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Cancellation - Vatican City - 1965 May 18

Title

Cancellation - Vatican City - 1965 May 18

Type

Cancellation

Coverage

Vatican City

Date Valid

1965-05-18

Description

This armorial cancellation quotes part of a Latin inscription on a plaque in the church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi in Florence, Italy, the church in which Dante may have married Gemma Donati and where Beatrice Portinari is buried. The full quotation is as follows:

HIC ORAVIT
SUAE GENTIS IMPERITURA GLORIA
UNITATIS ASSERTOR POPULORUM
DIVUS POËTA
FIDEM CECINIT DIVINE
VIRGINEM MATREM EXALTAVIT

Jan Ziolkowski provides the following translation:

Here prayed
the undying glory of his race,
the proclaimer of the oneness of the peoples,
the divine poet:
he sang the faith divinely,
he exalted the virgin mother.

The cancellation quotes all but the first and last lines: "SUAE GENTIS / IMPERITURA GLORIA / UNITATIS ASSERTOR / POPULORUM / DIVUS POETA / FIDEM CECINIT DIVINE". The current plaque in the church was apparently installed on May 31, 1979.

The right side of the cancellation is occupied by the coat of arms of the Holy See with text as follows: "POSTE / VATICANE" (Vatican mail), "DIE EMISSIONIS" (day of issue), and the date.

Extent

31 × 75 mm

Language

Italian
Latin