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San Marino

1st August 1877

Europe 24

SM1
SanMarSG2
design #1
design #2
  San Marino Sc1 SG1 Sc4 SG2  

perf 14, crown wmk, typographed
Designed and engraved by E. Repattito, Turin

Description Date Design Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T# §  
2 centesimi green 1st Aug 1877 1 1 1 1 1  
2c blue 1st Apr 1894 1 2 18 12 12  
2c claret 30th Dec 1894 1 3 32 26 26  
5c yellow 1st Apr 1890 2 4 2 6 2  
10c ultramarine 1st Aug 1877 2 7 3 2a 3  
10c blue 1st Apr 1890 2 7a 3a 2b 3A  
20c pale red 1st Aug 1877 2 11 4 3 4  
25c claret 1st Apr 1890 2 13 5 7 5  
30c brown 1st Aug 1877 2 15 6 4 6  
40c mauve 1st Aug 1877 2 17 7 5 7  

Scott, rather unhelpfully, includes the1892-99 issues in its initial listing block resulting in 24 stamps(Sc1-24) plus colour variants.The more manageable Gibbons' approach is preferred with the compromise of listing all the 2 centesimi stamps. Only the 2c values used the first design, all the other values used design 2.
Michel is even more sensible, restricting the initial block to five stamps. Mi8-11 are overprints.
§Yvert and Tellier hide San Marino in their Classic catalogue as Saint-Marin, amongst the St.s. Another straightforward approach.

San Marino is an independent state in northeast Italy, described in Wikipedia as an ‘enclaved microstate’, its area is 24 square miles and the population around 30k. It is the world’s smallest republic and remained neutral in both World Wars, hence no occupation issues.

Sources: Mik, ScC, SGP8, YTC.

Images from David Olson, ebay.

FI ref: 189 Page credit: NB

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