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Philatelic Postage stamp issue 'Boats of the Mediterranean'

On 9 July 2015, a number of postal operators within the Postal Union for the Mediterranean, - PUMed, will be issuing stamps featuring as a common theme the boats of the Mediterranean. Malta will be participating in this initiative by issuing a stamp featuring the Firilla which in the past was commonly seen around the Maltese Islands.


PUMed marks the Mediterranean region as a political, economic and social area. Faced with an ever-changing postal industry, members within PUMed have come together so as to develop projects that will help each postal operator keep up with the challenges of the market. PUMed was officially established on 15 March 2011 and its headquarters are stationed in Malta.

The Malta stamp carries a face-value of €3.59 and the issue consists of 20,000 stamps. It was designed by Sean Cini of MaltaPost and will be issued in sheets of 10 stamps. The stamp measures 41mm x 30.5mm with a perforation of 13.7 x 13.8 (comb.) and bears the Maltese Crosses watermark while the sheet measures 108mm x 178.5mm and is complemented by an illustration of the Firilla.

This philatelic issue will be available as from Thursday 9 July 2015 from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo, online at or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, e-mail:

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