Italy 1933 Holy Year 1933

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  • Edition : "Poste del Regno d'Italia", commemorative stamps of the issue "Holy Year 1933"; (The "Holy Year 1933" lasted in the Roman-Catholic Church from 01 April 1933 to 01 Apr 1934. This year was dedicated to the "Order of the Holy Sepulchre" in Jerusalem (OESSH = "Ordo Equestris Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani" = "The equestrian order to the Holy grave") (On the stamps upper right is showed the coat of arms of this order.)).; (issue of 5 different stamps)
  • Issue date : 23 Octobre 1933
  • Catalogue Numbers: Michel: No. 492-456; Yvert et Tellier: No. 325-329; Scott: No. 310-314
  • Color :
red (20 C.) - green (25 C.) - violet (50 C.) - azure blue (1.25 L.) - black (2.55 + 2.50 L.)
  • Watermark : Italy No. 1 (crown)
  • Nominal Value :
20 Cent. (Centesimi) - 30 Cent. (Centesimi) - 50 Cent. (Centesimi)
1.25 Lire - 1.75+1.00 Lire - 2.75+2.00 Lire
(The surcharge was destinated to the equestrian order to the Holy Grave in Jerusalem (OESSH).)
  • Designed by : Corrado Mezzana (1890-1952)
  • Printed by : "Institutio Poligraphico di Stato (Officina carte valori)", Rome
  • Print Process : rotogravure (photogravure)
  • Perforation : block perforation, B 14
  • Stamp Size : printed area of a single stamp without signature line: 21.0x 36.5 mm
  • Print Runs : 130,000 each in sheets `50 stamps


Commemorative stamps of the issue "Holy Year 1933"

Michel No 492, 20 C., mint
Michel No 492, 20 C., postmarked
Michel No 493, 25 C., mint
Michel No 425, 25 C., postmarked in Naples, 1933
Michel No 494, 50 C., mint
Michel No 494, 50 C., postmarked in Bari, 1933
Michel No 495, 1.25 L., mint
Michel No 495, 1.25 L., postmarked in Bolzano, 1933
Michel No 496, 2.55 + 2.50 L., mint
Michel No 496, 2.55 + 2.50 L., postmarked


- 20 C., 1.25 L.: The stamp motive shows the cupola of the Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.
- 25 C., 50 C..: The stamp motive shows an angel (the archangel Michael...?) carrying a cross as neobaroque architectural element.
- 25 C.: postmark "Naples 34" (povince capital in region Campania, Italy), 23-11-1933
- 50 C.: postmark "Bari" (capital of the region Apulia, Italy), 09-12-1933 ("ferrovia" = railway station)
- 1.25 L.: postmark "Bolzano" (capital of the region Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy); 20 December 1933 ("ferrovia" = railway station)
- 2.55+2.50 L: The stamp motive shows a cross with carved flying doves.