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The Stamps and Postal History of Italy

The first Italy stamps were issued 24th February 1862. These were similar in design to those issued by Sardinia in 1855 but perforated. The unification of Italy gradually assimilated the independent states which had been issuing stamps since 1850. The Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed on 17th March 1861. The first complete issue inscribed “Poste Italiane” was released on 1st December 1863. This was printed in both Turin and London. After World War I, Italy gained territory from Austria, particularly in the area of the Tyrol (Trentino) and Venezia Giulia. Stamps for these areas were issued on 11thNovember 1918. As Germany's ally, Italy declared war on 10th June 1940, the following wartime period saw a tremendous array of overprinted and uniquely designed occupation stamp issues. Invaded by the Allies on 3rd September 1943 prolonged action continued throughout the war. British, American and other Allied forces Post Offices continued to operate until 1945.

On 17th September 1943 stamps for the Allied Military Government were issued in Sicily; further issues were released for use in Naples. The Royal Italian Government was re-established. At that time control of the southern regions was transferred to them by the Allies and the Italy stamps issued prior to this date were used. On 23rd September 1943 Mussolini proclaimed the Italian Social Republic which administered those parts which were occupied by Germany. Overprinted stamps for this area were issued in February 1944.

In June 1944 King Victor Emmanuel abdicated in favour of his son Umberto, who became Regent and then King of Italy. On 10th June 1946 a republic was formed and Umberto abdicated. The first stamps of the republic were issued on 31stOctober 1946. 

Italy Stamps

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  • Lot 394 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £280 - £320

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    ITALY - 1863 DE LA RUE SPECIMEN PROOFS imperf proofs on watermarked paper overprinted 'SAGGIO' with all values, incl. 1c olive x8 (incl a block of six), 5c slate x8 (incl a block of six), 10c ochre...
  • Lot 395 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £170 - £200

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    ITALY - 1863 PROOFS & COLOUR TRIALS 15c Victor Emmanuel II in relief, engraved by Francesco Matraire & presented on a trio of album pages with inter-leaving. Includes proofs in black (3, with centr...
  • Lot 396 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £30 - £40

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    ITALY - 1941-77 NEVER HINGED MINT with many sets and back of the book. (+/- 450 stamps)
  • Lot 397 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £25 - £35

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    ITALY - 1961-93 a mainly never hinged mint collection in a Schaubek printed album, plus a few fine used, fairly solid. (Qty)
  • Lot 398 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £75 - £90

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    ITALY - COLLECTION IN 5 STOCKBOOKS mint and used incl. a range of States, later ranges to about 1990, plus Colonies, areas, Vatican etc. (Qty)
  • Lot 399 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £90 - £120

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    ITALY - INTERESTING ACCUMULATION a range of largely mint with much never hinged range on stock cards, incl. Colonies with Somalia good Parcel Post issues, some Trieste, San Marino etc. (Qty)
  • Lot 581 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £55 - £65

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    ITALY - 1878 Overprints, 2c/1 Lira claret S.G.27 (Sass.33), fine mint.
  • Lot 582 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £60

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    ITALY - 1879 10 Cent. red S.G.32 (Sass. 38) signed Gazzi, very fine mint.
  • Lot 583 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £60

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    ITALY - 1879 20 Cent. orange SG33 (Sass.39) signed Gazzi and A.Diena, VFM
  • Lot 584 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £45

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    ITALY - 1884-1891 POSTAGE DUE two sets (Sass.15/19), very fine used. (5)

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