Italy

Christmas 2019
02 December 2019

Italy: Christmas 2019 (Francesco Raibolini), 2 December 2019. Image from Colnect.
Italy: Christmas 2019 (Santa Claus), 2 December 2019. Image from Colnect.

Issue Date: 2 December 2019
Size: 40 x 48 mm
Colors: Religious – four-color process plus gold; Santa Claus – five-color process
Perforation: 11 carried out with die-cutting
Printing: Polygraphic Institute and Mint of the State S.p.A., in gravure printing.
Paper: white, neutral coated, self-adhesive, non-fluorescent
Print run: 500,000 each design
Sheet: Religious – 28 copies; Santa Claus – 45 copies

Vignette 1 (Religious): The stamp with pictorial subject reproduces a painting by Francesco Raibolini known as France, “Madonna with Child, San Giovannino and San Girolamo” (Intesa Sanpaolo Collection), made in the first decade of the 16th century. The stamps are completed by the legends “MADONNA WITH CHILD, S. GIOVANNINO AND S. GIROLAMO”, “FRANCESCO RAIBOLINI SAID IL FRANCIA E BOTTEGA” and “CHRISTMAS”, the word “ITALY” and the tariff indication “B”.
Designer: by the Philatelic Center of the Operational Directorate of the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A ..
Vignette 2 (Santa Claus): The stamp with graphic subject depicts, in the background of snowflakes, the figure of Santa Claus holding a Christmas tree in his hand. The stamp is completed by the legend “CHRISTMAS”, the date “2019”, the writing “ITALY” and the tariff indication “B ZONE 1”.
Designer: Giorgio Cavazzano.

Description
Issued on December 2, 2019, two ordinary stamps belonging to the thematic series “the Holidays” dedicated to Holy Christmas relating to the value of tariff B equal to 1.10 euro and B zone 1, equal to 1.15 euro.

The vignette of the stamp with pictorial subject reproduces a painting by Francesco Raibolini known as France, “Madonna with Child, San Giovannino and San Girolamo” (Intesa Sanpaolo Collection) made in the first decade of the 16th century. The stamps are completed by the legends “MADONNA WITH CHILD, S GIOVANNINO AND SAN GIROLAMO”, “FRANCESCO RAIBOLINI SAID IL FRANCIA E BOTTEGA” and “CHRISTMAS”, the word “ITALY” and the tariff indication “B”.
The sketch of the stamp with pictorial subject is edited by the Philatelic Center of the Operational Directorate of the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.

The vignette of the stamp with graphic subject depicts, in the background of snowflakes, the figure of Santa Claus holding a Christmas tree in his hand. The stamp is completed by the legend “CHRISTMAS”, the date “2019”, the word “ITALY” and the tariff indication “B ZONE 1”.
Graphic designer for the stamp with graphic subject: Giorgio Cavazzano.

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06 May 2020

EUROPA:  Ancient Postal Routes

Finland: EUROPA 2020 – Ancient Postal Routes, 6 May 2020. Image from GULFMANN STAMPS WORLD blog.

The 2020 Stamp Programme for Finland was announced by Posti on 17 October 2019.

From the Posti press release published on 17 October 2019:

The theme of the 2020 Europa stamps is ancient postal routes. As the subject of the stamp, Posti chose Santa Claus, who takes his own routes up in the aurora-lit sky, travelling to every corner of the world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. The EUROPA: Ancient Postal Routes stamp sheet, designed by Klaus Welp, contains 10 international no-value indicator stamps.