Philippines issue rare coinage stamp to mark the visit of Pope Francis

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15 January 2015
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Philippines Post has announced the release of a rare coinage stamp printed with 3D embossing hot copper foil, to mark the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines. ...
PhilippinesPost has announced the release of a rare coinage stamp printed with 3D embossing hot copper foil, to mark the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines from 15 to 19 January 2015.

Pope Francis's five-day visit to the Philippines is the first visit to the region by a pope in twenty years - the last visit was from Pope John Paul back in 1995. The visit, from the head of the Roman Catholic church, has proved popular in a country where eighty percent of the population is Catholic.

Papal stamps

The Philippines Postal Authority initially issued a block of four commemorative Papal stamps on 8 January, which, according to the PhilPost website, has attracted 'long lines of people' queuing at the country's central post office. The stamps feature images of Pope Francis which were chosen from entries to a Papal design competition - the winners were Dave Arjay Tan and Salvadore Banares Jr., both natives of Valenzuela City, and Don Michael Bryan Bunag and Mark Leo Maac, both from Bulacan.

The new coinage stamp is a gold circular stamp which features the smiling Pope with the words 'Pilipinas', 'Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines 2015' and 'Mercy and Compassion'. The production process involved the use of 3D embossing hot copper foil, which reproduces the look of a coin on the stamp.

For more information on the Pope Francis special issues, visit the Philpost website.

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