Israel Malta joint stamp issue celebrates fifty years of diplomatic relations

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imports_CCGB_stamp-75-_89169.jpg Israel Malta joint stamp issue celebrates fifty years of diplomatic relations
A new stamp issued jointly by Israel and Malta marks celebrates five decades of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and emphasises their common ties. ...
A new stamp issued jointly by Israel and Malta marks celebrates five decades of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and emphasises their common ties.

The stamp, designed by Ronen Goldberg of Israel will be issued in sheets of six tete-beche stamps, with the Malta stamps bearing the Maltese Cross watermark. The subject of the stamp is 'The Knights Hospitaller Halls' referring to the Order of the Hospitallers of St John, which was established in Jerusalem in the twelfth century by men who pledged to protect pilgrims travelling to the city of Jerusalem from around the world.

The Hospitallers came to Malta in 1530 and, in one of the most important episodes in Malta's history, founded a sovereign state, establishing the city of Valletta and constructing huge stone buildings, many of which still stand today.

The stamp shows the Hospitallers' refectory in Acre (right) and the Hospitallers Hospital in Valletta left).

The Knights Hospitaller Stamps issue details

Issue date: 28 January 2014
Designer: Ronen Goldberg
Perforations: 13.9x14mm
Denominations: 3.90 Shekels (Israel)/ 0.51 Euros (Malta)

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