), the nation was splintered and devastated by ethnic warfare. SARAJEVO is the capital and largest city. Bosnia lies to the north of Hercegovina...

Bosna ; Croatian Bosnia; need info~!
- see: Herceg-Bosna, Croatian Republic of
from: Malte's Stamp News on the Net, "HELP - Anyone knowing of the official postal address to the stamp issuing authority of the Croatian Bosnia, please let me know of it. Thank you!. (ditto but regarding the Muslim area -aj) ; note (c.2002) see Postal Authorities

Postage Stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina - sales.

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