TYPE: A 2
ISSUED: April 5, 1881
PERF: 11½, 12½, 13, 13½ and compounds.
PAPER: Watermarked “kr” in circle extended over 4 stamps.
DESIGNER: Janos L. L’Hiver
ENGRAVER: Ferenc Haske and Emanuel Jung
PURPOSE: Regular postage issue.
DESIGN: Crown of St. Stephen surmounting an envelope and a post horn, enclosed in a wreath, with light corners.
Collectors in Hungary naturally specialize in their own stamps to a greater degree than do we over here. They watch for inverted watermarks, either vertical or horizontal, and make a very minute study of them. Do not think you have something too special if you find that the watermark is not in the natural position. They come all four ways. However, those not normal are scarcer. The 2 is known in rose lilac, also in slate, and the 3 is known in yellow green. There are known covers with postmarks as early as February, 1881, but the April date is the official date.