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8th September 1992

and North Macedonia

19th March 2019

Europe 63


perf 13½x13, no wmk, lithographed
Printed at the Institute for the Production of Bank Notes, Belgrade

Description Date Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#  
30 denar multi 8th Sep 1992 1 18      
40d multi 15th Mar 1993 2 11      

Gibbons lists several Obligatory Tax stamps before and between Sc1 and Sc2. These are, of course, Postal Tax (RA) BoBs in Scott.

Formerly part of the Turkish Empire, Macedonia, after the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 was divided amongst Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece. In 1918, after WW1, the Serbian portian joined (what became) Yugoslavia. In the break-up of the Yugoslav republic, Macedonia declared independence following a referendum in September 1991.

It was reported in the November 2020 edition of the FICC Journal (vol. 28 no. 4 pp.7-8) that,

North Macedonia 2019 Sc801
Republic of North Macedonia
2019 Sc801
"The Republic of Macedonia was formed as one of the new countries after the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991 (following the death of Tito). Greece, however objected to this name for the new country because a northern area of Greece is also known as Macedonia. Greece immediately requested the Republic of Macedonia to include a geographic qualifier (like Northern Macedonia) to distinguish it from the Greek area…
The issue continued to escalate until both countries agreed to negotiat1ons under the auspices of the United Nations. On 12 June 2018, Greece and the Rep of Macedonia reached an agreement whereby the name "Republic of North Macedonia" would be adopted. Referendums were placed on voting ballots in both countries and approval of this solution was obtained. The new name became permanent 12 Feb 2019.
Stamps of Macedonia have had this new name printed on the face starting with the stamp issued on 19 March 2019 … It is a commemorative stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the death of politician Jashar Shkupi. Scott lists the stamp as Sc#801 with a value of $1.90 mnh. " FICC Journal (vol. 28 no. 4 pp.7-8

German Occupation
1944 SG-G1

Occupation Issues

During WW2, in 1941, Bulgaria occupied part of Yugoslav Macedonia and Bulgarian stamps were subsequently used. In 1944, German troops briefy occupied the area and declared its independence. Overprinted Bulgarian stamps were issued. After the war, Serbian Macedonia became a republic within Yugoslavia.

Not yet found in Scott.

Sources: ScS, SGP3.

Images from David Olson.

FI ref: 759 Page credit: NB

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