Italian Occupation of Ionian Islands - Rhodes 1932 Definitives

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Stamp of the Italian Agaean Islands - Rhodes

  • Catalogue Numbers : Michel: No.105-113; Yvert et Tellier: No. 49-57; Scott: No. 55-63
  • Issue Date: August/December 1932
  • Color : lilac red - grey brown to olive brown - rosered - green - blue - dark brown - blackish blue - red - olive brown
  • Watermark : Italy No.1 (crown) (without watermark = 1929)
  • Nominal values :
5 Cent. (Centesimi) - 10 Cent. (Centesimi) - 20 Cent. (Centesimi) - 25 Cent. (Centesimi) -
60 Cent. (Centesimi) - 50 Cent. (Centesimi) - 1.25 Lire - 5 Lire - 10 Lire
  • Postage Validity : to 1941
  • Designed by: Florestano di Fausto (1890-1965)
  • Printed by: "Officina Carte Valori", Rome
  • Print Process: Liithography or letterpress printing
  • Perforations: Line perforation, L 14 (stamps in the same drwing with perforation L 11 = 1929)
  • Stamp Size : (printed area of a single stamp without signature line): 20.0 x 25.5 mm


"Serie pittorica" - issue with watermark and printery signature
Although the country name is "Rhodes" (Italian: "Rodi") were these stamp valid on all islands of the Italian colony "Isole italiane dell' Egeo" (= Dodecanese islands with exception of "Kastellorizo"). Rhodes is the greatest of the Dodecanese Islands.
All stamps show "fascios".
All stamps were printed in sheets à 64 stamps.

Michel No. 105, postmarked
Michel No. 106, postmarked
Michel No. 107, postmarked
Michel No. 108, postmarked
Michel No. 110, postmarked

5 Cent.: The stamp motive shows a windmill.
10 Cent.: The stamp motive shows a sailing ship of the 13th century (with a Christian cross on the sail) before the town of Rhodes.
20 Cent., 25 Cent. : The stamp motive shows a Christian knight at a medieval gate of the town Rhodes.
30 Cent., 5 L., 10 L.: The stamp motive shows a Christian crusader kneeling in prayer.
50 Cent., 1.25 L.: The stamp motive shows the famous "Tomb of the Knight of Rhodos" before a tree with spring blossons and the town of Rhodos.