Postage Stamp - Italy - 1932 (Colonies)


Postage Stamp - Italy - 1932 (Colonies)


Postage Stamp



Date Issued



In 1932, Italy issued a series of twelve stamps for the benefit of the Società Dante Alighieri. In addition to regular issue stamps and Aegean Islands stamps, the government also issued stamps for the Italian colonies. The series depicts famous Italian poets and writers including (in order by increasing denomination) Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli, Paolo Sarpi, Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, Giosuè Carducci, Carlo Botta, Torquato Tasso, Francesco Petrarca, Ludovico Ariosto, and Dante. The Dante stamp shows a portrait of the poet after the Naples Bust and symbols of Italy (coat of arms and fasces). Above the portrait is "POSTE ITALIANE" and below is "SOCIETÀ NAZIONALE DANTE ALIGHIERI". Below Dante's chin is "DANTE ALIGHIERI". The Italian colonies issue is overprinted in red with the phrase "COLONIE ITALIANE" and printed in blue. The premium of 2.50 lire was intended for the benefit of the society. The series was designed by Francesco Chiapelli and printed by the Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Officina Carte Valori.
Denomination: 10 + 2,50 LIRE (10 + 2.50 ITL)
Perforation: 14 (comb)
Printing process: Photogravure
Print run: 60,000


24 × 40 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Sassone no. 22
Scott no. 12


Francesco Chiapelli
Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Officina Carte Valori (Rome, Italy)