Postage Stamps of Italy

by Tony Clayton

Occupation of Former Austrian Territories

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Trentino-Alto Adige

After the surrender of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in November 1918 Italy occupied a number of areas of the former Empire prior to assimilation into the Kingdom of Italy.

First Issue

The first issue, on 11th November 1918 consisted of overprinted Austrian stamps. Forged examples are known.


1 krone
Sassone 15.
Just 1100 issued.


4 krone
Sassone 17.
Just 210 issued. Courtesy of Italy & Colonies Study Circle

Second Issue

On the 6th December a new issue of Italian stamps overprinted Venezia Tridentina was made.


20 centesimi
Sassone 23.

1l used

1 lire used on piece
Note the Trento 1 postmark which has had the German text removed from the upper half
Just 5000 issued. Sassone 27.

Trentino-Alto Adige Provisional Postage Due Stamps

No official Postage Due stamps were available for Trentino-Alto Adige, so three offices, Bolzano 1, Bolzano 3 and Tirolo and Lana, issued their own provisionals.

5c used

5 centesimi of Bolzano 1
Bolzano 1 office used a T handstamp
Sassone BZ1/12.

10c used

10 centesimi
Black handstamp instead of violet
Sassone BZ1/13.

5c used

5 centesimi of Bolzano 3
Bolzano 3 office used a range of overprints
Sassone BZ3/80.

20c used

20 centesimi
Sassone BZ3/82.

5 and 20 heller

5 and 20 heller postage due provisional
Issued by Bolzano 3 office in February 1919
Sassone BZ3/130 and 132.

2c mint

2 centesimi of Bolzano 3
Sassone BZ3/134.

45c mint

45c on 45 centesimi
Sassone BZ3/145.

2c mint

Hand stamped 5 on 2 centesimi
Sassone BZ3/134.

2c mint

Machine stamped 5 on 2 centesimi
Sassone BZ3/145.

5c mint

5c di c on 5c
In use for 14 days at Tirolo and Lana PO's. Withdrawn because of the use of German.
Sassone TeL/1.

Venezia Giulia

First Issue

As with Trentino-Alto Adige. the first issue, in November 1918 consisted of overprinted Austrian stamps. The 40 heller olive is particularly scarce, but not so scarce as the top four values, 2, 3, 4 and 10 kronen. The 10 kronen is exceedingly rare, as only 37 were overprinted by hand as presentation items.

40 heller

40 heller olive
Sassone 10.

3 kronen

3 kronen rose-carmine. Variety: No stop after 18 (position 12)
Only 72 copies were printed. Sassone 16k.

10 heller

10 heller lake. Variety: No stop above 1st i in Giulia
Sassone 4l.

1 kronen

1 krone rose on yellow. Variety: No stop above 1st i in Giulia
Sassone 14l.

Second Issue

Later in 1918 Italian stamps overprinted Venezia Giulia were issued.
The 60c value is difficult to find in fine used condition.

60c used

60 centesimi carmine
Sassone 28.

Postage Due


10 centesimi postage due with overprint displaced horizontally
Sassone 2e.


5 centesimi postage due with overprint inverted
Sassone 1a.

Trento and Trieste

The above two series were replaced in January 1919 by a unified series denominated in Corona which remained valid until April 1919. After that date Italian stamps in lira were used, except for Dalmatia.

The overprint was in a serif typeface, and there are many variations in the overprint, four of which are shown below.

40 c

40 centesimi di corona
'ccrona' instead of 'corona'
Sassone 7l.


10 centesimi di corona
c displaced left
Sassone 4p.


60 centesimi di corona
'00' instead of '60' error in pair with normal
Sassone 10l and 10.


45 centesimi di corona
5 displaced up (not 4 down as written in the margin)
Sassone 8o.


10 centesimi di corona
An interesting shift of the overprint
Sassone 4ud (upper stamp unlisted).
Image courtesy of the Italy & Colonies Study Circle.

Postage Due

Postage Due, 5 centesimi di corona
A block of 6 with inclined 5 in sheet position 4
Sassone 1g.

Postage Due

Postage Due, 10 centesimi di corona
A stunning block of 4 with inverted value and overprint
Sassone 2c.


Dalmatia continued to use the Trento and Trieste corona overprints until they were replaced in 1921 by similar stamps but with the overprint in a sans-serif typeface, a common cause of confusion. The exception was the 1 corona on 1 lire, which used a 'una corona' overprint from 1st May 1919 rather than the '1 corona' used in Trento and Trieste.

1C on 1l

una corona on 1 lire, with an example of the 'small a in una' variety
Sassone 1 and 1b.

50 c

50 centesimi di corona
Sassone 5.


5 corona
This stamp is usually badly centered
Sassone 7.

1.20LdeC express

Lire 1,20 di corona Express.
This stamp was not issued as the phrase 'Lire di corona' was incorrect.
Sassone 2.

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