Gibraltar celebrates 50 years of Europa stamps. The stamp depicts the first official Gibraltar Europa stamp from 1979. The 'coup de grace' is the use of gold, embossed and foil-blocked over the stars finishing off the issue beautifully.
The idea of issuing a 'joint stamp emission' was born in 1952. The motive was to "symbolise a
community of interest and objectives". Six countries, the same countries that signed the Treaty of Rome on the 25th of March 1957 (Belgium, France, West-Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) were also the first six countries to release their first set of Europa stamps on the 15th September 1956 (13 stamps).
A 'common design' by the French artist, Daniel Gonzague, was used by all countries. This was a tower formed by the 6 letters of the Latin word for Europe: Europa. In 1974 the 'common theme' system replaced the