Mr. Marijan Segedin
Marco Polo in philately


The philatelic opus of Marco Polo voyages are quite reach in a last few years. The first edition appears in Italy 1954 (two postage stamps). After that the next edition was commemorative cancellation in former Yugoslavia, it was in use on post office 50260 Korcula in 1984. The next one was again commemorative cancellation on post office 50260 Korcula in 1994, the picture in the postmark shows the ancient Gallion from that time.

National philatelic exhibition in Split was again an opportunity to show Korcula's great explorer and traveler Marco Polo. The postal cancellation was in official use on postoffice 58000 split, 1994. In the next year there was again use of postal cancellation with Marco Polo on post office 20260 Korčula, 1995, this time it was pictured an ancient vessel. Republic of Croatia issued in 1995 commemorative postage stamp, which depicts scene from Marco Polo's travel and the old town of Korcula. The commemorative cancellation in 1996 was in use in Korcula in honor of Philatelic exhibition "Marco Polo in philately".

The city of Vatican issued in 1995 in honor of 700th anniversary for commemorative postage stamps and souvenir sheet, with middle age illustration of Marco Polo travel. St. Thomas and Principe issued in 1983 a seven commemorative stamps and a souvenir sheet to show the greatest world explorers. The picture on souvenir sheet shows the departure of Polo's from Venice. San Marino and Italy issued also in 1995 one commemorative stamp each in honor of Marco Polo return from China.

This year a commemorative philatelic exhibition was held in Korcula in the whole of St. Michael Brotherhood, the main exhibits was about Marco Polo and its birthplace Korcula. Again it was in an official use a commemorative cancellation which depicts Chinese horses as a symbol of a great cultural exhibition in Zagreb in 1996, and one of the possible portraits of Marco Polo.

This is surely not the end of philatelic theme with Marco Polo and his adventures. It was already announced a Great philatelic exhibition, some cancellation and covers, and probably commemorative postage stamps in 1998 in honor of 700th anniversary of the maritime battle between Venice and Genoa in front of the island Korcula, where Marco Polo was captured and after that wrote his popular book in the prison.

Italia Yugoslavia Croatia Croatia Croatia Croatia Croatia Vatican Vatican Vatican St. Tome e Principe San Marino Croatia
Italija - 700th aniversary of birthday of Marco Polo (two stamps) - 1954 Yugoslavia - Commemorative postmark, Marco Polo Nigrocorkyrensis, Postcode 50260 Korcula 01/06/1984. Croatia - Commemorative postage stamp, Marco Polo Nigrocorkyrensis, Postcode 50260 Korcula 03/08/1994. Croatia - 8th Adriatic philately meeting, Marco Polo - the Day of the town of Korcula, Postcode 58000 Split 26/09/1994. Croatia - Commemorative postmark, Marco Polo Nigrocorkyrensis, Postcode 20260 Korcula 29/08/1995 Croatia - Commemorative postmark, 700th years of return of Marco Polo from China, 1995 Croatia - Commemorative postmark, Exhibition Marco Polo in philately, Korcula 1996 Vatican - Commemorative postage stamp, Polo's gives accreditive letters to Kublaj Kan, 1995. Vatican - Commemorative postage stamp, Polo's receives golden seal from Kublaj Kan, 1995. Vatican - Commemorative souvenir sheet, Marco Polo according middle age ilustration, 1995. St. Toma and Principe - Souvenir sheet, Departure of Polo's from Venice, 1983. San Marino - Commemorative postage stamp, 700th years of return of Marco Polo from China, 1995 Croatia - Commemorative postmark, Exhibition Marco Polo in philately, Postcode 20260 Korcula 09/08/1997

Mr. Marijan Šegedin, secretary general
Croatian philatelic federation
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