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Parcel stamps

1884 Parcel post stamps 'Pacchi Postali'

10 c green 20 c blue 75 c green

  10 c green
  20 c blue
  50 c red
  75 c green
  1,25 L orange
  1,75 L brown


Backside of a 50 c stamp showing the 'Crown' watermark

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
10 c****** 
20 cRR 
50 c** 
75 c** 
1.25 L **** 
1.75 L***** 

Postal stationery in the same design exists, at leat the following values are known to me: 25 c brown on brown, 50 c brown, 75 c brown on red, 1.25 L brown on green, 1.75 L brown on yellow and 2.70 L brown on grey.

 

1891 Parcel post stamps surcharged 'Valevole per le stampe' used as postage stamps

  2 c on 10 c green
  2 c on 20 c blue
  2 c on 50 c red
  2 c on 75 c green
  2 c on 1,25 L orange
  2 c on 1,75 L brown

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 10 ccc 
2 c on 20 c** 
2 c on 50 c**** 
2 c on 75 c** 
2 c on 1.25 L**** 
2 c on 1.75 L*** 

 

In 1914 a new series of parcel stamps was issued. They consist of two parts, one with inscription 'Sul Bollettino' (for the parcel) and the other 'Sulla Ricevuta' (for the receipt). In cancelled condition these two parts are always separated. Initially 13 values were issued from 5 c to 20 L. Later more stamps were issued, also in similar designs.


Official stamps

1875 Official stamps

5,00 L red 10,00 L red

  0,02 L red
  0,05 L red
  0,20 L red
  0,30 L red
  1,00 L red
  2,00 L red
  5,00 L red
  10,00 L red

The corner designs are different for each value. These stamps were used until 1877 and were then overprinted to be used as postage 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
0,02cc 
0,05cc 
0,20cc 
0,30cc 
1,00** 
2,00** 
5,00****** 
10,00****** 

 

1878 Official Stamps surcharged '2 C' and bars

  2 c on 0,02 red
  2 c on 0,05 red
  2 c on 0,20 red
  2 c on 0,30 red
  2 c on 1,00 red
  2 c on 2,00 red
  2 c on 5,00 red
  2 c on 10,00 red

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 0,02**** 
2 c on 0,05R*** 
2 c on 0,20***c 
2 c on 0,30**** 
2 c on 1,00**** 
2 c on 2,00**** 
2 c on 5,00**** 
2 c on 10,00***** 

All values exist with inverted overprint: RR.


Postal stationary with a similar design 'CARTOLINA POSTALE DI STATO' in the value 0,10 c red

 

In 1913 three stamps were issued with inscription 'SERVIZIO COMMISSIONE' (30 c red, 60 c brown and 90 c violet), they were also surcharged in 1925 with 'UNA LIRA' and bars (value of all stamps: *):


Postage due stamps

1863 Inscription 'SEGNA TASSA' in an ellipse

10 c yellow

  10 c brown to yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c***-Usually uncancelled

Forgeries of this stamp exist.

 

1869 Inscription 'SEGNA TASSA'

10 c orange

  10 c orange

This stamp has 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
10 cRRR 

 

1870 Inscription 'SEGNATASSE', value in other colour

1 L blue and red and 1 L blue and brown

  1 c orange and red
  2 c orange and red
  5 c orange and red
  10 c orange and red
  20 c orange and red (1894)
  30 c orange and red
  40 c orange and red
  50 c orange and red
  60 c orange and red
  60 c orange and brown (1926)
  1 L blue and brown
  1 L blue and red (1894)
  2 L blue and brown
  2 L blue and red (1894)
  5 L blue and brown
  5 L blue and red (1894)
  10 L blue and brown
  10 L blue and red (1894)

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 c** 
2 c** 
5 ccvc 
10 ccvc 
20 ccc 
30 ccvc 
40 c*c 
50 c*c 
60 c orange and red *c 
60 c orange and brown *c1925
1 L blue and brownRR* 
1 L blue and red*c 
2 L blue and brownRR* 
2 L blue and red*c 
5 L blue and brown**** 
5 L blue and red***c 
10 L blue and brownRR** 
10 L blue and red***c 

Surcharged (1890)

  '10' on 2 c orange and red
  '20' on 1 c orange and red
  '30' on 2 c orange and red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 c on 2 cR** 
20 c on 1 cR* 
30 c on 2 cR* 

Inverted value imprint
(Inverted value, reduced size)

For the specialist: inverted value imprint exists for most of the non-surcharged stamps. The surcharged stamps also exist with inverted surcharge (except the '10' on 2 c).

Forgeries exist of these stamps made by Spiro:

The easiest way to recognize them is by their strange cancels and the absence of watermark (there should be a crown watermark).

Some other forgeries with very bad lettering:

 

1884 Larger stamps, inscription 'SEGNATASSE'

50 L green 50 L yellow and 100 L red

  50 L green
  50 L yellow (1903)
  100 L red
  100 L blue (1903)

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
50 L green****** 
50 L yellow**** 
100 L red****** 
100 L blue**** 


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