Correos issues a stamp depicting the Arqua Museum in Cartagena


The circulation is 134,000 copies that will be attached to postal items or increase the collections of philatelic fans

Correos has issued a stamp depicting an amphora and a pot belonging to the National Museum of Underwater Archeology of Cartagena (Arqua). The philatelic issue is devoted to the maritime archeology of the Mediterranean, within the annual series of ‘Euromed Postal’.

The Postal Union for the Mediterranean of Euromed (Europe Mediterranean) was founded in Rome on 15 March 2011 by 14 postal operators from the Mediterranean region under the umbrella of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). It currently has 23 postal companies across the Mediterranean with the aim of developing, promoting and protecting the collective interests of its members, increasing their income and improving the quality of services provided.

The postal issue has an edition of 134,000 stamps, in Pliego Premium format, with six stamps depicting the elements belonging to the Arqua Museum in Cartagena.

Spain and the Mediterranean have unique places for the study of history under the sea. The seabed holds many secrets about the history of mankind and revealing the mysteries hidden under water can help us reconstruct and understand the past of ancient civilizations, such as the case of the ship Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, destroyed by the British Navy in 1804 near the coast of Cádiz.

Correos devoted an issue of stamps to Arqua in 2017 from the ‘Museums’ series, which on that occasion also collected two other stamps dedicated to the Center Pompidou in Malaga and the Museum of La Rioja.

The National Museum of Underwater Archeology is the institution responsible for publicizing Spain’s Underwater Cultural Heritage, promoting its conservation and, consequently, its improvement for its use and enjoyment. It has extensive collections dating back to the Phoenician era with the wrecks of Mazarrón 1 and 2 and the Bajo de la Campana site, both from the 7th century BC; the passing of the 19th century in which the cargo of the frigate Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes stands out; to close in the 20th century with some ceramic pieces.

In 2016, the postal company also issued a tourist postmark dedicated to the Arqua Museum to help disseminate this emblematic museum through postal mailings.

The stamp now issued and dedicated to maritime archeology can be purchased from the offices of Correos, through Correos Market via this link, by contacting the philatelic service via email ‘[email protected] ‘, or by calling 915 197 197 .

Source: La Verdad


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