June 11th, 2015

San Marino as the first European country to abolish the death penalty


FindYourStampsValue.com got to know that San Marino Post has designed and is ready to issue a special stamp dedicated to the 150thanniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in San Marino. The issue consisting of one item is to be put into circulation on the 16th of June.

The stamp depicts a stylized running man made up of a rope, a tool of death that turns into the symbol of human life which transcends any state punitive power.

The 1,20€ value designed by Gianluca Costantini, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in San Marino, shows the long-lasting international commitment of the Republic to the fight against the death penalty. Moreover San Marino was the first country in Europe and the third in the world to abolish it.

The Statutes of the 14th century provided the death penalty by decapitation, but its last application dates back to 1648. The death penalty was abolished in 1848, but it was restored 5 years later, after the murder of a Secretary of State. The definitive abolition dates back to 1865, when the new penal code was approved.

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