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AUSTRIAN ITALY (Lombardy - Venice) 1850-1860

Lombardo - Veneto

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Currency 100 Centesimi = 1 Lira
100 Soldi = 1 Florin (1858)

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

1850 Arms of Austria

10 c black 30 c brown

  5 c yellow
  10 c black
  15 c red
  30 c brown
  45 c blue

As the corresponding stamps of Austria, these stamps were printed on thick or thin paper.

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 cRRRRR 
10 cRRRR 
15 cRRR* 
30 cRRR* 
45 cRRR** 

For typical cancels on these stamps, click here.

Reprints:

Reprints were made in 1865, 1871, 1885 and 1889 (the most common).


(Official reprint of the 5 c)


(I've been told that these stamps are reprints)

Forgeries:

The above forgery of the 10 c seems to be quite common. The pattern of dots behind the eagle does not correspond to the one of the genuine stamps. There is a break in the frameline surrounding the value inscription below the 'S' of 'CENTES' and above the '10' (there is also such a break in the genuine stamps above the '10', but it is smaller).


(Forgeries)

Fournier offers first choice forgeries of these stamps in his 1914 catalogue in two different kinds: thick and thin paper. For each series comprising the 15 c, 30 c and 45 c, he asks 3 Swiss Francs. In 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries' the following cancels are being said to be used on these forgeries 'POLA 20 6' in a single circle, 'PIACENZA 6 OTT 57' also in a single circle, 'VENEZIA 25 GEN' in two lines and 'MILANO | 2-3 52' in a box.
Many other forgers seem to have tried to forge these stamps.

Postal forgery:

The above stamp is a postal forgery of Verona; the flower ornaments are slightly different in the upper corners. The inscriptions are also different, for example the 'S' of 'CENTES' and the 'N' is very broad.

There are several postal forgeries of the 15 c (Verona and 2 types for Milan), 30 c (Verona and 3 types for Milan) and 45 c (3 types for Milan). For a full explanation of these forgeries see the book: 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G. Leslie Fletcher.


(Milan postal forgery used in Milan on 14th march 1858)

 

1859 Franz Joseph facing the left, values in 'SOLDI'

2 s yellow 2 s yellow 3 s black

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

These stamps are perforated 15

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 sRRRRR 
3 s blackRRRRR 
3 s greenRRRRR 
5 sR* 
10 sRR** 
15 sRRR*** 

To fill up empty spaces in the sheets, so-called 'Andrews Crosses' were made:


(A St.Andrews Cross or St.Andreaz Kreuz in the same colour as the stamp)

For typical cancels on these stamps, click here.

Official reprints Reprint!

Official reprints of these stamps exists, instead of the perforation 15 they have a much wider perforation (several perforations exist) and even imperforated copies exist.

Fournier also offers a forgery of the 3 s black stamp in his 1914 pricelist for 1 Swiss Franc.

 

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