Code 645: 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima

On the 13th May 1917 the Holy Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, Fatima, asking them to pray the Rosary every day, to consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart, to do penance and to convert. Today the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima is the destination of many pilgrims coming from all over the world. The €1.00 value shows the Basilica of Fatima, built on the site of the apparitions, while the €2.90 stamp depicts the Holy Virgin’s apparition to the shepherd children. On the background of both values, circles of light stand out against the sky, reminding of the miracle of the sun occurred on the 13th October 1917. Values: 2 values of €1.00-2.90 in sheets of 20 stamps Print run: 30,000 sets Printing: 4 colour offset, a Pantone  and yellow fluorescent invisible ink by Cartor Security Printing Perforation: 13¼ x 13 Stamp size: 30 x 40 mm Designer: Cristian Ceccaroni This year for the first time two first day cancellations are available for the ”100th anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima”, please write the selected cancellation in the notes field. Note: it is not possible to have both cancellations in a single stamps set; to have cancellation "A" select cancelled in the order form; to have cancellation "B" select cancelled and specify in the notes field "cancellation B"; to have cancellations "A" and "B" it is necessary to buy 2 stamps sets, select cancelled and specify in the notes field "cancellations A and B".