Grandmasters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Grandmasters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
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According to info got by StampNews.com MaltaPost will issue a set of 28 stamps depicting Grandmasters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta between 1530 and 1798. Each stamp sheet consists of ten stamps. The issue is to be released on the 30th of September.

In 1530 Emperor Charles V granted by way of perpetual lease the Maltese Islands to the Knights of the Order of St. John under the leadership of Grand Master Philippe de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam.

In 1565, the knights led by Grand Master Fra' Jean de la Valette, courageously defended the Islands against the Ottomans. This battle, from which the Order emerged victorious, is recorded as the Great Siege of Malta. Following this victory, the knights built the city of Valletta and proceeded to transform Malta by undertaking numerous projects including a large new hospital, which at the time was considered to be among the best in the world. The knights left Malta in 1798 after surrendering to the troops of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The stamps each carry a face value of €0.26 and depict portraits of the Grandmasters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The images of the grandmasters were lifted from: "Histoire de l'Ordre de Malte" written by René Aubert de Vertot (1655-1733), whereas the portraits of the last five grandmasters were drawn by Maltese artist Cedric Galea Pirotta.

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