Maritime Archaeology & Historic Cities of the Mediterranean

Country: Malta
Year: 2022
Release Date: 11 Jul 2022
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First Day Cover/Philatelic
Press Release
MaltaPost has again this year joined members of the EUROMed Postal Joint Stamp Project in the issue of a set of stamps bearing a common theme. The theme for 2022 is Maritime Archaeology & Historic Cities of the Mediterranean and in this regard, MaltaPost has produced two stamps both related to Gozo.
The stamp on marine archaeology reproduces an image of a shipwreck off the coast of Xlendi Bay, by the University of Malta / Dave Gration Project that took upon the discovery and excavation of the site in 2007 and subsequently explored in 2014. This ancient shipwreck was found to include a 15m long Phoenician trading vessel dating to the 7th century, together with a handsome cache of ceramic amphorae lying partially exposed on the seabed. Given the date of the wreck, the site was considered to be extremely well preserved. In 2014, marine archaeologists used an exploratory submarine with instruments and sensors that provided 3D photogrammetric images.
The second stamp shows a marked departure from the usual depictions of Gozo’s Citadel. This portrays the bell tower of the handsome baroque cathedral and surrounding buildings, lit up against a dusky sky, and in the foreground the dry-stone walling so characteristic of the Mediterranean. Typical of a fortified city, the Citadel stands out as Gozo’s primary landmark.
The stamps will be issued in a sheet of 10 stamps, each measuring 44mm x 31mm, with a comb perforation 14.0 x 13.09 (comb)and bearing the Maltese Cross watermark. The sheets measure 118mm x 185mm and were produced by Printex Ltd in the offset process. The issue consists of 100,000 of the €0.20c stamp and 30,000 of the €5.50 stamp.
These items will be available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo from Monday 11 July. Orders may be placed online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, e-mail: [email protected]