LIBYA 1901-1942

Before the Italian colonialisation of the Northern Coast of Africa between Egypt and Tunisia, the name of Tripolitania was broadly used in the West to the whole of the territory belonging nowadays to Libya, and comprising Tripolitania proper, Cyrenaica and the Fezzan. In 1901 a second Italian Consular Post Office was opened at Benghazi Cyrenaica. Italian definitive stamps were used for the mail except for the 25c. definitive stamp which was overprinted “BENGASI” “1 PIASTRA” (1 Piastra = 40 para; the basic rate for overseas letters). In 1911 Italy declared war on Turkey after being refused the transfer of sovereignty on Tripolitania. Italian naval units seized Tobruk and Tripoli was occupied by Italian forces. In December 1912 seven definitive stamps of Italy were overprinted “LIBIA” and issued in the colony. Five additional denominations with the same overprint were issued in 1915. In July 1921, the first unoverprinted stamps inscribed with the legend “LIBIA” were issued; they consisted of two special delivery (Espresso) stamps, and a definitive series of 12 stamps commonly known as “Pittorica”. Overprinted stamps issued earlier continued to be used even after 30 September, when they were deemed obsolete by law. On 17 November 1942 the Eight Army reached Derna, and two days later, Benghazi was occupied by British forces.

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1912 50c VIOLET MINT HINGED FINE
$24.00

SCOTT 11 *** SASSONE 50 euros

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1912-5 ONE LIRA FLOREALE MINT HINGED
$43.00

SCOTT 13 ** SASSONE 90 euros

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1916 20c on 15c MINT HINGED VERY FINE
$69.00

SCOTT 19 ** SASSONE 140 Euros for very fine

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BENGHAZI 1911 1 PIASTRA on 25c FLOREALE MINT VERY FINE
$48.00

BENGHAZI 1911 1 PIASTRA on 25c FLOREALE *** SCOTT 1 *** SASSONE 80 euros

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BENGHAZI 1911 1 PIASTRA on 25c FLOREALE USED FINE
$118.00

BENGHAZI 1911 1 PIASTRA on 25c FLOREALE *** SCOTT 1 *** SASSONE 200 euros

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BENGHAZI 1911 1 PIASTRA on 25c FLOREALE USED ON PIECE superb
$135.00

BENGHAZI 1911 1 PIASTRA on 25c FLOREALE *** SCOTT 1 *** SASSONE 200 euros

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LIBYA 1912 Overprint on 1c MH SASSONE 1 VARIETY SET-OFF DECALCO OVERPRINT
$17.00

LIBYA 1912
MINT NEVER HINGED FINE (typical centering for these issues is from average to about …

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LIBYA AIR MAIL 50c. mint hinged Sassone A2
$33.00

SASSONE AIR MAIL 2 mint hinged ORIGINAL GUM 60 Euros (US$82)
SCOTT C2 –
centering …

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LIBYA AUTHORIZED DELIVERY EY1 Mint Hinged
$22.00

SASSONE RECAPITO AUTORIZZATO (authorized delivery by privately-owned mail delivery companies) Sassone 2 Mint Hinged …

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LIBYA LIBIA 1921 DEFINITIVE Never Hinged OG
$950.00

Sassone 21 to 32 COMPLETE never hinged Set ORIGINAL GUM GUARANTEED (these stamps are original …

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LIBYA LIBIA 50c RARE PERF Scott 55a Sassone 64 MNH OG VERY RARE
$690.00

LIBYA LIBIA 50c RARE PERF Scott 55a Sassone 64 MNH
RARE STAMP signed SORANI
MINT NEVER …

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LIBYA Overprint on 15 c. Sassone 5 mint hinged
$147.00

SASSONE 5 mint hinged 380 Euros (US$520)
SCOTT 16 – RARELY FOUND WITH SUCH …

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LIBYA Overprint on 45c FLOREALE Sassone 18 used
$17.00

SASSONE #18 used 45 Euros (US$57) SCOTT 10 rare used

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