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Friday, May 08, 2009

Malta Europa IYA 2009

Hello, another week just shot past. Where does the time go? I did find time to review the Malta issue for Europa IYA 2009. And I like these. Similar to many others I have shown in design concept but interesting I think.
These two will be issued on 9th May. and you can view what I think is a good Malta Post web site with more details at Malta Post

What I found interesting is that the stamps are printed on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper. I don't often see watermarked paper these days. Do you?

The Euro 0.37 stamp features a portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) by Francesco Boschi and one of Galileo’s sketches of the moon set against a starry background including the constellation Orion. The stamp also commemorates the 40 year anniversary of the first manned lunar landing by featuring the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle”. (You will remember the Isle of Man stamps featured this as well).

The Euro 1.19 stamp shows the great telescope of William Lassell, set up in Malta between 1861 and 1865, against a background of stars showing Nebula M42, which Lassell himself observed on various occasions from Malta.

Enjoy your stamps... Michael


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