TYPE: A 3
ISSUED: October 1, 1898
PERF: 11½, 12 x 11½
PAPER: Watermarked crown in circle over four stamps
DESIGNER: Janos L. L’Hiver
PURPOSE: Regular post, high values, no forint values, on paper with new watermark
DESIGN: Same as previous, with numerals in black.
On January 1, 1898 the Department of Commerce announced a competition for a design of a new Hungarian stamp. Specifications were that the design should have a typical Hungarian motif to show other nations the high standard of Hungarian art and culture.
Fifty six artists competed submitting 166 designs. Some of the designs won prizes but none were accepted for stamps. Later two designs were selected from artists whose work did not win any of the prizes.