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AUSTRIAN ITALY (Lombardy - Venice) 1861-1866

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All stamps are like the Austrian types, but with inscription 'CENTES' or 'SOLDI' instead of 'KREUZER'

Austrian Italy 1850-1860

 

1861 Emperor Franz Joseph in an ellipse facing the right, head embossed

5 s red "Vicenza" cancel 10 s brown

  5 s red
  10 s brown

Envelopes in the same design exist in the following values: 3 s green, 5 s red, 10 s brown, 15 s blue, 20 s yellow, 25 s brown, 30 s violet and 35 s brown. Reprints have been made of all these values in 1865 (all values), 1871 (all values), 1885 (all values) and 1889 (3 s only). They are worth much less than the genuine envelopes. An erroneous reprint 3 Soldi yellow (wrong colour) exists.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 sRRR* 
10 sRRR*** 

Reprints of these stamps exist (even in non-issued values of 2 s, 3 s and 15 s) in wrong perforation (the genuine perforation is 14). They were made in 1865, 1871, 1885 and 1889 (most common). Example of such a reprint:


Reprint

I have seen forgeries (made by Spiro?) in the values 3 s green, 5 s red, 10 s brown, 20 s brown, 25 s brown, 30 s brown and 35 s brown (all different shades of brown). I have also seen the 25 s brown value in a whole sheet of 25 (5x5). Also, there is no embossing of the head. They are perforated or imperforate and usually cancelled on the sheet with a square of dots. However, the next Spiro forgeries ar cancelled with a different kind of cancel:


(Spiro forgery, the hair on the forehead is pointing towards the 'D' instead the space between the 'L' and 'D' of the word 'SOLDI')

Similar forgeries were also made of the corresponding 'Kreuzer' stamps of Austria (also presumably by Spiro).

 

1863 Double headed eagle, inscription 'SOLDI'

2 s yellow, wide perforation 3 s green, wide perforation 5 s red, wide perforation 10 s blue, wide perforation 15 s brown, wide perforation
(Wide perforation)

2 s yellow, narrow perforation 3 s green, narrow perforation 5 s red, narrow perforation 10 s blue, narrow perforation 10 s blue, narrow perforation 15 s brown, narrow perforation
(Narrow perforation)

  2 s yellow
  3 s green
  5 s red
  10 s blue
  15 s brown

For the specialist: two types of perforations have been issued, a very fine perforation (14) in 1863 and a very wide perforation (9 1/2) in 1864-65.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Perforated 14
2 sRR 
3 sRRR 
5 sRR* 
10 sRRR*** 
15 sRRRRR 

Perforated 9 1/2

2 sRRR 
3 s****** 
5 s** 
10 s** 
15 s****** 

These stamps have been reprinted in 1885 with perforation 13. Envelopes in the same design exist in the following values: 3 s green, 5 s red, 10 s blue, 15 s brown and 25 s violet. Examples of such reprints:

These stamps could also be used in the Levant (Turkey and area), examples:

Alexandria (Egypt) Janina
(stamps used in Alexandria and Janina)


Newspaper Tax Stamps

1858 Newspaper tax stamps: inscription 'Kais. Kon. Zeitungs Stampel' and double headed eagle

Reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 2 k red

  1 k black
  2 k red
  4 k red

The most common of these tax stamps is the 2 k, the other two are very rare. These stamps are of the same type of those of Austria. They have been reprinted in 1873 (all three values, some in slightly different types).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 kRRRRRR 
2 kRRR 
4 kRRRRRR 


(I've been told that this is a reprint of the 1 k black stamp)

Forgeries, example:

The 1 and 4 k were offered by the forger Fournier in his 1914 pricelist as first choice forgeries for 2 Swiss Francs both. I have no further information about these forgeries.


Fiscal Stamps

examples:


(Reduced size)

Fiscal stamps were sometimes used as postal stamps (rare to extremely rare, forbidden in 1857 by the postal authorities).

I have also seen a stamp with the value '1 Lira 50 cen.' in a similar design.


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