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First Day Cover - Vatican City - 1965 - Capitolium

Title

First Day Cover - Vatican City - 1965 - Capitolium

Type

First Day Cover

Coverage

Vatican City

Date Issued

1965-05-18

Description

These first day covers were issued by Capitolium (nos. V. 46 and V. 46/a).

The cachet for no. V. 46 shows Dante and Beatrice in heaven. In the upper right corner is "1265 / 1965" and at the bottom is the following text: "VII CENTENARIO DELLA NASCITA / DI DANTE ALIGHIERI" (7th centenary of the birth of Dante Alighieri). This cachet is known to have been printed in a blue version and a red version.

One of the cachets for the V. 46/a series features Luca Signorelli's painting of Dante in the cathedral of Orvieto, Italy. The other cachet shows a detail from French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix's first major painting, Dante et Virgile aux enfers (known in English as The Barque of Dante or Dante and Virgil in Hell). Below both images is text as follows: "VII CENTENARIO NASCITA DANTE ALIGHIERI" (7th centenary [of the] birth [of] Dante Alighieri). 

Extent

94 × 164 mm (V. 46 blue)
94 × 164 mm (V. 46 red)
95 × 165 mm (V. 46/a)

Contributor

Capitolium
Luca Signorelli
Eugène Delacroix

Language

Italian