Postage Stamps of Hungary

by Tony Clayton

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On the 1st January 1900 Hungary issued a new design of stamps, with the filler values showing a Turul bird (a mythical bird of the Magyars). The initial issue was printed on paper showing the Crown of St.Stephen sideways surrounded by circles. In 1904 this was replaced by an upright crown in a 3-dimensional representation, which was replaced 4 years later by a 2-dimensional representation. This latter type was modified slightly a year later - it is difficult to distinguish the two. Finally, in 1913, a new watermark of a completely different appearance was used, with a representation of St.Stephens Cross joined by wavy lines. This occurs both upright and, more scarcely, sideways. Thus it can be seen that no less than 6 different watermarks are to found, causing the collector some entertainment in trying to sort them all out.

When the last watermark was used the paper for the 50 filler was changed from white to blue. At the same time an error crept in to the value plate, with one position (13) having a 35 instead of the 50.

35f for 50f error

50f lake on blue paper, error of value

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