Vatican and Argentina Issue Joint Postage Stamps Honoring Pope Francis (UPDATED)

You philatelists out there might be able to tell me whether this is as unusual as it seems:  I have never in my life heard of two nations collaborating on the printing of postage stamps.That’s what happened today, though.  A four-stamp collector’s set of stamps, each featuring a photographic image of Pope Francis, has been issued jointly by the Vatican City State and Argentina.  The set marks the beginning of the new pope’s pontificate, and includes four different stamps with the values of €0 … [Read more...]

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Philatelist Alert: Vatican Issues Stamps for the Interregnum

Stamp collectors will need to act quickly if they want to get their hands on these:  The Vatican has just issued a set of four stamps for use during the “Sede Vacante” (when the See is Vacant), that period between the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of a new pope.The interregnum stamps, according to Vatican sources, include the symbol of the Vacant See, a striped umbrella (umbraculum) over crossed keys.  They can be used only until a new pope is elected in next month’s Concl … [Read more...]

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