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ITALIAN POST OFFICES ABROAD (Turkey, Albania etc.)

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General issue

Note: The stamps of Italy, slightly changed and overprinted with 'ESTERO' were used in Buenos Aires (Argentine), Montevideo (Uruguay), Erithrea, Alexandria (Egypt), Tunesia, Libya and Turkey. The use of the 'ESTERO' stamps was stopped at the end of 1889. Some stamps exist cancelled to order, especially with bar cancels '3364' and '3862, or also with bar cancels without any number.

1874 Stamps of Italy of 1863 slightly changed (ornaments cut out), and overprinted 'ESTERO' (=abroad)

1 c green 2 c brown '235' Tunis cancel 5 c olive 20 c blue 20 c orange 30 c brown '235' Tunis cancel

  1 c olive (number)
  2 c red (number)
  5 c olive (Victor Emanuel II)
  10 c orange (Victor Emanuel II)
  10 c blue (Victor Emanuel II, 1878)
  20 c blue (Victor Emanuel II)
  20 c orange (Victor Emanuel II, 1878)
  30 c brown (Victor Emanuel II)
  40 c red (Victor Emanuel II)
  60 c violet (Victor Emanuel II)
  2 L orange (Victor Emanuel II)

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 cR*** 
10 c orangeRR*** 
10 c blueRRR 
20 c blueRRRR 
20 c orangeRRR 
30 c ***** 
40 c***** 
60 c**R 
2 LRRRR 

Special number cancels, examples 234 = Alexandria, 235 = Tunis, 3051 = Tripoli di Barberia and

A;exandria cancel '234' Alexandria cancel '234' Alexandria cancel (234?) 2 c brown '235' Tunis cancel

Forgeries exist on normal stamps of Italy (without the ornaments cut out), example of such a forgery:


(Forged overprint on normal stamp of Italy)

The forger Mirza Hadi obtained a large quantity of remainders of the 1 c, 2 c and 60 c stamps of this issue (somewhere before 1912). After applying a forged '234' cancel he sold them to collectors (source: 'Philatelic Forgers, their Lives and Works' by V.E. Tyler).

 

1881 Stamps of Italy of 1879 (King Humbert), slightly changed (ornaments cut out), and oveprinted 'ESTERO' (=abroad)

5 c green 10 c red 20 c orange 25 c blue 50 c violet 2 L orange

  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c orange
  25 c blue
  50 c violet
  2 L orange

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****** 
10 c***** 
20 c**** 
25 c***** 
50 c**RR 
2 L***-No 'genuinly' used stamps are known

1903 Stamps of Italy overprinted with 'ALBANIA' and surcharged to be used in Albania

  '10 Para 10' on 5 c green (eagle)
  '10 Para 10' on 5 c green (Victor Emanuel III)
  '20 Para 20' on 10 c red (Victor Emanuel III)
  '35 Para 35' on 20 c orange (Victor Emanuel III)
  '40 Para 40' on 25 c blue (Victor Emanuel III)
  '80 Para 80' on 50 c violet (Victor Emanuel III, 1908)

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 pa on 5 c****Eagle
10 pa on 5 cRRRRVictor Emanuel III
20 pa on 10 c ****** 
35 pa on 20 c****** 
40 pa on 25 c****** 
80 pa on 50 c****** 

 

1903 Stamps of Italy overprinted with value in 'Para'


(reduced size)

  '10 Para 10' on 5 c green (eagle)
  '10 Para 10' on 5 c green (Victor Emanuel III, 1908)
  '20 Para 20' on 10 c red (Victor Emanuel III, 1908)
  '30 Para 30' (violet) on 15 c black (Victor Emanuel III, 1908)
  '35 Para 35' on 20 c orange (Victor Emanuel III)
  '40 Para 40' on 25 c blue (Victor Emanuel III)
  '40 Para 40' on 25 c blue (Victor Emanuel III, 1908, other type)
  '80 Para 80' on 50 c violet (Victor Emanuel III, 1908)
  '80 Para 80' on 50 c violet (Victor Emanuel III, 1908, other type)

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 pa on 5 c****Eagle
10 pa on 5 c**Victor Emanuel III, 1908
20 pa on 10 c **1908
30 pa on 15 c** 
35 pa on 20 c****** 
40 pa on 25 c****** 
40 pa on 25 c**1908, other type
80 pa on 50 c****** 
80 pa on 50 c******On other type

 

1908 Stamps of Italy overprinted with value in 'PARA' or 'PIASTRE'

'30 PARA' (red) on 15 c black Second type


(Reduced size)

  '10 PARA' on 5 c green
  '20 PARA' on 10 c red
  '30 PARA' (red or black) on 15 c black
  '1 PIASTRA' on 25 c blue
  '2 PIASTRE' on 50 c violet
  '4 PIASTRE' on 1 L brown and green
  '4 PIASTRE 4' on 1 L brown and green
  '20 PIASTRE' on 5 L blue and red
  '20 PIASTRE 20' on 5 L blue and red

Many of these stamps were purely speculative.

