Austria-Empire 1850 Centes

From Stamps of the World


  • Issue Date: 1 June 1850
  • Designed by: J. Herz
  • Engraving by: H. Tautenhayn
  • Printed by: Staatsdruckerei in Vienna
  • Print Process: Typography on Handmade paper (rarely laid)
  • Perforations: Imperforate
  • Watermark: cursive letters KKHM spread on the sheet
  • Catalogue Michel N°s 1X to 5x, shades

Centesimi (CENTES. on stamp) currency was in use in Lombardy and Venetia provinces, before 1 November 1858. 5 Centes = 1 Kreuzer. Unused stamps are rare.

Used stamps

5 centes.

Only Type I and Hand paper. The C-E and N-T letters are linked. Orange, yellow shades.

5 Centes. circle at GALLARATE
5 Centes. circle at MILANO

10 centes.

10 Centes. black, silk paper, Type Ia. Milano (?) frame.
10 Centes. black

15 centes.

Type I

The second K is not perfect.

Deep red Typ I, Iinear cancel type IL-I at TREVISO
Typ I, linear type IL-I at PADOVA
Typ I, vermilion shade, linear type RL-R at BUSTO ARSIZIO

Type II

The KK is rectified.

Linear cancel type RL-R at CHIAVENNA
Linear maritime from C.V. DA VENEZIA
Circle at VICENZA

Type III

Typ III, linear type RL-R at LEGNAGO
Linear type RL-R at SERRAVALLE
Red, usual ornamented DC at VERONA

30 centes.

30 Centes. laid paper, part of frame at MILANO
30 Centes. linear at MONZA

45 centes.

The type I was prepared by replacing the 30 by 45, hence variations in distance between 45 and CENTES.

Circle at COMO, Type I
Frame, Type I. Distance 0.3 mm.
Linear at ROVIGO, Type I. Distance 0.5 mm.
Maritime cancel from VENEZIA , Type I

Type III

45 Centes. circle, Type III