Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vatican Stamp To Help Haiti

The Vatican's Philatelic and Numismatic Office reports it will donate the proceeds of the next stamp it issues to help Haiti recover from the damages it sustained in the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

According to an article that appears on the website the stamp which was already set to be released prior to the quake, will be dedicated to the 1,500th anniversary of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, more commonly known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Mentorella.

The Vatican will print some 900,000 stamps valued at 65 euro cents (91 cents), and sell them at 85 euro cents ($1.19). The additional 20 euro cents (28 cents) will be donated directly to Haiti.

The Governorate of Vatican State estimates that, if the whole edition is sold, some €150,000 ($211,424) will be collected. No picture of the stamp was available at press time.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM