Italy 2008/10/18

Cover from Italy, posted in Bellusco, Milan on October 18, 2008.

This cover has interesting postage, because two of the three stamps have the old Italian currency “Lire”. I can’t imagine that the old currency stamps are still valid in Italy, but the stamps were all normally cancelled.

The left stamp has a face value of 50 Lire; it was issued in 1974 and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Italy’s bar association (Ordine Forense).

The middle stamp was issued in 1972 and has a face value of 50 Lire too. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Italian alpine club Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini, which was founded on September 2, 1872 in Madonna di Campiglio.

The right stamp has a face value of 0.60 euro. It was issued in 2008 and commemorates the Olympic Games in Beijing.

4 comments so far

  1. Pietrafesa on


  2. friz on

    Italian stamps are still valid for postage I mean we can make mixed postage because stamps issued after 1st jan 1968 are valid for postage. Check if stamps with Lira indication are issued on or after year 1968. ciao Alfredo

    PS If you wish I’ll arrange others for you…

  3. Florian on

    Thank you for this information!

    It seems that the Italian post is more generous than the Austrian post. In Austria all Schilling stamps were valid only until June 30, 2002. Since then only euro-stamps are valid.

  4. friz on

    The true is that italians year 70’s stamps were issued in millions of items. They’re very cheap and of zero value. I think that italian post office authorities decided to gave such stamps eternity because it was the only way to sell the full stock !

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