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Albania Stamps and Postal History

The first Albania stamps were issued in 1913 with overprints on Turkish stamps, a number of interesting and rather temporary stamps were created until December 1913 when Albania’s first full stamp designs were issued. Beautiful and interesting stamp issues reflect the turbulent history of this beautiful country.

During WWI Albania was a battleground and was occupied by different powers but the central government continued to issue stamps throughout the period. At the end Italy occupied most of the country but in 1920 the Albanians forced the Italians to recognize Albanian sovereignty. On 7 April 1939 Italy invaded and occupied Albania. Specially overprinted stamps were issued almost immediately and the crown of Albania was offered to the King of Italy. During WW2 Italy used Albania as its base for the invasion of Greece in 1940. The Greeks counterattacked and soon overran almost half of Albania and overprinted stamps for southern Albania on 10 December 1940. When Germany invaded Yugoslavia and Greece in April 1941, it returned the control of Albania to Italy. When Italy surrendered in September 1943, Germany immediately assumed occupation. Many unusual and interesting stamps were issued during this period.

In January 1945 stamps from the Italian occupation were further overprinted for the new republic and until 1991 Albania was a one-party Communist State, when the first multi-party elections took place. To this day interesting Albania stamps continue to issued which beautifully illustrate its unique culture and history. We recommend the extensive stamp listing in Stanley Gibbons Part 3 Balkans catalogue, also those published in the Michel Volume 3 Sud-Europa catalogue.
Albania Stamps

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  • Lot 12 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £60 - £70

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    ALBANIA - 1928 Air Valona-Brindisi opt set,Michel 162/68, SG 222/28,vfm (7)
  • Lot 13 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £50

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    ALBANIA - SASENO 1923 Italian Occupation set, SG 1/8, fine mint (8),
  • Lot 116 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £50 - £60

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    ALBANIA - 1910's-60's mainly never hinged mint ranges on stockcards. (+/- 270 stamps)
  • Lot 1457 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £80 - £90

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    ALBANIA - 1913 1pi ultramarine 'Double Eagle' overprint (Michel 7, SG 7), very fine used on piece tied by 'Elbasan' cds cancel, expertized Sorani.
  • Lot 1458 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £150 - £180

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    ALBANIA - 1913 2pi blue-black, Eagle ovptd in black, Mi 8, fine used, signed Bloch.
  • Lot 1459 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £150 - £200

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    ALBANIA - 1913 Double-headed Eagle handstamped 10pa green, as SG/Mi/Sc 5, with HANDSTAMP INVERTED, fine used. Variously signed on reverse incl Rohr.
  • Lot 1460 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £180 - £200

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    ALBANIA - 1914 Arrival of Prince William of Wied complete set (SG 33/38, Mi 35/40, Scott 41/46), fine used. (6 stamps)
  • Lot 1461 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £85 - £100

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    ALBANIA - 1939-40 Definitive set, S.G. 351-365 (Sass. 16-29 + Airmail 4), very fine used. (14 stamps)
  • Lot 5105 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £275 - £300

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    ALBANIA - 1913 20pa rose carmine, Pl II, 'INVERTED OVERPRINT' variety, SG 13var (Mi 13var), very fine used. Signed H. Bloch. Seldom seen.
  • Lot 5106 (Sandafayre #5334)

    Tuesday 7th June 2022, 16:30

    Est. £300 - £350

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    ALBANIA - 1913 Double-headed Eagle 2½pi violet brown, perf 12 (SG 1, Scott 1, Mi 9), on piece tied by part cds, expertized on reverse including Dr Dommerskirchen BPP.

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