Monday, April 4, 2016

San Marino 2016
35th Aanniversary of the First Female Captain Regent

ISSUE DATE: 10 March 2016
STAMP SIZE:30 x 40 mm
CIRCULATION: 40 008 souvenir sheets
STAMP DESIGN: Esploratori dello spazio

Maria Lea Pedini was the first woman who held the high office of Captain Regent in 1981. Thirty-five years later Philatelic Office of San Marino celebrated this historic event with a stamp designed by Esploratori dello spazio. 
The philatelic issue pays homage to an institution that dates back to the age of the Italian city-states. The Captains Regent (Capitani Reggenti) of San Marino are elected every six months by the Grand and General Council — the country's parliament. The duo serve as heads of state and government. 

Normally the Regents are chosen from opposing parties. They serve a six-month term. The investiture of the Captains Regent takes place on 1 April and 1 October every year, beginning in 1243. The practice of dual heads of government (Diarchy) is derived directly from the customs of the Roman Republic, equivalent to the consuls of ancient Rome.
The € 2.55 value depicts a graphic revision of the portrait of the first female Captain Regent, based on a picture taken on the day of the inauguration which is represented on the strip on the sheet left side.

Stamp images and description thanks to San Marino Post

San Marino Post