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Ionian Islands

15th May 1859

British Colony 9

  Ionian Islands #1 #2 #3  

Imperforate, recess printed.
Printed by Perkins Bacon, London

Description watermark   Scott SG Mi Y&T
½ penny orange
  1 1    
1d blue
large numeric '2'
  2 2    
2d lake
large numeric '1'
  3 3    

Listed as a British Colony in this era, only three stamps were issued for the Ionian Islands The islands were ceded to Greece in 1864. All the catalogues warn of forgeries, particularly with used stamps. There were occupation issues in 1941 (Italy) and 1943 (Germany).

Italian Occupation

German Occupation

James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-52, 106th edn., 2003
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Images from David Olson.

FI ref: 79 Page credit: NB

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