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50 years of Malta’s Independence were commemorated with a new postal issue

50 years of Malta’s Independence were commemorated with a new postal issue
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As StampNews.com found out, on 15 May 2014, MaltaPost will issue a miniature sheet bearing two stamps to commemorate the 50th Anniversary since Malta gained Independence and the 40th Anniversary since the country became a Republic.

The stamps marking these historical events were designed by Maltese artist Emvin Cremona and were issued in 1962 and 1974 respectively. They are now being jointly reproduced within a miniature sheet format carrying a face value of €0.59 and €3.00 respectively.

On 21 September 1964, Malta became an independent state as a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. A decade after, on 13 December 1974, the Constitution of Malta was amended so as to make Malta a republic state, and Sir Anthony Mamo became the country's first President.

The 2014 version of the stamps and miniature sheet have been designed by MaltaPost. The stamps measure 27mm x 33mm and 44mm x 31mm with a perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 and 14.1x 13.9 while the miniature sheet itself measures 95mm x 85mm and bears the Maltese Crosses watermark. Printex Limited printed it in offset and the issue consists of 25,000 miniature sheets.

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