Cancellation - Vatican City - 2009 October 21
This circular cancellation features a right-facing portrait of Dante based on Sandro Botticelli's fifteenth-century portrait now in the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny, Switzerland. The portrait on the cancellation is reversed from the original. The portrait is surrounded by text as follows: "POSTE VATICANE", "DIE EMISSIONIS" (day of issue), and "GIORNATA DELLA LINGUA ITALIANA" (Day of the Italian Language).
Place of cancellation: Vatican City
40 mm (dia.)