In addition to the ordinary date stamps, the Poste Magistrali put into use special postmarks for new stamp issues (“first day of issue” postmarks) as well as for philatelic events and exhibitions or anyway related to the Order of Malta’s activities.
These special postmarks are normally used to cancel stamps on mail items but they can also be used for philatelic purposes, on collectors’ letters, postcards or other items, or simply for commemoration. An ordinary or special postmark can be used to cancel only Order of Malta’s postage stamps or postal stationeries with a face value at least equal to the minimum amount required for sending an ordinary letter to Italy. Instead, “day of issue” postmarks are only allowed to cancel the stamps to which they refer.
2022 Special postmarks announcements (in Italian only)