Only stamp known on letter
(Speculative issue)

For example, only 99 stamps of the above 4 Pi on 1 L were printed. The above one is the only one on cover!

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 pa on 5 c****Two types, second type: R
20 pa on 10 c****Two types, second type: R
30 pa on 15 c**Usually with red '30 PARA',
with black '30 PARA': RR
Exists in a second type: ***
1 Pi on 25 c******Two types, second type: RR
2 Pi on 50 cRRRRTwo types
'4 PIASTRE' on 1 L RRRRRRTwo types
'4 PIASTRE 4' on 1 L RRTwo types
'20 PIASTRE' on 5 LRRRRRRTwo types
'20 PIASTRE 20' on 5 L RRTwo types, second type: RR

A '1 PIASTRA 1' (red) on 25 c blue was issued for Crete.

 

1908 Stamps of Italy overprinted with Durazzo, Janina, Gerusalemme (Jerusalem), Salonicco, Scutari di Albania, Smirne or Valona and surcharged in Para or Piastre

Jerusalem, 20 Pi on 5 L blue and red 'SCUTARI DI ALBANIA'

  10 pa on 5 c green
  20 pa on 10 c red
  30 pa (violet) on 15 c black
  1 Pi on 25 c blue
  2 Pi on 50 c violet
  4 Pi on 1 L brown and green
  20 Pi on 5 L blue and red
  40 Pi on 10 L olive 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
Prices same for all cities
10 pa on 5 ccc 
20 pa on 10 ccc 
30 pa on 15 c****** 
1 Pi on 25 c** 
2 Pi on 50 c**** 
4 Pi on 1 L****** 
20 Pi on 5 LRR 
40 Pi on 10 LRRRR 

For Scutari di Albania a 4 pa on 2 c brown was also issued. A further overprint 'CENT 20' was issued for Durazzo, Scutari di Albania and Valona on 30 pa on 15 c black. The 30 pa on 15 c for Valona exists in two types: 'Valona 30 para 30' or 'VALONA 30 PARA 30' (1916). More stamps with overprint 'SMIRNE' were issued in 1922.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 pa on 2 cc*Scutari di Albania
20 c on 30 pa on 15 c ***RDurazzo
20 c on 30 pa on 15 c***RScutari di Albania
20 c on 30 pa on 15 c****Valona

 

1909 Stamps of Italy, overprinted 'Costantinopoli' and value

  10 pa on 5 c green
  20 pa on 10 c red
  30 pa on 15 c black
  1 Pi on 25 c blue
  2 Pi on 50 c violet

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 pa on 5 ccc 
20 pa on 10 c** 
30 pa on 15 c** 
1 Pi on 25 c** 
2 Pi on 50 c**** 

 

1909 Stamps of Italy, overprinted 'COSTANTINOPOLI' and value

(Sorry, no pictures available yet)

  4 Pi on 1 L brown and green
  20 Pi on 5 L blue and red
  40 Pi on 10 L olive 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
4 Pi on 1 L****** 
20 Pi on 5 LRR 
40 Pi on 10 L RRRR 

 

