Design errors - ITALY




Wrong : AYRES - Correct : AIRES
 



Correct citation : Me doctarum hederae praemia frontium - Wrong on stamp : Me doctarum ederae proemia frontium.
 



Wrong : Franco Bollo - Correct : Francobollo.
 


1870

Wrong : 1 Centesimi - Correct : 1 Centesimo
 


1923

Wrong : LIRA UNA - Correct : UNA LIRA
 


1926

The franciscan monks have a very small round tonsure, not a bald head like showed on the stamp.
 


1930

Virgilius was born in 70 before Christ. As after the year 1 before Christ follows the year 1 after Christ, this 2.000th anniversary was commemorated one year too early.
 


1932

According to the international rules, ships may only hoist a flag at the front when they are anchored in a harbor.
 


1933

On monuments, the vertical writing always goes from top to bottom !
 


1934

Both Italy and Belgium claimed that one of their citizens invented the dynamo. One of those stamps is certainly incorrect.
 


1936

Wrong : ORAZIANO - Correct : ORAZIANO
 


1937

This stamp pictures BOCCACE, not GIOTTO.
 


1937

The message on the stamp issued in 1937 says : Centenary of Spontini. The composer Gasparo Spontini however lived from 1774 till 1851.
 


1937

This stamp marks the bicentenary (not the centenary) of the birth of Stradivarius (1644-1737).
 


1937

This stamp marks the 600th anniversary, not the centenary as labelled, of the death of Giotto di Bordone (1266-1337).
 


1943

Look at the soldiers in the background : one is carrying his gun on the left shoulder, the other one on the right shoulder.
 


1950

It is against the international rules to put flags of independent countries one above the other on the same pole. This was corrected when a similar stamp was issued the following year.
 


1950

The wind blows the sails and the flags in opposite directions
 


1950

A. ROSSI died in 1899, not in 1918.
 


1950

This kind of saw has to be powered by to men, one at each side.
 


1951

The pipe organ of this church was built long after Verdi had died.
 


1952

From this place, the second wing of the lion should have been visible.
 


1953 ?

Greenland and Iceland were forgotten.
 


1954

On the map the Istrian province of Yugoslavia was wrongly annexed by Italy.
 


1955

The light of a lighthouse is a beam, not a bulb.
 


1955

Fra Angelico was never declared saint. The legend Beato thus is not correct.
 


1955

A screw is missing to adjust this microscope.
 


1956

Probably the stamp with the most errors on it : trains drive left in Italy, steamtrains never crossed the Simplon-tunnel, there is no road at the right side of the tunnel, and coaches pulled by horses were already history at the time the tunnel was built.
 


1957

In Italy, as in most European countries, the red colour is always at the top in traffic lights.
 


1958

Eléonora Duse was born in 1859, not in 1858 as mentioned on this stamp.
 


1958

The visit of the Iranian Shah was delayed, as the Pope passed away at that time. The visit took finally place in November 1958.
 


1959

In the coat of arms of Paris, the lily flowers are in gold, and should have been represented in a dark colour.
 


1960

General Mazzini has 5-branches stars at his collar. Those were introduced in 1870, and were not in use in 1859, at the end of the independence war.
 


1961

The correct name of this book is 'Le confessioni di un Italiano'
 


1961

Pink stamp issued to commemorate the visit of the Italian president to Peru. A wrong map was issued by the designer. To avoid diplomatic incidents, a new grey stamp with corrected map was issued. Some stamps, however, were already in circulation. This stamp, unfortunately for me, is a forgery.
 


1961

The clock on the Pallazo Vecchio is featured with two hands on this stamp. The real clock has only one hand.
 


1961

The city GAETA was disctructed by cannon fire from the sea and the beach. On the stamp the canon are firing to the open sea.
 


1962

This quotation ends with a exclamation mark, which is missing on the stamp.
 


1962

In the original text, there is an exclamation point at the end of this sentence.
 


1962

A sprint on bicycles without brakes.
 


1964

VERRAZANO with one Z is mostly accepted as the correct name.
 


1964

This stamp commemorates an anniversary in 1963, but was only issued in 1964.
 


1966

Snow crystals have six branches, not eight.
 


1968

Bicycle wheels without spanners.
 


1968

Wrong : semper virens - Correct : sempervirens.
 


1970

Missing electrical power cable.
 


1970

In this 'flaming sun' the number of threads are supposed to match the number of coutries in CEPT, 24 at the time the common issue of this stamp was conceived, but before the stamp was issued Jugoslavia and Malta also joined, so there should have been 26 threads (France and Andorra got it right).
 


1971

This vollleyball net is too low
 


1976

The red color is missing on one of the flags, and the colors on another flag are inverted
 


1977

Opium is extractedfrom plants with white flowers or white with a pink shade, not red.
 


1977

The volleyball net is much too low.
 


1978

Flags in different and even opposite directions. The red colour stripe on the flag of Great Britain is too long.
 


1979

The blue colour of the Dutch and Luxemburg flag have to be different, and the blue colour on the flag from Great Britain is much darker.
 


1982

The treaty of Rome was not signed on the 24th of March, but the following day, on March 25th.
 


1983

The image of Archimedes on the stamp is from a bust in the National Museum of Naples, representing Archidamos III, a third-century BC king of Sparta. And the water is flowing uphill aas it leaves the top of the screw.
 


1989

The island of Madagascar was forgotten, and the Gibraltar strait is much too wide.
 


1989

The AIDS virus is usually represented with tentackles, not withs needles.
 


1990

The European flag seems to disagree with the direction taken by the other flags
 


1990

Dante lived from 1265 to 1321. He is featured near a terrestrial globe that will only be invented 200 years later.
 


1992

Greenland and Iceland are missing on this stamp.gr
 


1992

Columbus with earthglobe, which was not yet invented at this time.
 


1994

The red cap with number 1 is reserved for the goalkeeper.
 


1997

In basketball, the net has a hole to let the ball go through.
 


1997

Pianere is a very old spelling of Paniere (basket). It was not in use anymore when this painting was made.
 


1999

Wrong : JUBILEUM - Correct : JUBILAEUM. See picture.
 


2001

Austria, between Germany and Italy, was completely forgotten !
 


2001

Wrong : Madonna col Bambino - Correct : Madonna di Senigallia.
 


2001

The formula h2/ec on the blackboard is wrong, as e and h has been inverted. The error however, was not made by the stampdesigner who carefully copied a photo of the Nobelprize winner, who made the error during one of his lessons.
 


2006

The location of the city of Perdasdefogu is not correct
 


2006

The first letter of the first name is not a J, but a I.
 


2008

The cupboard under the open book is missing.
 


2008

The landscape in the background is not taken from Valle d'Aosta in Italy, but from Switzerland
 


2008

The rowing ^paddles at the right side should have been visible.