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WWII Anti-Italian Propaganda Forgeries

Two anti-Italian propaganda forgeries of Italian stamps were prepared by the British probably near the end of 1943. Both forgeries parodied the Italian 1941 Italo-German friendship issue and indicated the notion that Hitler is in full charge of the Axis alliance. They were printed by photogravure in sheets of 20 stamps (4x5) and perforated 13.5, both are also known imperforated.

The first forgery is a parody of the 25c value (SG 555, Sassone 454) printed in green as the original. It shows changed expressions on the faces of Hitler and Mussolini – Hitler is shown snarling at surprised Mussolini. The inscription at the foot was changed from Latin text "Due popoli una Guerra" (Two peoples, one war) to "Due popoli un führer" (Two peoples, one leader) and Mussolini's sword ceremonial sword and axe have ragged edges.

The second forgery is a parody of the 50c value (SG 556, Sassone 455) but printed in green unlike the original that was printed in violet. It shows the words "Poste Italiane" at the foot replaced by the German inscription in Gothic letters "Zwei Völker Ein Krieg" (Two peoples, one war) and the value tablets don't show any indication of currency.

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Lot Number: 6723
Closing: 21 November 2017

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Lot Number: 1974
Closing: 28 November 2017

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Lot Number: 6724
Closing: 21 November 2017

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Lot Number: 6725
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 850 - 1000
  • Currency guide (USD): 1114 - 1310
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Lot Number: 1975
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 180 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 236 - 262
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Lot Number: 6726
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 600 - 700
  • Currency guide (USD): 786 - 917
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Lot Number: 6727
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 131 - 157
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Lot Number: 6728
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 325 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 426 - 459
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Lot Number: 396
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 30 - 35
  • Currency guide (USD): 39 - 46
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Lot Number: 6729
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 70
  • Currency guide (USD): 79 - 92
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Lot Number: 6730
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 80 - 100
  • Currency guide (USD): 105 - 131
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Lot Number: 6731
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 220
  • Currency guide (USD): 262 - 288
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Lot Number: 6732
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 110 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 144 - 157
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Lot Number: 6733
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 90 - 100
  • Currency guide (USD): 118 - 131
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Lot Number: 6734
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 70
  • Currency guide (USD): 79 - 92
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Lot Number: 6735
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 100 - 120
  • Currency guide (USD): 131 - 157
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Lot Number: 397
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 70
  • Currency guide (USD): 79 - 92
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Lot Number: 6736
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 325 - 375
  • Currency guide (USD): 426 - 491
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Lot Number: 1976
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 800 - 1000
  • Currency guide (USD): 1048 - 1310
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Lot Number: 6737
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 900 - 1000
  • Currency guide (USD): 1179 - 1310
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Lot Number: 1977
Closing: 28 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 1200 - 1500
  • Currency guide (USD): 1572 - 1965
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Lot Number: 6738
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 220
  • Currency guide (USD): 262 - 288
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Lot Number: 6739
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 80 - 90
  • Currency guide (USD): 105 - 118
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Lot Number: 6740
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 50 - 60
  • Currency guide (USD): 66 - 79
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Lot Number: 6741
Closing: 21 November 2017

  • Guide price (GBP): 45 - 50
  • Currency guide (USD): 59 - 66
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