First Issues - 1858 to 1860

page 5.3


There are seven state and province issues in this period, three Italian, two German, one Australian and one complex Canadian.

Italian States

Scott and Gibbons treat the issues of Naples and Sicily differently:

Scott Entity

Year

Sc #

Gibbons entity

SG #

Naples

1858

1-7

Naples

1-5

Provisional Government

1860

8-9

Naples, Garibaldi Regime

8-9

Sicily

1859

10-18

Sicily

1-7

Neopolitan Provinces

1861

19-27

Neopolitan Provinces

1-25


Naples SG1 Sc1 Italy SG975 Sc752 Italy SG987 Sc764 Romagna SG2 Sc1
Naples   Sicily Romagna
1st January 1858
SG1 Sc1
Italy, Naples commemorative
1958 SG975 Sc752
[1st January 1859]
Italy commemorative
1959 SG987 Sc764
1st September 1859
SG2 Sc1

My example of the Naples 1st January 1858 first issue is remarkably feint and so is supplemented by a 1958 commemorative.
Sicily‘s first, the expensive 1st January 1859 ½ grano orange-yellow, has not been commemorated specifically, but others of that first set have been and the 5gr is shown.
Romagna’s ½ bajocchi issue of 1st September 1859 is affordable mint, but not used (an admirable arrangement). These bring the Italian State count to eight.

German States

Hamburg SG1 Sc1 Lubeck SG9 Sc6
Hamburg Lübeck
1st January 1859
SG1 Sc1
[1st January 1859]
1862 SG9 Sc6

Both the Hamburg and Lübeck first issues were made on 1st January 1859, bringing the total number of German states to fifteen. The 1862 Lübeck stamp shown is identical to the #1, but for the lack of a watermark and a catalogue price of £55 compared to £3k. My views on invisible differences have been stated often.

Australian State

Australia SG337 Sc338 Queensland SG265 Sc125
[1st November 1860]
Commemorative
1960 SG337 Sc338
Commemorative
1903 SG265 Sc125

Queensland, the sixth Australian state in issue matched some of its predecessors in philatelic breadth and enthusiasm, managing a commemorative listing the states’ founding dates and a charity stamp before the national issues took over. Both the first 1d red (1st November 1860) and the 1900 charity issue for the Patriotic Fund for the Boer War are overpriced, but only the former has been commemorated, and that in green rather than the carmine-rose of the original.


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page written June 2013