Slovakia declared full independence on 14 March and, on the same day, Germany marched into Bohemia and Moravia. The newly- formed Republic of Slovakia issued her first stamps on 21 March 1939 and remained an independent stamp-issuing territory under German dependence and control until 1945. In May of that year Slovakia was re-incorporated in Czechoslovakia.
Slovakia’s rarest stamp is the 1939 1k carmine with an unusual perf 10 gauge, it is valuable in both mint & used condition. The postal history of this German protection period is interesting and highly sought- after by collectors.
The Slovak Republic issued its first stamps on 1 January 1993, the stamps of Czechoslovakia remaining valid until 30 September.
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