IONIAN ISLANDS

A group of seven Greek Islands in the Ionian Sea. Under British protection, in 1859 the Islands issued three undenominated stamps depicting Queen Victoria inscribed in Greek "IONIKON KRATOS" (Ionian State), although the most commonly used language at the time was Italian. At the end of World War I, Italy occupied Corfu. In 1923 a serious incident with Greece triggered the Italian occupation and Italian stamps overprinted "CORFU" were issued and remained postally valid for a week. In 1941 Italian forces took over the Islands and Greek stamps with overprints for use in Cephalonia and Ithaca were issued. They were later replaced by Italian stamps overprinted "ISOLE JONIE". For stamps issued under the Italian occupation please see the ITALIAN AREA STAMPS section. Greek stamps overprinted "CORFU" were issued during Italian rule in 1941. Greek stamps hand overprinted "OCCUPAZIONE MILITARE ZANTE I 5 - XIX" were issued that same year for Zakynthos. The Philatelic Literature section includes books on the overprinted stamps issued during the Italian Occupation.

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ONE PENNY BLUE QUEEN VICTORIA 1859 MINT SUPERB QUALITY
Country: IONIAN ISLANDS
Catalog #: Gibbons #2
Condition: ONE PENNY BLUE QUEEN VICTORIA 1859 MINT SUPERB QUALITY
Description: Mint, virtually not hinged since the hinge was on the back of the top margin, original gum. De Luxe quality with huge top margin, fresh color, rarely seen and impressive. Stamps of this quality command a high premium over catalog value. A TRUE GEM
Price: $125.00
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