San Marco-4

San Marco-series
satellites

San Marco-5
San Marco-4San Marco-5

This page contains philatelic information on the San Marco series satellites. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Reference images
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
San Marco (Italy) San Marco (Italy) San Marco (Italy) San Marco (Italy)
San Marco (on other than San Marco launch covers)


Below is a list of San Marco-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
San Marco (Italy)
AjmanMi266A
Mi266B

Imperforate
1968"San Marco"-1/2 type (red and white stripes)1
AjmanMi260A+Mi263A-266A fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
Comoro Islands281 (BL107A)
i281 (BL107B)
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
1977San Marco-D/L
Ecuador756 (Mi1283)
756A (Mi1284)
756B (Mi1285)
On (lower and right) selvedge in black1966San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Ecuador756 pairOn (upper) selvedge of tÍte-bÍche pair
Ecuador756 (Mi1283)
756A (Mi1284)
756B (Mi1285)
On (lower) selvedge in red
Ecuador756B pairIn red on (upper) selvedge of tÍte-bÍche pair
Ecuador757 (Mi1292)On stamp and on (right) selvedge in black1966San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Ecuador757A (Mi1293)On stamp and on (right) selvedge in black
Ecuador757B (Mi1294)On (right) selvedge only in black
Ecuador757Bc (BL31)
i757Bc (BL32)
MS3 (757-757B)
Imperforate MS3 (i757-i757B), changed colors
Ecuador758 (Mi1301)
758A (Mi1302)
758B (Mi1303)
758C (Mi1304)
758D (Mi1305)
758E (Mi1306)
On (upper and right) selvedge only in black1966San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
HungaryC254 (Mi2195A)
iC254 (Mi2195B)

Imperforate
1965"San Marco"-1 (launched "1964.XII.15" as in the text) though SolRad-1/7 type is shown
Italy1189 (Mi1492)1975San Marco-D/L
Italy1189 fdc1Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
Italy1189 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Filagrano cachet)
Italy1189 fdc3Stamp on FDC (Roma cachet)
Italy1553a label (Mi1834-1837 label)On one of two labels with block of 4 (1553a (1550-1553 + 2 labels))1983San Marco-2
Italy3279 (Mi3762)201450th anniv. San Marco-1 launch
Italy3279 fdcStamp and cancel on postcard FDC
ItalyNoneSouvenir card201450th anniv. San Marco-1 launch, including reproduction of Italy 1189
ManamaMi96A
Mi96B

Imperforate
1968"San Marco"-1/2 type (red and white stripes)1
ManamaMi90A+Mi93A-96A fdc
Mi90B+Mi93B-96B fdc
One of five stamps on FDC
One of five imperforate stamps on FDC
Micronesia81g (Mi138)One of MS9 (81 (a-i)) (Mi132-140)1989San Marco-3/4 type (red and white stripes)1
Panama469 (Mi892)
469+selvedge
i469
i469 changed-colors (Mi897)

On selvedge also
Imperforate
Imperforate with changed colors
1966San Marco-1 launch
Panama469A (Mi893)
469A+selvedge
i469A
i469A changed-colors (Mi898)
From block of 4 (4x 469A + selvedge)
On selvedge also
Imperforate
Imperforate with changed colors
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Panama469A pairTÍte-bÍche pair
Panama469B (Mi894)
469B+selvedge
i469B
i469B changed-colors (Mi899)

On selvedge also
Imperforate
Imperforate with changed colors
San Marco (sub-orbital) rocket
Panama469C+selvedge (Mi895+selvedge)
i469C+selvedge (Mi900+selvedge)
i469C+selvedge changed-colors (Mi900+selvedge changed-colors)
On selvedge only
On selvedge only of imperforate
On selvedge only of imperforate with changed colors
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Panama469D (Mi896)
469D+selvedge
i469D
i469D changed-colors (Mi901)

