The Malta Independent 18 June 2024, Tuesday
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Philatelic Issue: Malta 2023 - Games of the Small States of Europe

Friday, 26 May 2023, 16:02 Last update: about 2 years ago

The 19th Edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe will be held in Malta. To commemorate this Event, MaltaPost shall issue a miniature sheet on Monday 29 May 2023. This new issue, bearing one stamp, will depict "PUKA", the official mascot of the 2023 Games. The name is a derivative of "lampuka", the dorado fish synonymous with the Maltese Islands. The Games will see the organization of a total of ten different sports held within eleven different venues between the 29 May and 3 June 2023. The sporting disciplines will consist of athletics, basketball, judo, rugby 7s, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, table-tennis and tennis.

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The new stamp, within the miniature sheet, measures 44 mm x 31 mm, with a comb perforation of 13.09 x 14.00 and bears the Maltese Cross watermark. The miniature sheet measures 120 mm x 80 mm and was produced in the offset process by Printex Ltd. The issue consists of 13,000 miniature sheets,  each sheet bearing a stamp with  denomination of €5.00. The illustrations used are courtesy of The Malta Olympic Committee.

The miniature sheet will be available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo from Monday 29 May 2023. Orders may be placed online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c., 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; by telephone: 2596 1740, or via e-mail: [email protected]


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