Postage Stamp - Vatican City - 2009


Postage Stamp - Vatican City - 2009


Postage Stamp


Vatican City

Date Issued



This postage stamp was issued as part of a joint issue with Italy and San Marino for the Giornata della Lingua Italiana (Celebration Day of the Italian Language) in 2009. It depicts a scene from the beginning of Inferno in which Dante (accompanied by Virgil in this illustration but not in the text) is blocked by three beasts. The scene is taken from a miniature in Codex Urbinate Latino 365, a fifteenth-century manuscript in the Vatican Library. Each stamp is printed adjacent to a label with the first line from Inferno 1: "Nel / mezzo / del cammin / di nostra / vita" (Midway in the journey of our life). The second and third lines of Inferno appear on the San Marino and Italy stamps, respectively. The stamp was designed by Mauro Olivieri and Orlando Tomassi and printed by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato.
Denomination: 0,60 (0.60 EUR)
Perforation: 13 ¼ × 13 (comb)
Printing process: Rotogravure
Print run: 600,000


40 × 30 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Michel no. 1653
Sassone no. 1509
Scott no. 1426


Mauro Olivieri
Orlando Tomassi
Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Rome, Italy)