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1901 King Victor Emanuel III

10 c red 40 c brown 50 c lilac 5 L black and red

  10 c red
  20 c orange
  25 c blue
  25 c green (1926)
  40 c brown
  45 c green
  50 c lilac
  75 c red (1926)
  1 L brown and green
  1.25 L blue (1926)
  2.50 L blue and red
  5 L blue and red
  10 L black and red (1911)

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***vc 
20 c*vc 
25 c blueRc 
25 c greencvc 
40 cRRc 
45 c*c 
50 cRRc 
75 c*vc 
1 L*vc 
1.25 L*vc 
2.50 L**c 
5 L***c 
10 L**** 

Postal forgeries of the 10 c and 40 c values seem to exist (without watermark), but I have never seen them.

Surcharged 

  'C.15' on 20 c orange (1905)
  'Cent. 25' on 45 c green (1924?)
  'Lire 1,75' and bars on 10 L black and red (1925)

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 on 20 c***c 
25 c on 45 c** 
1.75 L on 10 L *** 
Express stamp (larger size)

25 c red

  25 c red (EXPRESSO)
  50 c red (1920)
  'CENT. 60' on 50 c red (1922)
  60 c red (1922)
  'Cent. 70' on 60 c red (1925)
  70 c red (1925)
  1.25 L 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
25 c*c 
50 c*c 
60 c on 50 c**c 
60 c*c 
70 c on 60 c*c 
70 c*c 
1.25 L**** 

For these stamps with overprint in 'centesimi di corona' or 'corona' click here. The 25 c express stamp was overprinted 'ESPERIMENTO POSTA AREA MAGGIO 1917 TORINO ROMA ROMA TORINO' in 1917 (value: unused *, used: ***). This stamp was used for tests with airmail:

Stamps with overprint 'LA CANEA' were issued for Crete.

 

1906 King Victor Emanuel III, facing the right

15 c black Other type, crown with circle in upper corner lower.

  15 c black
  20 c orange (1916)

There are three types of the 15 c. The 15 c has perforation 12, 13 1/2 or 13 x 13 1/2 (according to the type) and the 20 c 13 1/2 (no watermark) or 14 (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
15 c***c 
20 c***cNo watermark
20 c*vcWatermark 'Crown'

Surcharged

  '= CENT.20 =' on 15 c black (1916)

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 c on 15 c*cExists with double or inverted surcharge: RR
Overprinted 'BLP' in fancy letters (1923, war victims fund)

  20 c 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
20 c R*** 

 

1906 King Victor Emanuel III, facing the left

  5 c green
  10 c red
  15 c black (1919)

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 ccvc 
10 ccvc 
15 ccc 

Surcharged
  'DIECI' and bars on 15 c grey (1925)

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 15 ccc 
Overprinted 'BLP' in fancy letters (1923)


(Reduced size)

  10 c red (overprint black or blue)
  15 c black (overprint 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 cRR 
15 cRRRR 

The values 10 c and 15 c exist with overprint 'IX CONGRESSO FILATELICO ITALIANO TRIESTE 1922' (9th Italian philatelic congress 1922, value: ***):

Stamps with overprint 'LA CANEA' were issued for Crete.

Postal forgeries:


Two postal forgeries of the values 15 c and 10 c

Two postal forgeries of the value 10 c exist and one postal forgery of the 15 c value. All postal forgeries don't possess a watermark and are printed rather badly (lithographed). The lettering is not perfect. A full description of all 3 postal forgeries can be found in the book: 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G.L. Fletcher. All these forgeries have perforation 11 1/2 instead of 14.

 

1906 King Victor Emanuel III, facing the left, larger size

  20 c orange
  20 c green
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  25 c green (1927)
  30 c brown
  30 c black
  40 c brown
  50 c violet
  55 c lilac (1920)
  60 c red (1918)
  60 c blue (1923)
  60 c orange (1926)
  85 c brown (1920)

These stamps have watermark 'Crown' and perforation 14. The stamps have either white inscription 'CENT POSTE ITALIANE' or the inscription in colour on a white background.

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 c orange*c 
20 c greencvc 
20 c browncvc 
25 c bluecvc 
25 c greencc 
30 c brown*c 
30 c blackcvc 
40 ccvc 
50 c*vc 
55 c** 
60 c red*vc 
60 c blue** 
60 c orange*vc 
85 c*c 

Surcharged

  'Cent. 7 1/2' and bars on 85 c brown (1924)
  'CENT 20' and bars on 25 c blue (1925)
  'Cent. 25' and bars on 60 c blue (1924)
  'CENT 30' and bars on 50 c violet (1925)
  'CENT 30' and bars on 55 c lilac (1925)
  'Cent. 50' and bars on 40 c brown (1923)
  'Cent. 50' and bars on 55 c lilac (1923)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
7 1/2 c on 85 c cc 
20 c on 25 c*c 
25 c on 60 c*c 
30 c on 50 c*c 
30 c on 55 c** 
50 c on 40 c*c 
50 c on 55 c**c 
Overprinted 'BLP' in fancy letters (1923, war victims fund)

  25 c blue (overprint red)
  40 c brown
  50 c violet
  60 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
25 c****** 
40 cRRRR 
50 cRR 
60 cRRRRRR 
Express stamp (larger size)

2 L blue and red

  30 c blue and red (EXPRES, 1908)
  '25' on 40 c violet (ESPRESSO URGENTE, 1917)
  'LIRE 1,20' and bars on 30 c blue and red (1921)
  1.20 L blue
  'Lire 1,60' and bars on 1,20 L blue and red
  2 L blue and red
  2.50 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
30 c** 
25 c on 40 c**** 
1.20 L on 30 c **** 
1.20 L RR 
1.60 L on 1.20 L **** 
2 L**** 
2.50 L*** 

These stamps exist with advertisement labels attached to it:

The values 25 c and 40 c exist with overprint 'IX CONGRESSO FILATELICO ITALIANO TRIESTE 1922' (9th Italian philatelic congress 1922, value: ***):

The express stamp 25 c on 40 c was overprinted 'IDROVOLANTE NAPOLI - PALERMO - NAPOLI 25 CENT 25' in 1917 for a test with airmail (value: *):

For these stamps with overprint in 'centesimi di corona' click here. Stamps with overprint 'LA CANEA' were issued for Crete.


(Unofficial Postage Due Stamp? 60 c overprinted 'T')


(Airmail stamp as issued from 1926 onwards in a similar design, inscription 'POSTA AEREA')

Postal forgery:


A postal forgery of the 60 c value

A postal forgery of the value 60 c exists. It doesn't possess a watermark and is printed rather badly (lithographed). The lettering is not perfect. According to the book: 'Postal Forgeries of the World' by H.G.L. Fletcher, it exists used in Rome around October 1927. I've also seen this postal forgery largely misperforated.


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