Italy 1956 Europa

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  • Edition : "Poste Italiane S.p.A.", commemorative stamps of the issue "Europa 1956", series of 2 stamps, parallel issue with Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany (FRG) - joint design in diffferent colors and other national specifications)
  • Issue Date : 15th September 1956
  • Designed by : Daniel Gonzague (* 1930) (design)
  • Printed by : "I.P.S. Officina carte valori", Rome ("IPS" = "Instituto Poligrafico di Stato")
  • Print Process : Photogravure
  • Print Run : 50,000,000 each in sheets à 100 stamps. (2 panes each 10 by 5)
  • Stamp Size : 24mm x 40mm (printed area of a single stamp without signature line): 21.0 x 37.0 mm
  • Perforations : Comb14¼ : 14
  • Watermark : Italy No. 4 (stars-II)
  • Postal Validity : to 31-12-1957
  • Catalogue Numbers: Michel: No. 973 + 974; Yvert et Tellier: No. 731 + 732; Scott: No. 715 + 716


Michel No. 973, 25 L., postmarked in Scandriglia
Michel No. 974, 60 L., postmarked


- 25 L., 60 L.: The stamp motive shows a scaffed tower formed by the 6 letters of the Latin word for Europe "EUROPA" as symbol for the 6 member countries of the ECSC ("European Coal and Stell Community", member states: BEL, FRA, FRG, ITA, LUX, NED, treaty signed 25-03-1956 in Rome).
- 25 L.: The stamp was postmarked in Scandriglia (a location ca. 60 km northeastern from Rome in the "Monti Sabini", region "Latium"), in 06-11-1956.

First Day Covers

FDC Rome
FDC Trieste

Maximum Card

FDC Rome