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Eritrea

1st January 1893

  Italian colony 1

Africa 52  

Erit1
Erit4
  1893 Sc1 SG1 1893 Sc4 SG4 xxx

perf 14, crown wmk.

Description Op Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Stamps of Italy overprinted
1 centesimi bronze-green 1 1 1      
2c brown 1 2 2      
5c green 1 3 3      
10c deep rose-red 2 4 4      
20c orange 2 5 5      
25c blue 2 6 6      
40c brown 2 7 7      
45c dull green 2 8 8      
60c mauve 2 9 9      
1 lira brown and orange 2 10 10      
5l carmine and blue 2 11 11      

EritBMA
Erit200
British Military Admin.
Independence
1948 Sc1 SG-E1 FICC#615 1993 Sc200 SG255

The colony originated in land purchases by an Italian shipping company which transferred ownership to Italy in 1893. In 1936, Eritrea joined with Ethiopia and Italian Somaliland to form Italian East Africa and used those stamps until WW2.

British troops occupied the country during WW2 and GB overprints for Italian colonies were used until September 1952 when Eritrea was federated with Ethiopia.

Eritrea gained independence in May 1993.