Houses in the Mediterranean feature on MaltaPost stamps

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Houses in the Mediterranean feature on MaltaPost stampsHouses in the Mediterranean is the theme for the EuroMed Postal Union philatelic stamp issue.

MaltaPost has said that it will taking part with a set of two stamps, the photography is by David P. Attard.

A medieval facade typically found in the old capital city of Malta, Mdina, features on the €0.20 stamp. The doors, which were the main security feature of the house, were extremely strong and robust as during those times invasions by bandits and pirates were frequent.

On the €0.90 stamp is a townhouse typically found in local towns and villages, with their origin dating back some 400 years ago.

MaltaPost explained that these houses are mainly recognised by their solid wooden front door and louvred wooden front windows. These are individually handcrafted with the addition of two large brass doorknobs – known as ‘habbatiet.’

The stamps will be issued in sheets of 10 stamps. Each stamp measures 44mm x 31mm, and has a perforation of 13.9x 14.0 (comb) bearing the Maltese Crosses watermark.

They measure 118mm x 185mm. Printex Limited produced the set in offset and the issue consists of 50,000 of the €0.20 stamp and 35,000 of the €0.90 stamp.

This philatelic issue is available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo, online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost.

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