Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vatican stamp and postmark

In my last post I told you about a postcard bearing a stamp from Vatican which was included in the cover from San Marino. Time has come today to share it with you.
First let’s start by the picture side of the postcard.

It pictures the very impressive cathedral of Milan (called Duomo di Milano in Italian). The construction of this very nice church started in 1386 and was not completed (at least for the outside part) before 1577, when the edifice was consecrated as a church. I have already been to Milan for a professional trip but unfortunately I did not have any time to visit the city. Next time I will go there I will for sure visit the cathedral!

Now let’s have a look to the recto side of the postcard.

The main reason why I wanted to show you this postcard is the postmark. It is a postmark used by Vatican post during a philatelic event held in Milan from the 27th to the 29th of March 2009. As you can see the postmark pictures the very specific façade of the cathedral of Milan which is pictured on the postcard.

The stamp put on the card is a part of a set of three air-mail stamps issued on the 11th of July 1978 to celebrate the 10th World Telecommunications day. Here is a picture of the full set.

In the right top corner of the stamps are pictured the coat of arms of the State city of Vatican.

These arms can be described in the following way. The crossed keys of gold and silver symbolize the keys of the kingdom of heaven promised to Saint Peter. The tiara represents the three powers of the Supreme Pontiff: Sacred Orders, Jurisdiction and Magisterium, in other words: his functions as "supreme priest", "supreme pastor" and "supreme teacher". The gold cross surmounting the triple crowns symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus.

This is my first philatelic item from Vatican, so I’m pretty happy about it, even though this is not (yet) a cover coming from there through the postal service.

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