This postage stamp was issued by Germany in 1971 to commemorate the 650th anniversary of Dante's death. The stamp features Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Above the portrait is text as follows: "DANTE ALIGHIERI + 1321"; to the right of the portrait is "DEUTSCHE BUNDESPOST" and the denomination, "10". Along the bottom edge is the year, "1971". The stamp was designed by Karl Hans Walter, engraved by Egon Falz, and printed by the Bundesdruckerei (Berlin).
A stamp with the same portrait, a face value of 30 Pf, and a horizontal orientation was designed but not issued and is known from existing photographic essay stamp specimens.