Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of the plains in the Northeast and Southern regions all else being hilly and/or mountainous. The best time to visit is from May to September; ski conditions exist between December and February. Visitors come to partake in the religious and cultural aspects and take in sights of historical importance. The cities of Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla are very popular among the tourists. Stari Most, The Shrine of Medugorje, the Neretva river with its endemic species and canyons are some of the star–rated attractions of the area. Its cuisine is a blend of Turkish, Middle Eastern and other Mediterranean cuisines.
|Resource||ISBN or ASIN||Best Price||Description|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bradt Travel Guide||978-1841623177||$19||Part 1 is an introduction to the country followed by practical info such as food & lodging, itineraries, and other tourist information. Part 2 is a complete region-wise coverage of the country and follows with excellent regional maps.|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina – Culture Smart – The essential guide to customs and culture||978-1857334845||$10||A great guide especially for people planning to stay more than a few days. Ensures you are aware of the basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues.|
|Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia||978-0814401651||$21||The story of the Serbian author Savo Heleta’s struggle for life during the Bosnia-Herzegovina war. As Bosnian Serbs attacked their primarily Muslim city of Gorazde, his family became objects of suspicion overnight. The books message is reconciliation to counter revenge and hatred.|
|Bosnia-Herzegovina Map||978-3850843362||$15||Place names with index and transportation detail makes it a useful tool when traveling or travel planning.|
|Bosnia-Herzegovina Grounded Adapter Plug – GUB||B001FD85D0||$8|
The first stamps of Bosnia & Herzegovina were a set (Scott #1 to #10, no #3) of nine in single colors showing the Coat or Arms released between 1879 and 1894. A mint copy of the set is very expensive at around $1000 while a used set can be had for less than $60. The Coat of Arms design continued until 105 – three other sister-sets were released during this period – some of the lower denominations are especially affordable and can be had for a few cents (example - Scott #11 to #16) while others are valuable and fetch several hundreds (example – Scott #19 and #20. Other significant stamp issues of Bosnia & Herzegovina during the period till 1918 include:
- A set (Scott #30 to #45) of sixteen stamps released in 1906 showing local scenes in single colors and Emperor Franz Josef in the highest denomination stamp. The designs show view of Deboj, view of Mostar, Piva Gate Jajce, Narenta Pass and Prenj River, Rama Valley, Vrbas Valley, Old Bridge or Mostar, Bey's Mosque of Sarajevo, Donkey Post, Jezero and tourists pavilion, Mail Wagon, Bazaar at Sarajevo, Postal Car, Saint Luke's Campanile of Jajce, and Emperor Franz Josef. The set catalogs for around $25 MNH or used.
- A long set of twenty one stamps released between 1912 and 1914 showing Emperor Franz Josef (Austro-Hungary). The set (Scott #65 to #85) catalogs for around $170 MNH or used. The highest denomination dark-ultra-gray 10K stamp is the most valuable at around $100.
- An important semi-postal set released in 1916 (Scott #SP1 and #SP2) showing a wounded soldier and a blind soldier being helped by a woman. The designs capture the reality of the times very well. The set is very affordable and can be had for around $2 MNH or used.
- A set of eighteen stamps (Scott #105 to #122) released in 1917 showing Emperor Karl I. The set catalogs for around $40 MNH and $60 used.
- After independence in 1992, the three entities that form the country of Bosnia & Herzegovina issued their own stamps. One significant issue of Bosnia & Herzegovina after independence is the set of seven stamps (Scott #210 to #216) showing the Main Post Office of Sarajevo. The designs aim to capture the tumultuous civil-war period – the demolished interior, pre-civil war exterior, and post-war exterior serve as a constant reminder of the destruction caused by ethnic conflicts. The set catalogs for around $6 MNH or used.
- A stamp released on February 10 1994 to mark the formation of Bosnian-Croat Administration. The beautiful stamp (Scott #11) in multicolor catalogs for around $4 MNH or used.
- A stamp released on May 25 2003 to mark the World Wine Day. The stamp (Scott #102) catalogs for around $2 MNH or used. It uses a simple design showing different types of cork-screws.
- A beautiful set of three stamps released in 1994 showing monasteries. The set (Scott #37 to #39) show the following designs - Tavina Monastery, Mostanica Monastery, and Zitomislic Monastery. The catalog value is around $15 MNH or used.
- Another beautiful Costumes Set of four stamps released in 2001. The set (Scott #145 to #148) catalogs for around $5 MNH or used.
The first coins of Bosnia & Herzegovina are Copper-Plated-Steel issues denominated in Feninga (1 Convertible Marka = 100 Convertible Feninga) with denomination on map with circle in Obverse and Triangle and Stars and Date within circle in Reverse issued in 1998. The first issues are remarkably affordable and can be had for a few dollars as a mint set. The convertible mark replaced the Bosnia and Herzegovina dinar as the currency in 1998. It is pegged to the German mark. Other numismatic items of Bosnia and Herzegovina include:
|Coins||$2 and up||Common UNCs from the 1990s and 2000s start around $2. Commemorative Silver Proofs from the 1990s start around $40. Gold coins denominated at 10000 Dinara from the 1990s go well into the 100s.|
|Paper Money||$1 and up||Common UNC Dinara banknotes from the early 1990s start around $1. Specimen issues from the early 1990s start around $15. 2a replacements and rare dates start around $50. UNC bundles can go into the 100s.|
Bosnian designed potteries are always in demand. Other souvenirs are art and military related objects.
|Art||$10 and up||Historical photos & prints from the 19th century with war scenes and costumes as the primary subjects.|
|Souvenirs||$10 and up||Police and army patches start around $10 with military helmets and gendarmerie belts fetching a premium.|
Last Updated: 12/2015.