Postage Stamps of Italian Post Offices in the Levant

by Tony Clayton


Constantinople


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The three Italian Post Offices in Constantinople (Galata, Pera and Stambul) opened in June 1908. The offices finally closed in 1923 after several short periods of closure.

The first stamps were overprinted locally, and this first issue, with numbers from 49 for the 20 piastre on 5 lire, to just 999 for the most common, the 10 para on 5c, are all very scarce.

10pa on 5c

First local issue. 10 para on 5 centesimi
Sassone 1.

10pa on 5c

Second local issue. 10 para on 5 centesimi
Sassone 8.

2pi on 50c

Second local issue. 2 piastre on 50 centesimi
Sassone 12.
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10pa on 5c

Second local issue. 2 piastre on 50 centesimi, wide 2
Sassone 12m.
Author's Collection

PIPSTRA error

Second local issue. 1 piastra on 25 centesimi
PIPSTRA error in pair with normal

Sassone 11d.

4pi on 1l

Second local issue. 4 Piastre on 1 lire
400 printed. Sassone 13.
Courtesy of Italy & Colonies Study Circle

20pi on 5l

Second local issue. 20 Piastre on 5 lire
200 printed. Sassone 14.
Courtesy of Italy & Colonies Study Circle

4pi on 1l

Third local issue. 4 Piastre on 1 lire
Sassone 16.

20pi on 5l

Third local issue. 20 Piastre on 5 lire
Sassone 17.

4pi on 1l

Fourth local issue. 4 Piastre on 1 lire
Sassone 16.

20pi on 5l

Fourth local issue. 20 Piastre on 5 lire
Sassone 17.

4pi on 1l

Forgery of Fourth local issue. 4 Piastre on 1 lire
Evidence: 4's too far apart; PIASTRE much too wide; postmark dated in the 1920's long after the issue was replaced in 1909; postmark clearly not of Constantinople type.

1pi on 5c

Fifth local issue. 1 Piastra on 5 centesimi
Sassone 28.

7½pi on 85c

Eighth local issue. 7½ Piastre on 85 centesimi.
Error: PIASIRE instead of PIASTRE (position 98)

Sassone 63c.

45pi on 5l

Eighth local issue. 45 Piastre on 5 lire
Sassone 66.

45pi on 5l

45 Piastre on 5 lire, used
Sassone 66.

90pi on 10l

Eighth local issue. 90 Piastre on 10 lire
Sassone 67.

7pi 20pa on 60c

Turin Printing of 1921.
7 Piastre 20 Para on 60c

Sassone 39.
Left edge of 7 above right side of 0

7pi 20pa on 60c

Unissued Turin Printing of 1923.
7 Piastre 20 Para on 60c

Sassone 71.
Left edge of 7 above inside of 0

45pi

Unissued Turin Printing of 1923.
45 Piastre on 5 lire

Sassone 74.
Closed 4. Issued Sassone 56 has an open 4.

90pi

Unissued Turin Printing of 1923.
90 Piastre on 10 lire

Sassone 75.
Tail of 9 points down. Issued Sassone 57 has tail of 9 curved up.

Express

First Express issue. 1.20 lire on 30c stamp overprinted 15 PIASTRE
This copy has an offset overprint
Sassone E1b.

Express

Second Express issue. 15 PIASTRE on 30c
Sassone E2.
Courtesy of Italy and Colonies Study Circle

Postage Due

1 lira Postage Due
This is a mint stamp. All Constantinople dues were overprinted with a control stamp on each block of 4 before use. Sassone D4.
Courtesy of Italy and Colonies Study Circle


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