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Currency: 100 Bajocchi = 1 Scudo

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The province of Romagne was included in the Papal States. The stamps of Romagne were only used during the provisional government from 1st september 1859 to 12 january 1860. It was annexed by Sardinia afterwards.

1859 Value and inscription 'FRANCO BOLLO POSTALE ROMAGNE'

1/2 b black on yellow, image obtained thanks to Lorenzo Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo 3 b black on green Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo 6 baj black on green, genuine, image obtained thanks to Lorenzo Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo

  1/2 Baj black on yellow
  1 Baj black on grey
  2 Baj black on orange
  3 Baj black on green
  4 Baj black on brown
  5 Baj black on violet
  6 Baj black on green
  8 Baj black on red
  20 Baj black on grey

All of these stamps (except the 4 b) are more valuable cancelled than unused. The values 6 b, 8 b and 20 b are very rare in used condition. The 1/2 b, 1 b, 2 b, 4 b, 6 b and 8 b are known to exist bisected (to serve for half their initial value).

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 *** RR  
1 b *** R  
2 b *** R  
3 b *** RR  
4 b R R  
5 b *** RR  
6 b *** RRR  
8 b *** RRR  
20 b *** RRR  
Reprints (all values) c    

Official reprints do not exist, however private reprints exist (the impression is more worn, see image below). The forger Usigli obtained the plates from these stamps (together with genuine obliterators). He made private reprints and essays (see below) with these and with retouched plates. He sold the plates to a certain Bonasi, who sold them again to the stamp dealer Moens in Belgium. Moens also made private reprints from retouched plates (the upper right circle in the upper right ornament is closed instead of open as in the original stamps; see below for example) in 1892. These retouched plates then were passed on to Julius Goldner, a forger from Hamburg, Germany (see 'Philatelic Forgers, their lives and works' by Varro E.Tyler). This forger then printed another set of 'reprints' in 1897 (recognizable by the badly retouched corner lines of the inner frame, and the fact that most of the dots around the corner rozettes are missing according to 'The Forged Stamps of all Countries' by J.Dorn).

Usigli reprint in green of all values in a minisheet. I've also seen similar sheetlets printed on lilac and blue paper.

'Saggio' essays made by Usigli:

These are 'essays' printed by Usigli ment for the stamp dealer Moens. The central part of the design is often broken and badly printed. The word 'Saggio' is printed at the bottom.

According to the book "The Romagna" by Patton, Usigli also made strips with several values from the same damaged cliches.

Typical cancels

Image obtained thanks to Lorenzo Genuine

1/2 b black on yellow, cancelled 2 b black on orange
(genuine cancels?)

The private reprints are frequently cancelled and offered as genuine (according to Album Weeds).


Many forgeries exist, examples:

Forgery! Forgery! Forgery!

Genuine Forgery!
Genuine and forged upper right corner.

Note on forgeries: in the right upper corner, the genuine stamps always have a white space in between the central circle and the upper right circle. In the above forgeries these circles are perfect circles.

Forged block of four stamps
(Forged block of four stamps)

I've seen blocks of four reprints, with the text 'Nd.' printed at the back ('Neudruck' in German?). This overprint resembles the overprints on the reprints of Thurn and Taxis. The above image shows such a reprint (reduced size).

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I've been told that the above stamps in colors different from the issued stamps are essays.

"The Romagna" by Patton

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