Postage Stamp - San Marino - 1965


Postage Stamp - San Marino - 1965


Postage Stamp


San Marino

Date Issued



This set of four postage stamps was issued by San Marino to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante's birth. The stamps feature the following illustrations by Gustave Doré: portrait of Dante (LIRE 40; engraved by Z. Vannelli); "Charon and the River Acheron" from Inferno 3:82–84 (LIRE 90; engraved by S. Vara); "The Eagle" from Purgatorio 9:29–30 (LIRE 130; engraved by A. Quieti); and "The Heaven of the Fixed Stars" from Paradiso 26:7–9 (LIRE 140; engraved by M. Colombati). The stamps all have the same caption around the illustration as follows: "VII CENTENARIO / NASCITA / DANTE ALIGHIERI / REP. DI S. MARINO" (7th centenary of the birth of Dante Alighieri, Republic of San Marino). Along the bottom edge of each stamp is the abbreviated name of the printer: "I.P.S.-OFF.CART.VAL.-ROMA 1965" (Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Officina Carte Valori).
Denomination: LIRE 40 (40 SML); LIRE 90 (90 SML); LIRE 130 (130 SML); LIRE 140 (140 SML)
Perforation: 14 (comb)
Printing process: Photogravure
Print run: 750,000


48 × 40 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Michel no. 845 (LIRE 40)
Michel no. 846 (LIRE 90)
Michel no. 847 (LIRE 130)
Michel no. 848 (LIRE 140)
Sassone no. 700 (LIRE 40)
Sassone no. 701 (LIRE 90)
Sassone no. 702 (LIRE 130)
Sassone no. 703 (LIRE 140)
Scott no. 622 (LIRE 40)
Scott no. 623 (LIRE 90)
Scott no. 624 (LIRE 130)
Scott no. 625 (LIRE 140)


Gustave Doré
Z. Vannelli
S. Vara
A. Quieti
M. Colombati
Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Officina Carte Valori (Rome, Italy)