GOLD REPLICA DUN GORG STAMP TO BE PRESENTED TO

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					GOLD REPLICA DUN GORG STAMP TO BE PRESENTED TO POPE BENEDICT XVI

A gold replica of the San Gorg Preca Lm1/ Euro 2.33 stamp is to be presented to Pope
Benedict XVI by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech on the occasion of the canonisation of the
first Maltese saint. The presentation will be made during the canonisation ceremony
next Sunday, 3rd June at the Vatican.

This first gold replica stamp is one of only three minted for this occasion. Of the other
two, one is to be auctioned at a later date, with proceeds going to the Dar tal-
Provvidenza, and the third one is being retained by Maltapost for eventual exhibition in
the Maltapost postal museum.

The gold replica stamp was handed over to Bishop Mario Grech by Maltapost CEO
Joseph Gafà at Malta International Airport on Thursday 31 May, shortly before Bishop
Grech's departure for Rome.

Meanwhile, Maltapost has also issued for the first time ever a limited edition of 2,000
silver replica stamps bearing the same image of Dun Gorg in one of his characteristic
poses, and with the chapel of the Society of Christian Doctrine in the background.

This stamp, also a replica of the Lm1 / Euro 2.33 stamp, weighs 20 grams, and is being
issued in Brilliant Uncirculated (Proof-like) condition. Its size is 35.0mm x 35.0mm, with a
thickness of 1.53mm.

Struck in 99.9% silver and individually numbered, the silver stamp is available in a
presentation box and with a Certificate of Authenticity, and will sell for Lm15 / Euro
34.94, VAT included.

In addition to this silver replica stamp, Maltapost also issued a two-stamp set showing
identical images of Dun Gorg and the Blata l-Bajda chapel of the Society of Christian
Doctrine headquarters. The stamps are designed by Edward D. Pirotta and offset printed
by Printex Limited of Qormi on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper. The face values
are 8c / Euro 0.19 and Lm1 / Euro 2.33.

The stamps are 35.0mm x 35.0mm in size with a perforation of 14.28 x 14.28 (comb),
and will be available in sheets on ten stamps.

Additional information regarding both the silver replica stamp and the two-stamp set is
available from the Philatelic Bureau of Maltapost plc (tel. 25961747, e-mail
philately@maltapost.com), from the Maltapost website www.maltapost.com, or from any
Maltapost postal retail outlet in Malta and Gozo.
PREZENTAZZJONI TA' BOLLA REPLIKA TA' DUN GORG FID-DEHEB LILL-PAPA
BENEDITTU XVI

Replika tad-deheb tal-bolla tal-Lm1 / Ewro 2.33 ta' San Gorg Preca se tkun prezentata
lill-Papa Benedittu XVI mill-Isqof Mario Grech ta' Ghawdex fl-okkazjoni tal-
kanonizzazzjoni ta' l-ewwel qaddis Malti. Il-prezentazzjoni se ssir waqt ic-ceremonja tal-
kanonizzazzjoni fil-Vatikan il-Hadd li gej, it-3 ta' Gunju.

Din l-ewwel bolla replika tad-deheb hi biss wahda minn tlieta maghmula ghal din l-
okkazjoni. Mit-tnejn l-ohra, wahda se tkun irkantata iktar 'il quddiem, bil-qliegh imur
ghad-Dar tal-Provvidenza, u l-ohra se tinzamm minn Maltapost u eventwalment
titqieghed ghal wiri fil-muzew postali ta' Maltapost.

Il-bolla replika tad-deheb inghatat lill-Isqof Mario Grech mill-Kap Ezekuttiv ta' Maltapost,
is-Sur Joe Gafà fl-ajruport internazzjonali ta' Malta l-Hamis 31 ta' Mejju, ftit qabel l-Isqof
Grech telaq ghal Ruma.

Ghal din l-okkazjoni unika, Maltapost harget ukoll, ghall-ewwel darba fl-istorja filatelika
ta' pajjizna, edizzjoni limitata ta' 2,000 bolla replika tal-fidda li ghandhom l-istess xbiha ta'
Dun Gorg f'wahda mid-dehriet karatteristici tieghu, u bil-kappella tas-Socjeta' tal-Muzew
fl-isfond.

Il-bolla, li hi wkoll replika tal-bolla tal-Lm1 / Ewro 2.33, tizen 20 gramma, u qed tinhareg
f'dak li hu maghruf bhala Brilliant Uncirculated (Proof-like). Id-daqs hu ta' 35.0mm x
35.0mm, u l-bolla ghandha hxuna ta' 1.53mm.

Il-bolli, maghmula minn fidda 99.9% pura u numerati individwalment, jinkisbu f'kaxxa u
b'Certifikat ta' Awtenticita'. Il-bolli se jinbieghu ghall-prezz ta' Lm15 / Ewro 34.94, inkluz
il-VAT.

Minbarra din il-bolla replika tal-fidda, il-Bureau Filateliku ta' Maltapost hareg ukoll sett ta'
zewg bolli li juri xbighat identici ta' Dun Gorg u l-kappella tas-Socjeta' tal-Muzew fil-Blata
l-Bajda. Il-bolli huma disinjati minn Edward D. Pirotta u stampati offset minn Printex Ltd.
fuq karta bil-watermark tas-Slaleb ta' Malta. Il-valuri huma 8c / Ewro 0.19 u Lm1 / Ewro
2.33.

Il-bolli ghandhom daqs ta' 35.0mm x 35.0mm, b'perforazzjoni ta' 14.28 x 14.28 (comb), u
jistghu jinxtraw f'folji ta' ghaxar bolli.

Aktar taghrif dwar il-bolla replika tal-fidda u dwar is-sett ta' zewg bolli jista' jinkiseb mill-
Bureau Filateliku ta' Maltapost plc (cemplu 25961747 jew ibaghtu e-mail fuq
philately@maltapost.com), mill-website ta' Maltapost www.maltapost.com, jew mill-
ferghat kollha ta' Maltapost f'Malta u Ghawdex.

ENDS