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Check out Malta’s 2021 stamps

Written by catpaw

August 19, 2021

Malta’s 2021 stamps offer collectors stamps, mini sheets, FDCs and presentation packs along with some decent postmarks. As well as the various covers and postmarks, etc., Malta also participates in the yearly EUROMED, EUROPA & SEPAC competitions. This year they serve up some excellent maps & wildlife stamps.

The bulk of Malta’s stamps are designed by MaltaPost p.l.c., and no specific names identified.  Which is a shame, I’d love to know more about the designers behind stamps. However, a few independent artist from Malta are identified. Two notables are Andrew Micallef and Madeleine Gera who shared artistic duties with the January Healthcare Heroes portraits. This is an amazing set.

Malta 2021 stamps Heath care worker stamp oneMalta 2021 stamps health care worker stamp twoMalta 2021 stamps Health care workers stamp three


Of the trio, I think the middle stamp by Madeleine Gera is the most powerful. Most countries have issued Covid/Healthcare worker stamps, but Malta’s are striking because they reveal the staggering exhaustion in their faces. Madeleine Gera studied at the Scuola di Arte Grafica, Il Bissonte and has gone on to explore concepts of beauty in Maltese artwork via her MA thesis  ‘The Concept of Beauty in 19th Century Maltese Painting’. I’ve gone back to her website numerous times to examine her artwork.  To date, this looks like her first stamp for Malta. It would be interesting to see her explore her thesis via stamps. 

The second notable is Malta’s 2021 Europa series by Sean Dingli This is his first stamp designs for MaltaPost and we’ll likely see more in the future. He specialises in microphotography, or as he puts it on his Instagram bio “The How? The What?? and The WOW!”      

Mediterranean Chameleon

After seeing his other microphotography works, I’m hoping Malta taps him to do a series based on what he does best, ‘’A hidden beauty can be found in the unseen, hidden micro world. To experience such wonder, you just need a different perspective’’.  

Cancels

While not as ornate as some postmarks, Malta’s are first class. They tend more towards the minimalist feel, rather than richly detailed, but they are powerful.  The EUROPA chameleon cancel is an example of the work  

Europa 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta cancel

I love this cancel for many reasons.  It’s simple, clean and beautifully rendered. And, it’s kind of charming in a chameleon sort of way.  Let me know what you think and which is your favourite. 

Enjoy the 2021 year from Malta. 

Malta’s 2021 stamps for January

Malta Healthcare Heroes COVID-19

Heathcare heroes FDC cancel Malta's 2021 stamps

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sheets of 10

Heath Care Workers sheets 

FDC & presentation pack

Heathcare heroes FDC Heathcare heroes presentation pack Malta 2021

3 stamps, sheets of 10, FDC, cancel, souvenir sheet

Artists/Designers: 
Male healthcare worker – Andrew Micallef
Female healthcare workers- Madeleine Gera

Release date: Jan. 29, 2021


March 

ACT Now Recycle 2021

Act Now recycling cancel

Malta's 2021 stamps ACT Now Recycle 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps ACT Now Recycle 2021   Malta's 2021 stamps ACT Now Recycle 2021

FDCs & presentation pack

Act Now recycling FDC 3  Act Now recycling FDC 2

Act Now recycling FDC 1 Act Now recycling presentation pack

3 stamps, 3 FDCs, cancel, presentation pack

This stamp issue supports this campaign by encapsulating three separate symbols, one on each stamp; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, also called the 3 Rs. Maltapost Philately – Act Now – The United Nations Campaign for Individual Action (maltaphilately.com)

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.
Images: Courtesy of United NationsPerforation

Release date: March 18, 2021


Malta’s 2021 stamps  May

MS 200th Anniversary Death of Napoleon Bonaparte 2021
 
Death of Napoleon 2021 FDC Malta Malta's 2021 stamps Death of Napoleon 2021 presentation pack Malta's 2021 stamps
 
1 mini sheet, FDC, cancel, presentation pack
 
Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.
 
Release date: May 5, 2021
 

 

Malta – Mediterranean Chameleon | Painted Frog

Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - Mediterranean Chameleon | Painted Frog cancel

Mediterranean Chameleon Malta's 2021 stamps EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta - Painted Frog Malta's 2021 stamps

blocks

Malta's 2021 stamps Blk of EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta

sheets of 11 & booklet

Malta's 2021 stamps Europa stamp sheetMalta's 2021 stamps EUROPA 2021 frongsStamp Booklet Europa 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta

FDC, presentation pack

FDC w set EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta FDC w set EUROPA 2021 Endangered National Wildlife of Malta

2 stamps, 2 souvenir sheets, FDCs, cancel, blocks, presentation pack

Photographer: Sean Dingli

Release date: May 12, 2021


 
SEPAC – old maps

Malta cancel

Malta stamp three old map SEPAC maps on stamps Malta's 2021 stampsmalta old map two

