PAPAL STATES (Stato Pontificio) 1851 issue (except 50 b and 1 Sc values)

Stato Pontificio, Kirchenstaat, Etats pontificaux

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1851 Arms, Value in 'BAJ', imperforate

7 baj black on blue, image obtained thanks to Lorenzo

  1/2 b (Baj Mezzo) black on grey (or black on lilac)
  1 b black on green
  2 b black on green
  3 b black on brown (or black on yellow)
  4 b black on yellow (or black on brown)
  5 b black on rosa
  6 b black on grey
  7 b black on blue
  8 b black

These stamps were printed in sheets of 100 (in four panes of 25). The values 1/2 b, 1 b, 3 b, 4 b and 8 b have dividing lines between the individual stamps.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 b *** *** Tete-beche pairs exist: RRR
1 b *** **  
2 b ** *  
3 b *** ***  
4 b R ***  
5 b *** **  
6 b R ***  
7 b RR R  
8 b R ***  

Some stamps were printed front AND backside, an example:

Certified genuine stamp with impression on the back.

Printed in front and back. This might be a Fournier forgery (always with the paper too pinkish). In some copies (such as the one here), the 'A' has a missing bottom left part.

Bisected 1 b stamp with 'BOLOGNA' straight line cancel, reduced size

Typical cancels:

The most common cancel is the grill cancel (as shown above). It is usually struck in black, but I have also seen it in red:

Red grill cancel of Rome, reduced size

The grill cancel is usually lozenge shaped, though rectangular grills also exist. Reversed lozenge shaped cancels also exist (lines in the opposite direction).

I've been told that the above cancel, a cross, was used in Ferrara. Similar cancels exist for Comacchio (or Commachio?).

Most likely a Gomacchio 'Cross cancel'

Lines cancel from Monterubbiano?

Possibly a cancel from Forolimpopoli consisting of a lozenge with 9 subdivisions

Could this be a cancel from Civita Castellana?

Townname 'ANCONA' and 'CORNETO' in a straight line cancel, reduced sizes

Townname 'MOLINELLA' cancel in a straight line, reduced size

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I've been told that the next stamp in the value 10 b is an essay:

Older stamp albums often had premade spaces where to put the stamps. Some of the stamps were cut to shape to fit into these albums. Examples of some mutilated stamps of the Papal States:

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