A great find I was able to snag in an eBay auction for a large Albania collection that included this cover bearing the first 4 stamps of the “Exile Government” (Komitetit Te Qindreses) stamp series. This is only the 3rd cover from the period I know about, the first one I was able to purchase, […]
From 1909 through 1916, Italy issued stamps overprinted “Valona” for their offices in Valona during their occupation of Albania. These were legit stamps used during that period. I acquired a cover bearing the 1st issue of this series (10pa on 5c green) affixed to a postcard sent to Rome. The postcard also features the […]
Albania, in the first 2 decades of the 20th century was a minefield of fakes, forgeries and fantasy issues. In 1914, a set of stamps was created, featuring the image of a warrior and a view of a city, presumably Valona Albania. Valona was the Italian name of the city of Vlore. Valona in […]
In addition to these previous 4 covers, I acquired another Churchill FDC cover showing Scott #1264 along with Komitetit Te Qindreses #11B (Perf 14). This cover is an “ArtCraft” cachet cover. ArtCraft has been producing covers since 1939 and is still producing them today.
Recently, while going through my collection of 1914 surcharge overprints on the Albania Skanderbeg issue, I came across an oddity that I found interesting. The stamp below, appears to have been postmarked 1 day PRIOR to their release. According to both the Scott and Michel Catalogs, these overprints were first applied and released to the […]
The newly independent country of Albania, printed it’s first stamps featuring a design other than the double-headed eagle, in December of 1913. This series of stamps featured George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania, and were issued in 6 denominations: 2q, 5q, 10q, 25q, 50q, and 1fr. This also marks the first time that stamps appeared […]
In 1925 Albania released a series of stamps featuring then President Ahmed Zogu (later King Zog). This definitive series featured 2 designs in various denominations. This series later was overprinted and surcharged and was in use from 1925 through 1929. The standard perforation for this series is Perf 13.5, but I came across a few unlisted […]
Examine the following scan below of two 25q stamps from the Albania 1967 Roses Series (Scott #1027 – 1034). The 25q is Scott 1030 The stamp on the left is the correct color, the stamp on the right seems to have color missing. This could be a printing error, or, possibly the result […]