1921 Dante Issue <<-- : -->> Trieste Philatelic Congress issue
Stamps printed to celebrate Victory at the end of the First World War were intended to be issued in 1919, and the four values were intended to cover printed matter (5c), local postcards (10c), postcards or local letters (15c), and non-local or foreign letters (25c).
In the event the stamps were not issued until 1st November 1921, by which time the postage rates had significantly increased. Speculation ensued, so a further printing was made.
There are two comb perforations (found on the same sheet) and a rare line perforation found on the 10c and 25c.
10 centesimi red.
25 centesimi blue.
The extra printing resulted in surplus stocks, so all four values were overprinted LIRE UNA to pay the foreign letter rate.
1 lira on 5 centesimi green, perf 14
As the overprinted stamps are significantly scarcer than the unoverprinted versions, forgeries abound.
Top: Genuine Overprint
1921 Dante Issue <<-- :
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v4 18th April 2015