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San Marino



FIRST STAMPS Papal States 1850 to 1870, Italy 1870-7.

FIRST STAMPS ISSUED 1 August 1877.




CURRENCY

1877, 100 centesimi = 1 lira.



According to tradition the oldest republic still in existence, San Marino is believed to have been founded in the 4th century by Marinus, an escaped stone- cutter who was avoiding religious persecution.


The republic was an enclave in the Papal States and used the stamps of that region from 1850.


San Marino has continued to issue stamps since 1877 and was not occupied during World War II.




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