The Polish eagle
Fischer 55-65 | Michel 54-64 | Scott 61-71 | Year of issue 1919 | Pre-war Poland
Imperforate issues for Galicia with the Polish eagle, issued from Kraków. These stamps were not gummed and were officially without perforations. Perforated copies were privately produced in a paper factory in Żywiec and they were used also privately. They were also used as local postage dues, overprinted with the word "Porto" or "Dopłata" (Postage due).
- The eagle is the coat of arms of Poland.
- Galicia is the name of the territory occupied by Austria.
- The stamps are denominated in the Polish Halerzy/Korona currency, which is derived from the Austrian Heller and Kronen. You can see 2 Halerze and 3 Halerze, but then 5 Halerzy, etc. In Polish, cardinal numbers from 5 upwards, require a noun to be declined in the genitive case.
A few examples of these stamps issued as postage dues
Find other Polish stamps depicting the Polish eagle
Galicia (Central Europe)
Coat of arms of Poland
Postage due (Porto)
Polish eagle (perforated)