Postage stamp issue – Castles in the EUROPA 2017 series
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On Tuesday, MaltaPost is releasing a philatelic stamp set bearing the theme “Castles,’ as will other European postal administrations.
The Malta stamps feature two towers, which served as defence, particularly during the period of the Knights of St John and are based on works by artist Cedric Galea Pirotta.
The St Agatha Tower features on the €0.59 stamp, also known as the Red Tower, built in 1647 during the reign of Grand Master Lascaris de Castellar. The Tower commands views over Mellieha Bay, Comino as well as Gozo.
The €2.19 stamp depicts the Gourgion Tower in Xewkija, Gozo, which was built in 1690 by Giovanni Gourgion the personal secretary of Grand Masters Gregorio Carafa and Adrien de Wignacourt.
Unfortunately, it was demolished in 1943 to make way for an airfield that was considered necessary for the Allied invasion of Sicily.
These stamps will be issued in two sheetlets each bearing 11 stamps. Each stamp measures 44mm x 31mm, has a 13.9 x 14.0 (comb.) perforation bearing the Maltese Crosses watermark. The sheetlets measure 158mm x 150mm.
The stamps were produced by Printex Ltd in the offset process and the issue consists of 39,600 of the €0.59 stamp and 35,200 of the €2.19 stamp.
This issue will be available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo as from Tuesday, the 9th of May. Orders may be placed online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, e-mail: email@example.com