10 cent Democracy

The 10 cent stamp of the definitive series “Democracy” was issued officially on October 1st 1945 and remain valid for franking until December 31st 1948, for a total of three years and three months. The update of the postal rates from February 1st 1946 (an important increase, due to high post-war inflation) cancelled all the values with fractions of lira, hence stamps with value in cent all became useless four months after the date of issue.

When the stamp was issued, there was no postal fare as low as 10 cents, being the lowest one 20 cents. This implies that no Postal History object can be regularly franked with one and only 10 cent stamps; the only examples are objects which were then subject to taxation (because insufficiently franked), objects for which the sender tried to use a non-authorized combination of discounted rates (sometimes irregularly accepted by the Postal Service), or philatelic objects not intended to be delivered through the postal service and franked with a symbolic low-value stamp to collect special cancellations.