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Christmas 2017

Description


This year's Christmas stamp issue features four figurines of the child Jesus found in churches around Malta and Gozo. The photographs are by Mark Micallef Perconte.

At Christmas it is customary for households to exhibit figures of Jesus as a baby. Some are placed in a manger and displayed on windowsills or other prominent places around the house. This tradition, together with crib making, has been passed on from generation-to-generation.


Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace - Zabbar
The Jesus figurine of the Zabbar parish church was brought from Rome by Mgr.Giuseppe Zarb in the 1950's.

Church of the Immaculate Conception - Cospicua
The Jesus figurine of the Cospicua parish church was made in Lecce Italy. It was originally at the Malta dockyards and was donated to the church upon the yards' privatisation.

Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary - Naxxar
The baby Jesus figurine of the Naxxar parish church was made in Lecce. It is made from
papier-mâché and was brought over to Malta in 1925.

The Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul - Nadur
Marija Portelli donated this Spanish figurine to the Nadur parish church around 40 years ago.


Sources:
Archpriest Can. Evan Caruana
Archpriest Rev. Can. Anton Cassar
Archpriest Rev. David Gauci
Archpriest Mgr. Jimmy Xerri
  • Date Of Issue:
  • 17 Nov 2017
  • Designer:
  • Photography by Mark Micallef Perconte
  • Perforation:
  • 13.9 x 14.0 (comb)
  • Process:
  • Offset
  • Sheet:
  • Set of 4 stamps
  • Denominations:
  • €0.26, €0.51, €0.59, €0.63
  • Watermark:
  • Maltese Crosses
  • Size:
  • Sheet Size: 185mm x 118mm Stamp Size: 31mm x 44mm

Issue Items

Issue Products

  • Items marked with a in standard issue belong to the standard issue.
  • Block of 4 Christmas 2017 - €9.39

  • FDC w set Christmas 2017 - €2.94

    in standard issue
  • Mint Set Christmas 2017 - €2.35

    in standard issue
  • Mint Sheet Christmas 2017 - €23.48

  • PP Christmas 2017 - €3.82

    in standard issue
  • SF w set Christmas 2017 - €3.53

    in standard issue

Issue Stamps

  • €0.63 Christmas 2017

  • €0.51 Christmas 2017

  • €0.59 Christmas 2017

  • €0.26 Christmas 2017