Costumes of the Mediterranean

Country: Greece
Year: 2019
Release Date: 08 Jul 2019

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First Day Cover/Philatelic
Press Release
SPECIAL SET OF STAMPS
“EUROMED 2019 – COSTUMES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN”
The special EuroMed “Costumes of the Mediterranean” set of stamps from Hellenic Post looks back to tradition and the past.
In showing traditional attire from Xanthi, Anogeia (Crete), Kastellorizo and Lefkada, the stamps wander the country from north to south, depicting the unique and individual culture of each place.
Traditional costumes, as a manifestation of our popular culture and a reflection of its specific characteristics, are an integral part of the particular character of Greece.
At the same time, the theme of “Costumes of the Mediterranean” adds a timely note to the continuity of Greek folklore by highlighting its various manifestations. Indeed, it contributes to the enrichment of our historical heritage not only for today’s generation but also for those of the future.
With respect for the ways and customs of each region, the impressive costumes pictured on the stamps map an extraordinary history that will awaken memories of bygone eras.
With this set of stamps, Hellenic Post pays tribute to Greek tradition and once again, with its finger on the pulse of the nation, shows that it is at the forefront when it comes to countering the oblivion of the past.
The Hellenic Post would like to thank the Benaki Museum (costumes of Lefkada and Xanthi) and the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF) (costumes of Kastellorizo and Anogeia-Crete), for providing our Organization with photographic material which facilitated the design of the present Series.
CATEGORY DESIGN QUANTITIES
20gr Domestic Mail Bridal apparel. Lefkada, 19th c.-20th c. 2.000.000
International Postcards Postage Bridal or festive costume from Kastellorizo, late 19th c.
  3.000.000
International Postcards Postage Costume from Crete (Anogeia), early 20th c.
 3.000.000
20gr Domestic Registered Mail Refugee costume from Xanthi, late 19th c.
 1.000.000
DIMENSIONS : 30 X 42 mm in sheets of 25 & 8 stamps
DESIGN : Myrsini Vardopoulou
PRINTING METHOD : Multicolored (OFFSET)
PRINTERS : «VERIDOS MATSOUKIS S.A. SECURITY PRINTING»
CIRCULATION-SALES : This set circulates on July 15, 2019, and will be available at the Hellenic post offices through July 14, 2020, unless previously sold out. Complete sets will be available at the local Hellenic Post Offices and at the Central Philatelic Office until their withdrawal, unless previously sold out.
Also available:
1. BOOKLET (7.000 pieces)
7.000 numbered booklets will be issued, each of which contains the four stamps joined together and perforated only on the vertical side. Available at a charge of 4,94 €.
2. ILLUSTRATED FIRST DAY COVER (2X4.000 pieces)
They have a design related to the subject of the Series. Each set of two will be available at a charge of 7,30 €
3. NUMBERED SET ALBUM (500 pieces)
Available at a charge of 15,00 €.
4. SOUVENIR SHEET (7.000 pieces, numbered)
Available at a charge of 4,94 € per set.
All philatelic products will be available at the Central Philatelic Office (5 Lykourgou str. & Apellou, 100 38 Athens), and at the Post Offices until sold out, except the F.D.C., the booklets and the souvenir sheets, which will be withdrawn on July 14, 2020.
Collectors will be able to have items franked at the Central Philatelic Office with the special First Day commemorative postmark, providing they have affixed to them stamps from the set responding at least to the first rate domestic mail, today 0,72 €.