On selvedge also
Imperforate
Imperforate with changed colors
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Panama469De (BL53)Imperforate MS2 (i469C-i469D)San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
PanamaC365b (Mi1138)One of MS6 (C365 (a-f)) and on (upper and right) selvedge1969San Marco-2 (without stripes)2
Paraguay959 (Mi1591)
i959 (Mi1599)
On stamp and on (upper) selvedge
On imperforate stamp with changed colors and on (upper) selvedge
1966"San Marco-1" (without stripes)2
Paraguay959 muestraOverprinted "muestra"
Paraguay960 (Mi1592)
i960 (Mi1600)
On (upper) selvedge only
On (upper) selvedge only of imperforate
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Paraguay961 (Mi1593)
i961 (Mi1601)
i961 var
On (upper) selvedge only
On (upper) selvedge only of imperforate
On (upper) selvedge (different) only of imperforate
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2, also San Marco platform3 (on second imperforate selvedge)
Paraguay962 (Mi1594)
i962 (Mi1602)
On stamp and on (upper) selvedge
On imperforate stamp with changed colors and on (upper) selvedge
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2, also San Marco platform3 (on perforate selvedge)
Paraguay962 muestraOn stamp and (upper) selvedge, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay963 (Mi1595)
i963 (Mi1603)
On stamp and on (upper) selvedge
On imperforate stamp with changed colors and on (upper) selvedge
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2, also San Marco platform3
Paraguay963 muestraOverprinted "muestra"
Paraguay964 (Mi1596)
i964 (Mi1604)
On (upper) selvedge only
On (upper) selvedge only of imperforate
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Paraguay965 (Mi1597)
i965 (Mi1607)
On (upper) selvedge only
On (upper) selvedge only of imperforate
San Marco-1 (without stripes)2
Paraguay959-963 fdcThree of five stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Paraguay966 (Mi1598)
i966 (Mi1606)
On stamp and on (upper) selvedge
On imperforate stamp with changed colors and on (upper) selvedge
"San Marco-1" (without stripes)2
Paraguay966 muestraOverprinted "muestra"
Paraguay966a (BL87)
i966a (BL88)
SS1
Imperforate SS1, changed colors
"San Marco-1" (without stripes)2
Paraguay966a muestra
i966a muestra
SS1 overprinted "muestra"
Imperforate SS1, changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
"San Marco-1" (without stripes)2
Poland1472 (Mi1736)1966"San Marco-1" (red and white stripes)1
Poland1467-1468+1472 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Yugoslavia1045 (Mi1409)From MS9 (1045a (9x 1045))1971San Marco-1/2 type
Yugoslavia1045-1047 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC

1The red and white longitudinal stripes on these items are incorrect, as the stripes were actually black and white according to reference materials. See the A-1 satellite page for a similar dilemma about stripes on that spacecraft.
2The images on all of these items are similar but apparently incorrect, looking more like Vanguard-2 (a spherical satellite without stripes), some with an attachment similar to that seen on some of the Vanguard-1 images.
3Italyís oldest launch site, consisting of a floating platform in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, close to the town of Malindi.


Below is a list of San Marco-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
San Marco (Italy)
1963-04-22: San Marco-1 [sub-orbital]
United States1963-04-22Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on postal cardSan Marco-1 (sub-orbital) rocket launch
United States1963-04-22Wallops Island VA(Swanson green and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 (sub-orbital) rocket launch
United States1963-04-22Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp and black typed) cachets on coverSan Marco-1 (sub-orbital) rocket launch
1963-08-02: San Marco-2 [sub-orbital]
United States1963-08-03Wallops Island VA(Swanson green and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on postal cardSan Marco-2 (sub-orbital) rocket launch
United States1963-08-03Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSan Marco-2 (sub-orbital) rocket launch
United States1963-08-03Wallops Island VA(Swanson green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSan Marco-2 (sub-orbital) rocket launch
1964-12-15: San Marco-1
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Sarzin? printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Sarzin? printed) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Goldcraft Cachet) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Blue printed) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Red printed) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Rank velvet, bright) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Rank velvet, pastel) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Rank silkscreened, blue/black) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover (and Italy 1189 fdc)San Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
United States1964-12-15Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue-green and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSan Marco-1 launch
1967-04-26: San Marco-2
Vatican City1967-04-26Vatican City(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSan Marco-2 launch
1971-04-24: San Marco-3
Kenya1971-04-24Malindi(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertSan Marco-3 launch
1974-02-18: San Marco-4
Kenya1974-02-18Malindi(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverSan Marco-4 launch
Kenya1974-02-18Malindi(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSan Marco-4 launch
United States1974-02-18Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSan Marco-4 launch
United States1974-02-18Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSan Marco-4 launch
1988-03-25: San Marco-5
Kenya1988-03-25Malindi(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSan Marco-5 launch
United States1988-03-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSan Marco-5 launch
San Marco (on other than San Marco launch covers)
United States1976-03-16Auburn MA(GSFC Stamp Club printed) cachet on 50th anniv. first liquid fuel rocket flight/launch cover"San Marco"
United States1978-05-20GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same design as immediately above) on Pioneer-12 launch cover"San Marco"
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on Nimbus-7 and CAMEO launch cover"San Marco"
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on IRAS and PIX-2 launch cover"San Marco"


Back to Scientific/research satellites.
Back to Un-Manned Satellite Philately.



Copyright © 2004-2017, Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
This Website created and maintained by Don Hillger and Garry Toth.
Updated: 2017-09-25