There are 6 types of stamps represented in the Collection.
These stamps are dedicated to a certain topic, and are printed for various postal rates. Sede Vacante definitives are designed and used between the death of one pope until the next Supreme Pontiff is elected. This stamp was issued in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.
Stamps of this type display an event, person, or anniversary of a person or event.
St. Ignatius Loyola, Jesuit Jubilee Year, 2006 (Left) and Fra Angelico (Right).
Issued in 1938 to 1992, it is no longer printed because most mail today is delivered by air.
Issued between 1929 –1966, these stamps were used for deliveries when speed was desired.
From 1931 – 1968, the stamps indicated amounts owed to the post office. Today the mail is simply returned to the sender.
Increasingly popular, these stamps display a specific topic.
The International Year Restoration of the
of the Book, 1972 Sistine Chapel, 1994
In addition to single stamps, Souvenir sheets are comprised of either topical or commemorative stamps which form a composite picture of several stamps. The stamps can be detached individually for postage.
More information on the history and diversity of the Vatican City postals is found on https://www.vaticanstamps.org/
Pope Francis: March 13, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI: April 19, 2005 - Feb 28, 2013
Pope John Paul II: Oct 16, 1978 – April, 2005
Pope John Paul I: Aug 26 – Sept 28, 1978
Pope Paul VI: June 21, 1963 – Aug 6, 1978
Pope John XXIII: Oct 28, 1958 – June 3, 1963