Postage Stamps of Italy

by Tony Clayton


Trieste Zone B


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At the end of the Second World War Yugoslav forces occupied part of the Istrian peninsula around Trieste, and while the political map was negotiated the area was divided into two parts, Zone A occupied by the Allies and Zone B by Yugoslav forces. Zone B first issued stamps in May 1948.


1948 Red Cross Issue

One of the very early issues on 23rd May 1948 consisted of two Red Cross stamps. The brown version was an obligatory tax used until the 30th May. The green version being marked PORTO was a postage due stamp used if the tax stamp was absent.

Destroyed Building

2 lire + 0.5 dinar Red Cross Tax stamps
Sassone 4 and 5


1949 UPU Anniversary Issue

Issued to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union.

5d

5 dinar blue
Sassone 17

12d

12 dinar brown
Sassone 18


1950 Railway Centenary Issue

Issued to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Yugoslav Railways.

2d

2 dinar green
Sassone 19

3d

3 dinar carmine
Sassone 20

5d

5 dinar blue
Sassone 21

10d

10 dinar yellow-orange
Sassone 22

A miniature sheet was issued in both perforated and imperforate form

10d

10 dinar imperforate sheet in rose-lilac
Sassone 22


1950 and 1951 Definitives

In 1950 a set of 8 values was issued. A year later the four lowest values were reissued in different colours. The two 0.50 dinar values are extremely hard to distinguish by colour.

0.50d

0.50 dinar light grey and dark grey
The biggest difference is in the letter in the top right corner, which is much more distinctive in the 1950 printing. The denomination differs slightly as well.
Sassone 23 and 35

1d

1 dinar carmine and orange brown
Notice the letter in the top right corner, which is much more distinctive in the 1950 printing.
Sassone 24 and 35A

2d

2 dinar blue and light blue
Sassone 25 and 35B

3d

3 dinar brown and rose
Sassone 26 and 36


1951 May Day Issue

The existence of a version perforated 12½x11½ instead of the usual 12½ has only recently been acknowledged in Sassone.

3d

3 dinar red-brown; Perf 12½ on left; Perf 12½x11½ on the right
Sassone 37 and 37/I


1951 Red Cross Issue

The blue version was an obligatory tax used from October 7th until the 14th. The green version being marked PORTO was a postage due stamp used if the tax stamp was absent.

Red Cross Flag

0.5 dinar Red Cross Tax stamps
Sassone 39 and 40


1953 Definitives

Two dies of the 15 dinar exist. In the first issue with sans-serif overprint, the second die is scarce, whereas in the second issue with serif overprint the first die is scarce. They can be distinguished by the presence or absence of a vertical line below the worker's left hand.

15d

15 dinar red, types I and II
Sassone 79 and 79/I

15d

Details of the two types


1953 Esperanto Conference

In 1953 an Esperanto Conference was held in Zagreb. Two stamps were issued: 15 dinar grey and green and a 300 dinar air mail in violet and green. 12,000 of the latter were issued in sheets of 12, while a further 246 miniature sheets of 8 were issued where the stamps had a significant difference in colour, being lilac and green.

Esperanto stamp

300 dinar Esperanto Conference Air Mail.
Sassone A20


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