Italy 1911 50th Anniversary of the Kingdom of Italy

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  • Edition : "Poste del Regno d'Italia", commemorative stamps of the issue "50th Anniversary of the Kingdom of Italy", series of 4 stamps
  • Catalogue Numbers: Michel: No. 100-103; Yvert et Tellier: No. 88-91; Scott: No. 119-122
  • Issue Date : 01 May 1911
  • Color : brown - green - red - bluegrey
  • Watermark : none
  • Nominal Value : 2 Cmi. (Centesimi) - 5 Centesimi - 10 Centesimi - 15 Centesimi
  • Postal Validity : to 31-12-1911
  • Designed by :
Augusto Sezanne (1856-1935) (2 C.) (design)
Enzo Morelli (1896-1976) (5 C.) (design)
Alberto Repettati (engraving)
  • Printed by : "Officina Carte Valori", Turin
  • Print Process : calcography (recess printing)
  • Perforations : comb perforation, K 14 : 13½
  • Stamp Size : (printed area of a single stamp without signature line): 21.0 x 37.0 mm
  • Print Run : Michel No. 100: 4.225.000 stamps in sheets à 100 stamps
  • Variants :
- Michel No. 100: left and right imperforate (= Michel No. 100US - perforation K 14)
- Michel No. 100: at top and at the bottom imperforate (= Michel No. 100UW - perforation K 13½)
- Michel No. 101 with overprint (= Michel No. 107I from 1913)
- Michel No. 102 with overprint (= Michel No. 108I or 108II from 1913)
- Michel No. 103 with overprint (= Michel No. 109I from 1913)

Commemorative stamp of the issue "50th Anniversary of the Kingdom of Italy"

Michel No. 100, postmarked, 2 C.
Michel No. 102, postmarked, 5 C.
Michel No. 101, postmarked, 10 C.
Michel No. 103, postmarked, 15 C.

- 2 C.: The stamp motive shows a sword wielded at the grip by a hand. The hilt of the sword symbolizes Turin (bull) and Rome (wolf). Left and right are growing palm branches each side from the cross guard of the hilt.
- 5 C.: The stamp motive shows a naked knight from behind with a sword in the right hand before a horse. In the background are showed the "Mole Antonelliana" (left) and the "Palazzo del Campidoglio" (right), both in Rome.
- 10 C.: The stamp motive shows a man which directed a horse to the "Fonte di Guitana" (original name "Fonte Giuturna = sightseeing location in Rome from the intitial times of Rome). This "Fountain of the Diana" (Diuturna is also an ancient name for Diana) is also called "The Fountain of Juturna" or "Lacus Juturnae". The source with a fountain was initially dedicated to the nymph sister of "Tumo", the king of Rutuli, however this woman was probably wide more than only a nymph and woman, and since old times this fountain manages it to protect the life of the drinker, until he has to surrender to fate.
- 15 C.: A man sculpts the words "DEA ROMA" (literally: "Goddess Rome") meaning a symbol of eternity (of Rome).