Postage Stamps of Italian States

by Tony Clayton


Tuscany


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In 1851 the Grandduchy of Tuscany comprised Florence, Lucca, Arezzo, Grossetto, Pisa, Livorna and the Isle of Elba. The Grandduke Leopold II left Florence in April 1859, and a provisional government was formed. A plebiscite voted for amalgamation with the Kingdom of Sardinia in March 1860.

All issues were printed with very narrow margins between stamps, so it is difficult to find copies with 4 clear margins.

1 Tuscan lire = 12 crazie = 20 soldi = 60 quattrini = 0.84 Italian lire until November 1859


First Issue, 1851.


Watermark: grandducal crowns and straight lines, extending over several stamps. The three lowest values (1 quattrini, 1 soldi, 2 soldi) and the highest (60 crazie) are all rare.

1 crazie

1 crazie carmine on grey
Sassone 4.

2 crazie

2 crazie light blue on grey
Sassone 5.

4 crazie

4 crazie green on grey
Sassone 6.

6 crazie

6 crazie slate on grey
Sassone 7.

9 crazie

9 crazie brown on grey
Sassone 8.


Second Issue, 1857.


Watermark: vertical undulating lines with II RR POSTE TOSCANE diagonally across the sheet. All were printed on white paper. The 1 quattrini and 1 soldi are rare, as is the 9 crazie issued after the formation of the Provisional Government.

The great rarity of Italian States is a single known copy of the 4 crazie green with the value tablet inverted.

1 quattrini

1 quattrini black
Sassone 10.
Courtesy of I&CSC

1 crazie

1 crazie carmine
Sassone 12.

2 crazie

2 crazie blue
Sassone 13.

4 crazie

4 crazie green
Sassone 14.

6 crazie

6 crazie deep blue
Sassone 15.


Provisional Government Issue, 1860.


Watermark: vertical undulating lines with II RR POSTE TOSCANE diagonally across the sheet.

Currency: 100 centesimi = 1 lira. The 1 centesimi is scare and the 3 lire rare.

10c

5 centesimi green
Sassone 18.

10c

10 centesimi brown
Sassone 19.

20c

20 centesimi blue
Sassone 20.

40c

40 centesimi rose-carmine
Sassone 19.

80c

80 centesimi red-brown
Sassone 22.


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