150th Anniversary of the International Red Cross celebrated by Maltapost

October 29th, 2013

To commemorate the 150th anniversary from the founding of the Red Cross in 1863 by Henry Dunant, MaltaPost issued a miniature sheet bearing one stamp. In 1859, Henry Dunant, a young Swiss businessman witnessed the horrors of the Battle of Solferino. In 1863 he joined forces with five other men in Geneva to set up the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, later to become the International Committee of the Red Cross. Its emblem, a red cross on a white background is the inverse of the Swiss Flag.

The stamp has face value of €4.57. The miniature sheet portrays the image Henry Dunant. The miniature sheet was designed in house by MaltaPost. The size of the stamp is 48.0mm x 39.5mm with a perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 (comb), while the miniature sheet measures 120mm x 80mm. All stamps have been offset printed on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper by Printex Limited and are available in miniature sheets.

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