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With thanks to Lorenzo, (check his excellent website on Italian States!) who kindly set some of his images at my disposal.

1851 Victor Emanuel II

Image obtained from Lorenzo 20 c blue, image obtained thanks to Lorenzo Image thanks to Lorenzo

  5 c black
  20 c blue
  40 c 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
5 cRRRRRR 
20 cRRRRR 
40 cRRRRRR 

Typical cancel:

Typical cancellation Certified genuine

Reprints have been made by the printer in 1863 and by other persons in 1877. These reprints can be found cancelled and even on faked letters.

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery! Forgery!

In the first forgery the beard of the king is quite strange. For the 20 c (VENTI) the second 'O' of 'BOLLO' should start at the end of the triangular ornament. In the first and second forgery the 'O' is placed to far down. In the 5 c and the 40 c the center of the 'L' of 'BOLLO' should be at the same height as the end of the triangular ornament.

Forgery!

Could the above forgeries be the ones mentioned in 'The Spud Papers'? The beard of the king goes straight down in these forgeries.

Another forgery (possibly Fournier?):

Forgery!

There exists a bogus value in the colour 5 c green (no picture available yet).

Sperati forgeries (falsi de Sperati):


Sperati forgery, image obtained from Richard Frajola's website: http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/sitaly.htm

This Sperati forgery of the 5 c can be recognized by:
1) Two white dots in the leaf ornament in the upper left corner
2) Oblique line to the right of the 'P' of 'POSTE' (non clearly visible in this specimen)
3) Oblique line below the '5'
4) Besides the 'R' of 'FRANCO' there is a white dot
5) Parts of a line can be found outside the right hand side frameline.
6) This stamp is photo-lithographed.

Sperati also made forgeries of the 40 c value (see image below), however I do not know the distinghuishing characteristics.


Sperati forgeries, first image obtained from Richard Frajola's website: http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/sitaly.htm

If anybody has more information about the distinguishing characteristics of this forgery, please contact me!


(I have serious doubts about this stamp, it is probably a forgery)

 

1853 Victor Emanuel II, embossed on coloured paper

5 c green, image thanks to Lorenzo 20 c blue 40 c red

  5 c green
  20 c blue
  40 c 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
5 cRRRRRR 
20 cRRRRR 
40 cRRRRRR 

Some very clear copies:

Image thanks to Lorenzo

Unofficial reprints were made of these stamps. There also exist proofs (and forgeries?) in different colours (even with cancels). Examples:


(20 c violet and reprint? with cancel)

 

1854 Victor Emanuel II, embossed on white paper, head white, Inscriptions in color

5 c green 20 c blue

  5 c green
  20 c blue
  40 c 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
5 cRRRRR 
20 cRRRR 
40 cRRRRR 

A very clear copy:

Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo

Unofficial reprints were made of these stamps.

A forgery in the colour yellow:

 

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