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1862 Newspaper stamp, Number '2' embossed in center Inscription 'GIORNALI STAMPE FRANCO BOLLO'

2 c yellow

  2 c yellow

The same stamps in grey (values 1 c and 2 c) were issued in Sardinia.

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 c******Exists with value inverted: R

 

1863 Value

1 c green and 2 c brown, images obtained thanks to Lorenzo

  1 c green
  2 c brown

For the specialist, these stamps have watermark crown and perforation 14.


Watermark 'Crown' on the backside of two 2 c stamps

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 ccc 
2 ccvc 

 

1889 Cross

1 c brown and 2 c brown 5 c green, 1889 type 5 c green, 1897 type

  1 c brown (1896)
  2 c brown (1896)
  5 c green (1889)
  5 c green (other type, 1890)
  5 c green (other type, 1897)

For the specialist, these stamps have watermark crown and perforation 14.

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 ccc 
2 ccvc 
5 c***c1889
5 c***c1890
5 ccvc1897

A bogus issue of Italy in a similar design, inscription 'ITALIA' on top, 'FRANCO' left and 'BOLLO' right, cross with crown in the center:

Bogus issue

I have seen the following values: 1 c green, 5 c red on grey, 10 c blue on red, 30 c violet, (?) yellow and 3 L black.

 

1879 King Humbert

5 c green 10 c red 1893 issue 20 c orange 1893 issue 25 c blue 1893 issue 30 c brown 40 c brown 45 c green, 1889 1893 issue 50 c violet 1 L brown and yellow 2 L red 5 L green and red 5 L red and blue

  5 c green
  10 c red
  10 c red (1893, different frame)
  20 c orange
  20 c orange (1893, different frame)
  25 c blue
  25 c blue (1893, different frame)
  30 c brown
  40 c brown (1889)
  45 c green (1889)
  45 c green (1893, different frame)
  50 c violet
  60 c violet (1889)
  1 L brown and yellow (1889)
  2 L orange
  5 L green and red (1889)
  5 L red and blue (1891)

These stamps have watermark 'Crown' and perforation 14.

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 c*c 
10 c***c 
10 ccvc1893 issue
20 c***vc 
20 ccvc1893 issue
25 c***c 
25 ccvc1893 issue
30 c***RR 
40 c*c 
45 cRRc 
45 c*c1893 issue
50 c*c 
60 c*** 
1 L*** 
2 L***RR 
5 L green and red ***RR 
5 L red and blue****** 

Surcharged

  '2 Cm' on 5 c green
  'Cmi 20c' on 30 c brown (1890)
  'Cmi 20c' on 50 c violet (1891)
  

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 c on 5 c**** 
20 c on 30 c***c 
20 c on 50 c**** 
Overprinted 'BLP' in fancy letters (1921)
  1 L brown and green

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 LRRRRRR 

For the specialist: after forgeries of the 5 L green and red became known, consisting of the outer part of a 5 c green and the center part of a 10 c red, these stamps were withdrawn from circulation in July 1891. The 30 c brown, 2 L orange and 5 L green and red are very rare in used condition; forged cancels exist!

These stamps overprinted with 'ESTERO' were used in the Italian post offices in the Levant click here, (slightly different design). The 25 c stamp with surcharge '1 PIASTRA 1' was issued for Crete.

Postal stationery in the same design:

Postcards exist with King Humbert surrounded by pearls (no inscription and no value). Furthermore a 7 1/2 c red and a 10 c red (see images above). Other postal stationary exists (money transfer cards) with the image of King Humbert.


Non issued stamps

1896


(Reduced size)

In 1893 another non-issued stamp with the King and Queen facing the left was prepared in the value 20 c (sorry, no picture available yet).


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