Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MALTA - 2016

New Issue


Code: MAT-2016-01
Release Date: September 15, 2016
Postal Authority: Malta Post
Title: Maritime Malta IV  - HMS Hastings 
Format: Block with 1 stamp
Dimensions (mm): 120 x 80
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 49 x 40.5
Perf: 14.2 x 14.2
Currency: Euro - EUR
Facial: 3.59 (EUR)
Design: Maltapost P.L.C.
Printing Process: Offset
Security: Watermark Maltesse Crosses

Lighthouse: Ancient Lighthouse at Fort St.Elmo
Location: Valetta, Malta

The ancient tower can be see in this old photo:

And also in this stamp from 2001:

This post was under discussion for a while. Why?  Because the event depicted in the painting is happening in 1838.  And the lighthouse is believed that start the function in 1851 (13 years laters).  So, what happened? Is only a watch tower and not a lighthouse at that time?   Is a mistake of the author of the painting?  I decided to list this issue anyway. 

Thanks Reto for the alert and images
Thanks Jaap for the opinions

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