Key: 4210  
Country:
Group: Italian
Volume: 43
Issued: 3173 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
Area - 301,287 sq.km; Population - 57,679,000; Capital - Rome
A Republic, located in south central Europe. A highly industrial and cultural
developed nation, very well known for its fashion, exporting clothing, textiles
and motor vehicles.
The United Kingdom of Italy came into existence in 1861 by unifying the kingdoms
of SARDINIA (comprising the states of PARMA, MODENA, TUSCANY and ROMAGNA) and
the NEAPOLITAN PROVINCES (comprising the kingdoms of NAPLES and SICILY - known
also as Two Sicilies). Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia, became the first
King of the united state. Following several wars, the unification was completed
in 1870, when the Italian army overtook Rome and its surroundings, the last
remainder of the ROMAN STATES (PAPAL). Italy became one of the European powers
which, during the colonial era in the second half of the nineteenth century,
were involved in overseas expansion, resulting in the seizure of ERITREA,
SOMALIA, LIBYA, CYRENAICA, TRIPOLITANIA, ETHIOPIA (ABYSSINIA) and the
AEGEAN ISLANDS (general).
Italy also maintained overseas Post Offices in CRETE, Italian P.O., LEVANT, Italian P.O.
and CHINA, Italian P.O..
In 1943 a Socialist Republic was proclaimed on the territory which was under the
rullership of Mussolini. In 1945 the Kingdom was dissolved and the Italian
Republic was proclaimed by a plebiscite. The city of VATICAN (VATICAN CITY) and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) located in Rome.
First stamps issued in 1862. Direct UPU membership since July 1st, 1875. Annual
output about 60.
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Inscriptions
FRANCO POSTE BOLLO with embossed portrait facing right (perforated stamps)
FRANCO BOLLO
FRANCO BOLLO ITALIANO
POSTE ITALIANE
REGNO D'ITALIA
ITALIA
POSTA ITALIANA
REPUBBLICA SOCIALE ITALIANA
REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
REPVBBLICA ITALIANA
P.M. overprinted on stamps of Italy
G.N.R. overprinted on stamps of Italy
ALLIED MILITARY POSTAGE ITALY
TRASPORTO PACCHI IN CONCESSIONE
PACCHI POSTALI
SEGNATASSA
SEGNATASSE

Index
ITALY
      Kingdom 1861-1946
      Socialist Republic 1943-1945
      Royal Post 1944
      Republic 1945-
      Official Stamps
      Military Post Stamps
      Authorized Delivery Stamps
      Parcel Post Stamps
      Franchise Stamps
      Postage Due Stamps
      Money Order Stamps
      Commercial Advertizing Stamps
 
Currency
100 Centesimi = 1 Lira
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Related Countries

SARDINIA
Sardinia

PARMA
Parma

MODENA
Modena

TUSCANY
Tuscany

ROMAGNA
Romagna

NEAPOLITAN PROVINCES
Neapolitan Provinces

NAPLES
Naples

SICILY
Sicily

ROMAN STATES (PAPAL)
Roman States (papal)

ERITREA
Eritrea

SOMALIA
Somalia

LIBYA
Libya

CYRENAICA
Cyrenaica

TRIPOLITANIA
Tripolitania

ETHIOPIA (ABYSSINIA)
Ethiopia (abyssinia)

AEGEAN ISLANDS (general)
Aegean Islands (general)

CRETE, Italian P.O.
Crete, Italian P.o.

LEVANT, Italian P.O.
Levant, Italian P.o.

CHINA, Italian P.O.
China, Italian P.o.

VATICAN (VATICAN CITY)
Vatican (vatican City)

SMOM
Smom