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sheets of 10

Malta sheet SEPAC historical maps on stamps Malta's 2021 stamps

FDC & presentation pack

Malta FDC for old maps SEPAC historical maps on stamps Malta's 2021 stampspresentation pack for malta map stamps

4 stamps, FDC, cancel, presentation pack

  • .20 Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi an Italian printer and cartographer, published in Rome in 1686 titled  ISOLA DI MALTA GOZZO COMINO E COMINOTTO
  • .50 Dutch cartographer Johannes Jansonnius, published around 1650 titled INSVLAE MELITAE Vulgo MALTE Nova et accurata Description
  • .63 French cartographer Bernard Antoine Jaillot and published in 1734 titled CARTE PARTICULIERE DES ISLES / DE MALTE du Goze et du Cuming
  • 1.25 German cartographer Georg Matthaus Seutter the Elder published in c.1725 titled MELITE vulgo MALTA cum vicinis GOZA, quae olim GAULOS, et COMINO insulis

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.

Release date: May 28, 2021.


June

HRH Prince Philip 2021

 HRH Prince Philip 2021 cancel Malta's 2021 stamps

HRH Prince Philip 2021 stamp two Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 stamp three Malta's 2021 stamps  HRH Prince Philip 2021 stamp one Malta's 2021 stamps

sheets of 10

HRH Prince Philip 2021 sheets Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 sheets two Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 sheets one Malta's 2021 stamps

FDC & presentation pack

HRH Prince Philip 2021 FDC Malta's 2021 stamps HRH Prince Philip 2021 presentation pack

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 10, FDC, cancel presentation pack

100th Anniversary – Birth of HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.

Release date: June 10, 2021


July

EUROMED – Handicraft Jewellery in the Mediterreanean

Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - 19th c earrings, pendant & brooch cancel showing woman wearing ornate necklace

Malta - 19th c earrings stamp EUROMED 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - 19th c   pendant EUROMED 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps Malta - 19th c  brooch EUROMED 2021 Malta's 2021 stamps

Malta - 19th c earrings, pendant & brooch FDC Malta's 2021 stamps

3 stamps, FDC, cancel

  • a set of earrings ‘Tais’
  • a Maltese Cross pendant
  • seed pearl brooch 

All three 19th century pieces are made from gold, and embellished with seed pearls. These three pieces of Jewelry were displayed in the 2013 exhibition ‘Vanity, Profanity and Worship: Jewelry from the Maltese Islands’ organised by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti and held at the Casino Maltese, Valletta. Maltapost Philately – EUROMED – Handicraft Jewelry in the Mediterranean (maltaphilately.com)

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.
Images: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti

Release date: July 12, 2021


Olympic Games 2020

Olympic Games 2020 cancel 

Olympic Games 2020 stamp Malta's 2021 stamps Olympic Games 2020 stamp two Malta's 2021 stamps  Olympic Games 2020 stamp three Malta's 2021 stamps

sheets of 10

Olympic Games 2020 sheets Olympic Games 2020 sheet two Olympic Games 2020 sheet one 

FC & presentation pack

Olympic Games 2020 FDC Malta's 2021 stamps Olympic Games 2020 presentation pack Malta's 2021 stamps

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 10, FDC, cancel, presentation pack

Designer: Aidan Cassar

Release date: July 23, 2021 


August

Special cancel 800th anniversary of St. Dominic’s death

800th anniversary of St. Dominic's death special cancel Malta's 2021 stamps

Special handstamp available through the Castille Square Post Office

Release date: Aug. 6, 2021


30 years of One Radio Broadcasting

30 years of One Radio Broadcasting

Special handstamp available through the MaltaPost Head Office in Marsa

Release date: Aug. 11, 2021


Maltese Fiesta 2021 

altese Festa 2021 St Nicholas Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of St Paul Rabat Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of Stella Maris Sliema Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of The Nativity of Mary Naxxar   Maltese Festa 2021 Birgu Statue of St Dominic - Birgu Maltese Festa 2021 Paola Statue of Christ The King Paola Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Valletta Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of St Bartholomew Gharghur Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of St George Qormi Maltese Festa 2021 Statue of The Visitation of Our Lady Gharb

souvenir sheet

Mint Set Maltese Festa 2021 sheet  

maxi cards

Max Card Festa 2021 

FDCs

FDC with set Maltese Festa 2021 FDC 1 with set Maltese Festa 2021

10 stamps, souvenir sheet, 2 FDCs, cancel, 10 maxi cards

Photographer: Mark Micallef Perconte

Release date: Aug. 25, 2021


Finished with Malta? How about a few themes? Check out the EUROPA and SEPAC listing EUROPA & SEPAC stamps 

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