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Vatican City - Sede Vacante (1963)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Holy See (Vatican City State)
Type
Stamp (Complete Set)
Class
Definitive / Regular Issues
Front Inscription
SEDE VACANTE MCMLXIII
Issued Date
15/06/1963
Gum
Gum
Perforation Gauge
14
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Never Hinged - Extra Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
362
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
363
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
364
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
Vatican City - Sede Vacante (1963)
10 lire Keys of St. Peter and Papal Chamberlain's Insignia
40 lire Keys of St. Peter and Papal Chamberlain's Insignia
100 lire Keys of St. Peter and Papal Chamberlain's Insignia


all three have print-run of 2,389,000 each.

When a pope dies, there is a period during which no pope rules, known as the 'inter-regnum' - that is, the time between rulers. During the inter-regnum, the Seat of the Bishop of Rome at St. John Lateran is vacant, known as 'Sede Vacante.' With the death of Pope John XIII on June 4, 1963, there was an eleven-day interval between his death and the first day of issue of the Sede Vacante stamps at the Vatican Post Office, June 15th.

The Vatican issued three stamps in vertical format. At the top of the stamp appears SEDE VACANTE. Below this appears MCMLXIII (1963), the year of Pope John XXIII's death. In the center appears the symbolic canopy with the Crossed Keys, indicating that the cathedral throne of St. John Lateran stands vacant. In the bottom right corner appears the value, and along the bottom appears POSTE VATICANE.

The 10-lire value was printed in sepia on white paper; the 40-lire value was printed in sepia on bright yellow surface colored paper; the 100-lire was printed in sepia on lilac surface colored paper. The number of sets printed was 3,000,000, all printed in rotary photogravure. The stamps remained valid until June 21, 1963.

Waltz, J. "Sede Vacante MCMLXIII (Interregnum Issue)." Vatican Notes 17, no. 5 (March-April 1969): 11-12.

Medium: paper; ink(multicolored)
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