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Postage Stamp - Monaco - 1966

Title

Postage Stamp - Monaco - 1966

Type

Postage Stamp

Coverage

Monaco

Date Issued

1966-02-01

Description

This set of five postage stamps was issued by Monaco to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante's birth. While the stamps are dated 1965, they were not issued until February 1, 1966. All of the stamps were designed by P. Lambert and the subjects are as follows:
  • The 30-centime stamp shows a left-facing portrait of Dante with text as follows: in the upper left corner: "MONACO / 1965"; in the upper right corner: "0,30"; and at the bottom: "DANTE ALIGHIERI 1265-1321". The names of the designer and the engraver appear in the lower right corner: "P. LAMBERT" and "COTTET".
  • The 60-centime stamp depicts Dante in the dark wood impeded by a leopard from Inferno 1:31–36. The stamp has text as follows: in the upper right corner: "MONACO 1965 / 0,60"; and in the lower left corner: "DANTE ALIGHIERI 1265-1321". The names of the designer and the engraver appear in the lower center and right corner: "P. LAMBERT" and "MONVOISIN".
  • The 70-centime stamp depicts Dante and Virgil crossing the Styx from Inferno 8:25–30. The stamp has text as follows: in the upper left corner: "MONACO 1965 / 0,70"; and in the lower right corner: "DANTE ALIGHIERI 1265-1321". The name of the designer, "P. LAMBERT", appears in the lower left corner and the name of the engraver appears vertically in the lower right corner: "BETEMPS".
  • The 95-centime stamp shows Dante observing praying penitents from Purgatorio. The stamp has text as follows: in the upper right corner: "MONACO 1965 / 0,95"; and in the lower left corner: "DANTE ALIGHIERI 1265-1321". The names of the designer and the engraver appear in the lower right corner: "P. LAMBERT" and "DURRENS".
  • The 1-franc stamp depicts Saint Bernard's intercession from Paradiso 31:58–142. Here the saint replaces Beatrice as Dante's guide through the Empyrean and leads him to seek St. Mary. The stamp has text as follows: in the upper left corner: "MONACO 1965 / 1,00"; and in the lower right corner: "1265-1321 / DANTE ALIGHIERI". The name of the designer, "P. LAMBERT", appears vertically in the lower left corner and the name of the engraver appears vertically in the lower right corner: "MONVOISIN".
Denomination: 0,30 (0.30 MCF); 0,60 (0.60 MCF); 0,70 (0.70 MCF); 0,95 (0.95 MCF); 1,00 (1.00 MCF)
Perforation: 13 (comb)
Printing process: Steel-engraving
Print run: 418,019 (0,30); 228,847 (0,60); 229,238 (0,70); 227,247 (0,95); 227,929 (1,00)

Extent

30 × 50 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Michel no. 818 (0,30)
Michel no. 819 (0,60)
Michel no. 820 (0,70)
Michel no. 821 (0,95)
Michel no. 822 (1,00)
Scott no. 624 (0,30)
Scott no. 625 (0,60)
Scott no. 626 (0,70)
Scott no. 627 (0,95)
Scott no. 628 (1,00)
Frank Rodgers, trans., "The Monaco Set: Dante Alighieri," COROS Chronicle 108 (June 1966): 56–57.

Contributor

P. Lambert
Cottet
Monvoisin
Betemps
Durrens

Language

French