First Day Cover - Vatican City - 1965 - Rodia
First Day Cover
These first day covers were issued by Rodia. One cachet features Sandro Botticelli's illustration of Dante and Beatrice in the heaven of the moon from Paradiso 3 found in a manuscript volume in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin known as MS Hamilton 201 (reversed from the original). Below the cachet is "DANTE ALIGHIERI". The other design shows Giotto's portrait of Dante, above which is "DANTE ALIGHIERI / 1265 1321". Both designs are known in red and blue versions (the blue Giotto was used for the 1965 Italy Dante issue).
96 × 164 mm (Botticelli blue)
96 × 164 mm (Botticelli red)
96 × 164 mm (Giotto red)