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Juventus Italian Champion 2011-2012
The proud shield which more than any other helps piece back together a mosaic that broke up about six years ago. The rebirth and lay resurrection of a team which in the past gave so much to Italian football and ended up falling into Inferno, passing via the Purgatory of Serie B. The Old Lady is back, they thundered from the new Juventus Stadium;
26th January 2012 Berlin awards a prize to San Marino
San Marino, Berlin and return. It is neither the title of a film and nor the foresight of a feasible journey.
26th January 2012 Tribute to the Coat of Arms
Independence and Sovereignty. With the issuing of three stamps, designed by the graphic design and architecture agency “Esploratori dello Spazio”, and featuring photos by Davide Farabegoli, the AASFN pays its tribute to the San Marino coat of arms. A representation of culture and identity intended to pay homage to a Republic and its people. In it are contained the résumé, synthesis and symbolic representation of that set of ideal values which constituted and continue to function as a driving force for the citizens of that tiny State. “Libertas”, liberty, is the key word which impels collective action and for centuries has been written in the cartouche under the shield. As far back as the XV century, when San Marino took on the title of Republic, it already stood proud above the country’s entrance gateway. To announce to aggressors that those men on the ramparts were not defending caste privileges but the right to be free. And then there are the three battlemented towers crowned by their banners perched on Mount Titano, which, together with the figure of the Founding Saint, embody the population’s sense of belonging. Hence the sheet created intends to travel a long historical route also via the images of some coats of arms which are amongst the most significant in the history of the Republic, and through a depiction of the new coat of arms taken from the Constitutional Law of 22 July 2011 no.1. The colours of the three stamps have been altered from their official use. Gold leaf, like that to be used solely for the headed notepaper of the Captains Regent, silver as used by the Secretaries of State, and the blue used by the State’s public offices. A tribute to the coat of arms, and a tribute to Liberty, Independence and Sovereignty. Issue date 29th February 2012 Values a souvenir sheet with three values of € 0.60-0.85-4.95 (set price € 6.40) Print run 120.000 souvenir sheets Printing Four-colour offset and gold, silver, blue foil by Cartor Security Printing Perforations 13x13.5 Stamp size 40x30 mm Souvenir sheet size 185x143 mm Design Esploratori dello Spazio Photograph davide Farabegol
26th January 2012 100th Anniversary of Milano Marittima
Milano Marittima (Cervia), 14 August 1912 – 14 August 2012. A century of history, an avant-garde experience which already over this short century has revealed itself as something extraordinary, unique for its times, where the development and safeguarding of the environment became interwoven in a symbiotic course. A challenge launched and won by some Lombard pioneers who knew how to accept and embrace the visionary dream of the painter and commercial artist, Giuseppe Palanti. This artist from Milan, modifying the idea of the British town-planner, Ebeneser Howard, inspired by the Garden City, designed a new holiday resort where the tourist residences would merge perfectly into the surrounding nature. The first five villas were built between 1913 and ’14, in a Liberty style. Even today, we can still admire the “Villa Palanti” in the centre of Milano Marittima, midway between the sea and the pine wood. After one hundred years, that unique and original experiment which brought to life a tourist resort now ranked amongst the top few both nationally and internationally, is recalled with pride in a memory that feeds on the past to look to the future with pride and hope. Issue date 29th February 2012 Values a value of € 1.00 in 12 stamp sheets with a descriptive strip on right Print run 70.008 sets Printing four colour offset by OeSD Perforations 14x14 Stamp size 30x40 mm Design Stefano Morri
26th January 2012 150th Anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt
150th Anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt “The Embrace”, “The Kiss”, “The Three Ages of Woman” and “Hope II”. The Republic of San Marino will be using these four masterpieces to commemorate the 150 years that have passed since the birth of the Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt. Four commemorative stamps designed by artist Davide Cheli, remind us of the styles and imprint left by the Viennese Secession whose central figure was Klimt, an artist who knew how to contribute with great incisiveness in defining an Austrian school that was amongst the most significant national variations of Art Nouveau. Soft, sinuous and elegant lines, bi-dimensional forms and particular colour combinations all render the ideal of Gesamtkunstwerk, i.e. a “total work of art”, which led the secessionist artists to design, paint and decorate within a vision of an all-embracing fusion of the arts. The Viennese Secession, above all in its painting, was not so much an express act of revolt against the art of the past, as an initiative designed to create art in Austria, an art which answered the needs of the time. Klimt was president of the Secession, he organised its first exhibition in 1898, wrote its manifesto and published the first issue of the magazine, Ver Sacrum, the Secession’s official organ through which Secessionist painters, stylists and architects laid the ground for “Secession-style” taste, above all in the field of graphics. 1862- 2012: a story which lives on in Galleries across Europe and now thanks also to this homage from the Philatelic Office of San Marino. Issue date 29th February 2012 Values a souvenir sheet with four values of € 0.85-1.00-1.40-1.50 (set price 4.75) Printing n.70.000 souvenir sheets Print run four-colour offset and gold pantone by Cartor Security Printing Perforations 13x13.5 Stamp size 30x40 mm Souvenir sheet size 113x153 mm Design Davide Cheli