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Stamps of Italy

Definitives of 1923-1929


The definitive postage stamps of Italy, issued between 1923 and 1929, offer a number of interesting options for the philatelist, from simple surcharges to stamps with adjacent advertising labels.


Between 1923 and 1925, the stamps shown above were re-valued with new denominations.  They are as follows:


  • 7 1/2 C. on 85 C.  (1924 - Scott #147)
  • 10 C. on 1 C.  (1923 - Scott #148)
  • 10 C. on 2 C.  (1923 - Scott #149)
  • 10 C. on 15 C.  (1925 - Scott #150)
  • 20 C. on 25 C.  (1925 - Scott #151)
  • 25 C. on 45 C.  (1924 - Scott #152)
  • 25 C. on 60 C.  (1924 - Scott #153)
  • 30 C. on 50 C.  (1925 - Scott #154)
  • 30 C. on 55 C.  (1925 - Scott #155)
  • 50 C. on 40 C.  (1923 - Scott #156)
  • 50 C. on 55 C.  (1923 - Scott #157)
  • 1.75 L. on 10 L.  (1925 - Scott #158)

Surcharge errors exist on many of these stamps.  The majority of them are expensive.


During 1924 and 1925, some of the contemporary definitive stamps of Italy were printed with adjoining advertising labels between the rows of stamps.  These vertically-oriented pairs, containing the stamp and advertising label, were perforated 14 around, but they were imperforate between the stamp and its adjoining label.  Three of them are illustrated above.

With only a few exceptions, these stamps are pretty expensive, but they still make an interesting and attractive display, for the philatelist willing to spend the extra money.

The complete listing of these is as follows:


  • 15 C.  (+ Bitter Campari - Scott #96b)
  • 15 C.  (+ Cordial Campari - Scott #96c)
  • 15 C.  (+ Columbia - Scott #96d)
  • 20 C.  (+ Columbia - Scott N/L - Unissued)
  • 25 C.  (+ Abrador - Scott #100c)
  • 25 C.  (+ Coen - Scott #100d)
  • 25 C.  (+ Piperno - Scott #100e)
  • 25 C.  (+ Reinach - Scott #100f)
  • 25 C.  (+ Tagliacozzo - Scott #100g)
  • 30 C.  (+ Columbia - Scott #102b)
  • 50 C.  (+ Coen - Scott #105b)
  • 50 C.  (+ Columbia - Scott #105c)
  • 50 C.  (+ De Montel - Scott #105d)
  • 50 C.  (+ Piperno - Scott # 105e)
  • 50 C.  (+ Reinach - Scott #105f)
  • 50 C.  (+ Siero Casali - Scott #105g)
  • 50 C.  (+ Singer - Scott #105h)
  • 50 C.  (+ Tagliacozzo - Scott #105i)
  • 50 C.  (+ Tantal - Scott #105j)
  • 60 C.  (+ Cioccolato Perugina - Scott N/L - Unissued)
  •  1  L.  (+ Columbia - Scott #87d)


During 1927, a new definitive stamp design was introduced.  The stamp shown above was issued on August 16, 1927.  It is typographed, perforated 14, and watermarked Crown.


  • 50 C.  (1927 - Scott #192) - Brown and Slate.


The four new higher-denomination stamps of Italy shown above were issued during 1927.  They are engraved, perforated 11, and unwatermarked.


  • 1.75 L.  (1927 - Scott #193) - Deep Brown.
  • 1.85 L.  (1927 - Scott #194) - Black.
  • 2.55 L.  (1927 - Scott #195) - Brownish Carmine.
  • 2.65 L.  (1927 - Scott #196) - Dull Violet.

Several perforation errors exist on these denominations.  They are all very rare.


The four new lower-denomination stamps shown above were issued during 1928 and 1929.  They are typographed, perforated 14, and watermarked Crown.


  • 7 1/2 C.  (1928 - Scott #197) - Light Brown.
  • 15 C.  (1929 - Scott #198) - Brown Orange.
  • 35 C.  (1929 - Scott #199) - Gray Black.
  • 50 C.  (1928 - Scott #200) - Dull Violet.




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