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ITALY and Neapolitan Provinces, issues with King Victor Emanuel

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The earliest Italian stamps did often only have the value written on it, the following table gives the meaning of the value inscription:
1/2 = Mezzo1 = Un2 = Due5 = Cinque
10 = Dieci15 = Quindici20 = Venti25 = Venticinque
30 = Trenta40 = Quaranta50 = Cinquanta60 = Sessanta


Neapolitan provinces

1861 King Victor Emanuel II embossed, inscription 'Franco Poste Bollo'

1/2 g brown 1 g black 2 g blue 5 g red 10 g orange 50 g grey 50 g blue

  1/2 (Mezzo) t green
  1/2 (Mezzo) g brown
  1 (Un) g black
  2 (Due) g blue
  5 (Cinque) g red
  10 (Dieci) g orange
  20 (Venti) g yellow
  50 (Cinquanta) g grey (or blue)

Similar stamps were issued in Italy. Some of these stamps exist with inverted center.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 t**R 
1/2 gRRR 
1 gR*** 
2 g**** 
5 g***R 
10 g ***R 
20 gRRR 
50 gRRRR 

Typical cancels:

20 g yellow

I have my doubts about the following two stamps, the embossed center is inverted, forgeries?


A stamp of Sardinia with the same '1884' forged numeral cancel as shown above

I know that Sperati also has made forgeries with inverted head. He bleached out the design of a genuine stamp, leaving the embossed center intact and then printed a new design, inverted, on top of it. In this way the experts were fooled; they tried to establish if the embossing was genuine (and it is in these forgeries!). Examples of these forgeries can be found at: http://www.seymourfamily.com/rfrajola/Sperati/speratiindex.htm, :


(Sperati forgery, image obtained from Richard Frajola's website)

Other forgery with 'FAUX' (=forgery in French) overprint:

Forgery!
(Could this be a Fournier forgery?)

Postal forgeries

A number of postal forgeries exist (to deceive the post office). There is one postal forgery of the 5 g value, two of the 10 g value and one of the 20 g value. Example:


(Postal forgery, image obtained from Lorenzo)

In the above postal forgery of the 10 g, the crosses in the corners are not symmetrically. In the genuine 10 g stamp, there are 12 pairs of white dots at the bottom and at the left, 15 pairs of white dots at the left and 14 pairs at the right. This postal forgery has 13 pairs of dots at the bottom and 15 at the top.


Issues with King Victor Emanuel II for Italy

1862 Victor Emanuel II embossed, Inscription 'FRANCO BOLLO' as Sardinian types, but now perforated and a 15 c imperforate

10 c brown
20 c blue 40 c red 80 c yellow

  10 c brown
  20 c blue
  40 c red
  80 c 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 cRRRR 
20 c**** 
40 cRR 
80 c*RR 
Imperforate

15 c blue

  15 Centesimi 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
15 c******Inverted center: RR

The 5 c green was never issued perforated (only imperforated for Sardinia), but reprint-forgeries made by the forger David Cohn exists of this stamp with perforation:

For more information on these 'reprints' see under Sardinia.

 

1863 Imperforated Stamp Inscription: 'FRANCO BOLLO POSTALE ITALIANO C. QUINDICI'

15 c blue, image obtained thanks to Lorenzo

  15 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
15 cc* 

Forgeries:

I've been told that the above stamp is a forgery (I don't understand why anyone would like to forge this stamp, since it is relatively cheap, a postal forgery maybe?).

According to the book: 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G.L. Fletcher, a postal forgery exists, but it does not resemble the above forgery (this postal forgery has a very long upper part of the 'T' and 'E' of 'POSTALE').

 

1863 Victor Emanuel II, various frames, perforated

5 c green 10 c orange 30 c brown 2 L red

  5 c green
  10 c brown
  10 c blue (1877)
  15 c blue
  20 c blue (1876)
  20 c orange (1877)
  30 c brown
  40 c red
  60 c violet
  2 L red

Surcharged (1865)

  20 c and bar on 15 c blue

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


(Watermark crown)

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 brownRc 
10 c blueRRc 
15 cRRc 
20 c blue***c 
20 c orangeRRc 
30 c**c 
40 cRRc 
60 c**** 
2 L****** 
20 c on 15 c**cThree types exist of this overprint


(Stamp of Italy used in Marseilles, France)

Overprinted 'ESTERO' for use in the Italian post offices in the Levant, click here, (slightly different design).


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