1000 Dinar - Varaždin 1993

1000 Dinar - Varaždin 1993
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General Description : Serie: 46, Type: R, Stamps in serie: 7
Motif: The Ban Josip Jelačić Square with the adjacent 16th century Town Hall. Varaždin is of ancient origin, but records go back only to the 12th century (1181) when the name of Varaždin was first mentioned in a charter from the period of the Croato-Hungarian King Bela ll. Some details from that charter reveal that Varaždin as early as then had some "župan" (County Heads), and a settlement of merchants and handcraftsmen surrounded his Court. This is furthermore confirmed by the Andrew ll Charter (1209) endowing Varaždin with all the rights of a free royal town, first of all the settlements in continental Croatia to receive such an honour. The Hospitaller Order of St. John’s Church (at the beginning of the Xllth century) later to become a Franciscan monastery John (Janos) Hunyadi burnt down the unsufficiently fortified settlement, but was unable to conquer a strong noblemen fortress (the Stari grad of today) which was rebuilt as early as Xlllth century. Many noble families ruled over the fortress for more than a century (the earl of Celje, i. Korvin, B. Frankopan, J. of Brandenburg, S. Bathory). They amplified the citadel giving the city their imprint. The historic Town Hall edifice on the main square was donated to the city of Varaždin by Juraj of Brandenburg in 1523. Its purpose remained the same in spite of all the changes in its structure ( this Renaissance redaction of the Romanesque Gothic building was enhanced by a Baroque Classicistic facade with a tower in the middle in 1793). The City Tower used to be there, today to be seen only on the 14th century arms of the city. A number of bell towers remind us of its striking past, the museum collections and historic edifices confirm the traces of that epoch. Varaždin rose in importance as a versatile cultural centre. Music school was opened in 1827-28, followed by Drawing School (1832), Illiryan library (1838), theatre (1873), City Museum (1925), Gallery of Contemporary Croatian Arts (1939). The Baroque Evenings at Varaždin serve as a tourist and artistic attraction. The stamp was printed in sheets of 50 pieces each. HPT put on sale the commemorative envelope of the first day of issue (FDC) and a commemorative sheet too.
Face value 1000 HRD
Catalog code (Michel) HR 229
Catalog code (Scott) HR 118
Catalog code Yvert et Tellier HR 186 Stanley Gibbons HR 211 AFA number HR 235 Croatian post Inc. HR 49
Series Croatian towns
Stamp colour multicolor
Stamp use Definitive stamp
Print run 2,000,000
Issue date 15/03/1993
Designer Ivica Šiško
Paper type white 90g, gummed
Print technique Multicoloured Offsetprint
Printed by Zrinski - Čakovec
Perforation 14, comb
Height 25.56 mm
Width 35.50 mm
Catalog prices Unused stamp $1.90