1921-23 Issues for Constantinopel, stamps of Italy overprinted in PARA

45 Pi on 5 L blue and red
(Reduced size)

  'PARA 10' on 1 c brown (1922)
  'PARA 20' on 2 c brown (1922)
  '30 PARA' on 2 c brown (1922)
  '30 PARA' on 5 c green (1922, two types)
  'PARA 30' on 5 c green (1922)
  '1 PIASTRE' on 5 c green
  'PIASTRE 1 PARA 20' on 15 c black (1922)
  'PIASTRE 1 PARA 25' on 25 c blue (1923)
  1 1/2 Pi on 10 c red (1922)
  '1,50 PIASTRE' on 20 c orange (1922)
  '1,50 PIASTRE' on 25 c blue (1922)
  '2 PIASTRE' on 15 c black
  'PIASTRE 3' on 20 c orange (1922)
  3 Pi on 25 c blue (1922)
  'PIASTRE 3 PARA 30' on 25 c blue (1922)
  'PIASTRE 3 PARA 30' on 40 c brown (1923)
  3,75 Pi on 40 c brown (1922)
  3 3/4 Pi on 40 c brown (1922)
  '4 PIASTRE' on 20 c orange
  4 Pi 20 pa on 50 c violet
  'PIASTRE 4,50' on 50 c violet (1922)
  '4 1/2 PIASTRE' on 50 c violet (1922)
  '5 PIASTRE' on 25 c blue
  'PIASTRE 7 PARA 20' on 60 c red (1922)
  7,50 Pi on 60 c orange (1922)
  7 1/2 Pi on 85 c brown (1922)
  7 1/2 Pi on 1 L brown and green (overprint red, 1922)
  '10 PIASTRE' on 60 c red
  15 Pi on 85 c brown (1922, 2 types?)
  'PIASTRE 15' on 1 L brown and green (1922)  
  '15 PIASTRE' on 1 L brown and green (overprint red, 1922)
  18 Pi 30 pa on 1 L brown and green (1923)
  18,75 Pi on 1 L brown and green (1922)
  45 Pi on 5 L blue and red (1922, two types?)
  90 Pi on 10 L olive and red (1922, two 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
10 pa on 1 c** 
20 pa on 2 c** 
30 pa on 2 c** 
'30 PARA' on 5 c******30 in front of PARA
'30 PARA' on 5 ccc30 above PARA
'PARA 30' on 5 c****** 
1 Pi on 5 cRRRR 
1 Pi 20 pa on 15 c ** 
1 Pi 20 pa on 25 c** 
1 1/2 Pi on 10 c** 
1.50 Pi on 20 c** 
1.50 Pi on 25 c****** 
2 Pi on 15 c** 
3 Pi on 20 c** 
3 Pi on 25 c**** 
3 Pi 30 pa on 25 c ** 
3 Pi 30 pa on 40 c*** 
3,75 Pi on 40 c** 
3 3/4 Pi on 40 c** 
4 Pi on 20 c****** 
4 Pi 20 pa on 50 c**** 
4,50 Pi on 50 c**** 
4 1/2 Pi on 50 c****** 
5 Pi on 25 c****** 
7 Pi 20 pa on 60 c** 
7,50 Pi on 60 c**** 
7 1/2 Pi on 85 c****** 
7 1/2 Pi on 1 L****** 
10 Pi on 60 c**** 
15 Pi on 85 c****** 
'PIASTRE 15' on 1 L****** 
'15 PIASTRE' on 1 L ***R 
18 Pi 30 pa on 1 L****** 
18,75 Pi on 1 L***** 
45 Pi on 5 LRR 
90 Pi on 10 LRR 

 

1922-23 Stamps of Italy with overprint 'COSTANTINOPOLI' and surcharged

'COSTANTINOPOLI' written at the middle of the stamp (1922)

  20 pa on 5 c green 
  1 Pi 20 pa on 15 c black
  3 Pi on 30 c brown  
  3 Pi 30 pa on 40 c brown 
  7 Pi 20 pa on 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
20 pa on 5 c****** 
1 Pi 20 pa on 15 c ** 
3 Pi on 30 c** 
3 Pi 30 pa on 40 c** 
7 Pi 20 pa on 1 L** 
'COSTANTINOPOLI' written at the top of the stamp (1923)

  30 pa on 5 c green
  1 Pi 20 pa on 25 c blue 
  3 Pi 30 pa on 40 c brown 
  4 Pi 20 pa on 50 c violet 
  7 Pi 20 pa on 60 c red 
  15 Pi on 85 c brown 
  18 Pi 30 pa on 1 L brown and green 
  45 Pi on 5 L blue and red 
  90 Pi on 10 L olive 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
30 pa on 5 ccc 
1 Pi 20 pa on 25 c c* 
3 Pi 30 pa on 40 c** 
4 Pi 20 pa on 50 c** 
7 Pi 20 pa on 60 c**** 
15 Pi on 85 c****** 
18 Pi 30 pa on 1 L****** 
45 Pi on 5 L****** 
90 Pi on 10 LRR 

 

1922 Stamps of Italy with overprint 'SMIRNE' and surcharged

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  20 pa on 5 c green 
  1 Pi 20 pa on 15 c black
  3 Pi on 30 c brown  
  3 Pi 30 pa on 40 c brown 
  7 Pi 20 pa on 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
20 pa on 5 c****** 
1 Pi 20 pa on 15 c ** 
3 Pi on 30 c*** 
3 Pi 30 pa on 40 c*** 
7 Pi 20 pa on 1 L**( 

 

1922 Stamp of Italy with local surcharge

  'Piastre 3.75' on 25 c blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
3.75 Pi on 25 c ** 

 


Express stamps

1908 Express stamps of Italy, surcharged with 'PIASTRA' or 'Para'

 

  '1 PIASTRA 1' on 25 c red
  '60 Para 60' on 30 c blue 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
1 Pi on 25 c**** 
60 pa on 30 c****** 

 

1922 Express stamps of Italy, surcharged in Piastres

  15 Pi on 30 c blue and red
  15 Pi on 30 c blue and red (with overprint 'COSTANTINOPOLI, 1923)
  15 Pi on 1,20 L on 30 c blue 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
15 Pi on 30 c******Two types, with large '15': RR
15 Pi on 30 c******With 'COSTANTINOPOLI'
15 Pi on 1.20 L on 30 c ****** 

Postage due stamps

1922 Postage due stamps of Italy overprinted 'Costantinopoli'

  10 c orange and red
  30 c orange and red
  60 c orange and red
  1 L blue and red
  2 L blue and red
  5 L blue 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
10c **** 
30 c****** 
60 c****** 
1 L**** 
2 LRRRR 
5 LRRRR 

These stamps seem to have a control mark.


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