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A joint stamp issue with Romania featuring ‘Architecture Palaces’

 

On the 14th of October 2019 MaltaPost and Romania Post will be releasing a joint stamp issue, with ‘Palaces’ as a theme common to both countries. The issue consists of two stamps, one featuring the Verdala Palace in Malta and the other, the Mogosoaia Palace outside Bucharest.

 

The Malta stamp features the Verdala Palace which was originally a small hunting lodge that was built during the reign of Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette. In 1586 Grand Master Hugues Loubenx de Verdalle extended and rebuilt the hunting lodge into the grand palace we see today which overlooks the beautiful Buskett woodlands. Since 1982 the Palace serves as the summer residence of the President of Malta.

 

The Romania Stamp features the Mogosoaia Palace which is located some 15km away from Bucharest. Its building was commissioned by the ruler Constantin Brancoveanu and was built in a Brancovenesc style and completed in 1702 . Nowadays the Palace has become a popular tourist destination and houses an art gallery and the Museum of the Aulic Tradition having a vast collection of medieval and contemporary art.

The Verdala Palace was photographed by Norbert Mintoff while the Mogosoaia Palace was photographed by Luca Emanuel Achim.

 

The stamps will be issued in a sheet of 10 stamps, with each stamp measuring 44mm x 31mm, with a comb perforation of 14.0 x 13.9 and bearing the Maltese Cross watermark. The sheets measure 158mm x 150mm and were produced by Printex Ltd in the offset process. The issue consists of 80,000 stamps of €0.50 each, sold in a set of two stamps. The Design was set by Sean Cini.

 

The issues will be available for sale from Monday 14th October 2019 at all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo: 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, email:info@maltaphilately.com