Italy 1944 Destroyed momuments - II

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  • Edition : "Poste del Regno d'Italia"; Italian Social Republic; commemorative stamps of the issue "Destroyed monuments - II" (Navara-print); issue of 10 stamps
  • Catalogue numbers: Michel: No. 650Y, 651Y, 653Y, 655, 656Y, 657Y, 658Y, 659Y, 660Y, 661Y; Yvert et Tellier: No. 31-40 (IT-RSI); Scott: No. 22-31 (IT-RSI)
  • Issue Date :
5 C.: 24 October 1944
10 C.: 18 September 1944
20 C.: 22 August 1944
25 C.: 29 August 1944
30 C.: 14 August 1944
50 C.: 12 August 1944
75 C.: 10 Decmber 1944
1 L.: 11 September 1944
1.25 L.: 29 December 1944
3 L.: ?
  • Colors :
- sepia - dark brown - red - green - brown - violet -...
...-red - violet - bue - greygreen
  • Watermark : none (= Novara-print)
  • Nominal values :
5 Cent. (Centesimi) - 10 Cent. (Centesimi) -20 Cent. (Centesimi) - 25 Cent. (Centesimi) -...
...- 30 Cent. (Centesimi) - 50 Cet. (Centesimi) - 75 Cent. (Centesimi) - 1.25 Lire - 3 Lire
  • Postage validity : to 31 December 1945
  • Printed by : "Officina Carte Valori", Novara (Rome = "X", Novara = "Y")
  • Print Process : rotogravure (photogravure)
  • Perforations : block perforation, B 14
  • Stamp Size : printed area of a single stamp: 17.0 x 21.0 mm
  • Print Run :
- 5 C.: 2,000,000 in sheets à 100 stamps
- 10 C.: 2,000,000 in sheets à 100 stamps
- 30 C.: 7,000,000 in sheets à 100 stamps
- 1.25 L.: 20,000,000 in sheets à 100 stamps
- 3 L.: 5,000,000 in sheets à 100 stamps or 500,000 in sheets à 100 stamps (other source)


Commemorative stamps of the issue "Destroyed monuments - II"
(issue of 10 stamps)

Michel No. 650Y, 5 C., mint
Michel No. 650Y, 5 C., postmarked
Michel No. 651Y, 10 C., mint
Michel No. 651Y, 10 C., postmarked
Michel No. 653Y, 20 C., mint
Michel No. 653Y, 20 C., postmarked
Michel No. 655Y, 25 C., mint
Michel No. 655Y, 25 C., postmarked
Michel No. 656Y, 30 C., mint
Michel No. 656Y, 30 C., postmarked
Michel No. 657Y, 50 C., mint
Michel No. 657Y, 50 C., postmarked
Michel No. 658Y, 75 C., mint
Michel No. 658Y, 75 C., postmarked
Michel No. 659Y, 1 L., mint
Michel No. 659Y, 1 L., postmarked on 29-03-1945
Michel No. 660Y, 1.25 L., mint
Michel No. 650Y, 1.25 L., postmarked
Michel No. 661Y, 3 L., mint
Michel No. 661Y, 3 L., postmarked


5 C.: The stamp motive shows the church "San Ciriaco" in Ancona.
10 C.: The stamp motive shows the Abbey of Montecassino.
20 C.: The stamp motive shows the "Loggia dei mercanti" in Bologna.
25 C.: The stamp motive shows the "Basilika di San Lorenzo" in Rome.
30 C.: The stamp motive shows a "Tamburino" (Drummer Boy) and the inscription "All, armi!" (Italian for "To the weapons") (Novara print = without watermark)
50 C.: The stamp motive shows the Italia turria holding a fascio.
75 C.: The stamp motive shows a "Tamburino" (Drummer Boy) and the inscription "All, armi!" (Italian for "To the weapons") (Novara print = without watermark)
1 L.: The stamp mnotive shows the Abbey of Montecassino.
1.25 L.: The stamp motive shows the church "Santa Maria delle Grace" in Milan.
3 L..: The stamp motive shows the church "Santa Maria delle Grace" in Milan.
10 C., 1 L.: The abbey of Montecassino (near Lazio) was on 15 February 1944 destroyed completly (until to the foundation walls with exception of the crypt) by a senseless and ignorant attack by the US Air Force and artillery. (...There were no German defensive positions and that was also conveyed to the US-Generals with the appeal of a spare of the abbey....) At this attack was the abbey inclusive all there arthistorical artefacts complete destroyed by an 3-hours-bombardement at which dead at least 427 civil people, mostly monks and nuns.