Its Italian! Thats about all I know! - Customs Stamp

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Dogana means customs so maybe a visitors stamp at the Italian customs?

I never got one of them when I visited so maybe some of our clever members can find the reason for this stamp.

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Merci, in Italian, means goods or merchandise. Ties in with customs. Merci Visitate literally translates to merchandise visit. It could be an import sticker or seal.

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Ahoj Bob!

I think 'visitate' can mean 'examined' or 'inspected', so an Italian Customs sticker to show that the goods have been cleared.

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You can see something very similar here. An artist from the 1600s appears to have used it as a canvas of sorts. Not sure exactly how much this helps though:

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Post by jkrabbenbos »

There are several same kind of stamps available on Delcampe, e.g. http://www.delcampe.net/page/item/id,257554307,var,Italy-Cus ... age,E.html.

It seems to be a customs stamp and when searching Google for term "Merci visitate", several reference of artworks came up having such a stamp attached.
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honza wrote:Ahoj Bob!

I think 'visitate' can mean 'examined' or 'inspected', so an Italian Customs sticker to show that the goods have been cleared.

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It is. Is not only to show that the goods was inspected, too was a cost for the customers that verify the imported goods.
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dogri wrote:
honza wrote:Ahoj Bob!

I think 'visitate' can mean 'examined' or 'inspected', so an Italian Customs sticker to show that the goods have been cleared.

Cheers,

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It is. Is not only to show that the goods was inspected, too was a cost for the customers that verify the imported goods.
I am afraid I have to correct what you wrote, Domenico: these labels, and other similar ones used by "Dogana", were used by Customs only for marking goods that had been checked for compliance with the accompanying documentation. They did not imply any cost by themselves (they were not fee stamps).
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I'm currently researching these 'labels' as they pertain to Trieste Zone A and can advise they were 'pre-inspection' indicators applied to merchandise that allowed passage through Border Control without the need to be re-inspected by Customs at the Italian Border.
Specific reference to the Italian label is made in the publication "Marche Da Bollo D'Italia by Francesco Cinti 1999. The definition and explanation appears on Page 249.
As indicated by Michele there was no fiscal value attached.
The only piece of the puzzle I'm missing is whether they were issued in roll format or in booklet. Of 14 examples that I've examined, not one has perforations along the bottom margin. All labels are perf 11.5 and all full labels measure 40 x 68mm.
Cinti quotes 2 distinct shades being Lilac and dark Lilac, with catalogue nuumbers 6 and 6a respectively.
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