In celebration of the apostolic visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines, church and government officials, as well as philately enthusiasts, gathered together for a special launch of the papal visit stamps through an exhibit at The Block, SM City North EDSA.
The Pope Francis Special Coinage Stamp is a rare souvenir sheet special coinage stamp in honor of the Official State Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Philippines. This gold circular stamp features the smiling pope with the words “Pilipinas,” “Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines 2015,” and “Mercy and Compassion.” The printing technology used for this one-of-a-kind stamp is 3D embossing hot copper foil with a limited production of 7,000 pieces only. This coinage stamp which measures 9cm x 9cm will be sold at P200.
A joint project of the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) and SM City North EDSA, the special launch had His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as special guest.
The special launch was highlighted by the signing of the Official First Day Cover of the stamps, an envelope that is considered a collectible because it is sold only during the launch.
It also featured an exhibit of the Block of Four Stamps featuring the winning entries of the PHLPost on-the post design, as well as a special lighted Rosary made of stamps with the image of Pope Francis.
The Papal Stamp exhibit is one the mall initiated events to celebrate the Papal visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.