Hungarian saints and blesseds II.
HUNGARIAN SAINTS AND BLESSEDS II
Posta is presenting the theme of Hungarian saints and blesseds through a series
of stamps to be issued over several years.
next piece in our philatelic series commemorate three martyrs who lost their
lives as victims of the communist dictatorship. The stamps of the miniature
sheet depict Blessed Zoltán Lajos Meszlényi, Blessed István Sándor and Blessed
The unusual feature of the issue is that, apart from
the standard version of the miniature sheet, special and monochrome editions
are also being released. The miniature sheet was designed by György Kara and produced by Pénzjegynyomda. The new issue will be
available at main post offices and at the Filaposta from 25 February but it can
be ordered online from Magyar Posta’s internet shop as well.
(1892-1951) was a priest at the Diocese of Esztergom, and its suffragan bishop
from 1937. His canonical work was noteworthy. The reason for his arrest was
that he was appointed titular bishop to replace the imprisoned József
Mindszenty instead of the person supported by the state. He was sent to an
internment camp, where he died shortly afterwards as a result of inhuman
treatment. He was beatified on 31 October 2009. Blessed István Sándor
trained as a printer during his time as an aspirant monk of the Salesian
Society. While serving his order, he was involved in the education of children
and taught religion. When religious orders were banned, he continued his
activity illegally and chose not to emigrate although he had the opportunity.
He was sentenced to death in a show trial and hung in 1953. Despite being
tortured, he was not willing to confess to a fabricated story. He was beatified
on 19 October 2013.
Blessed Szilárd Bogdánffy (1911-1953) was a priest, religious educator and seminary teacher, and clandestinely ordained bishop of Oradea (Romania). In 1948, at the request of his bishop, he organised and held a secret seminary. In 1949 he was ordained a bishop in secret and was then arrested. After four years in prison, he was sentenced to 12 years' hard labour. The physical tribulations suffered at the Aiud labour camp led to his death. He was beatified on 30 October 2010.
HUNGARIAN SAINTS AND
Order code: 2014040040011 (standard edition),
2014040060012 (standard editionFDC),
2014042040011 (special edition),
2014042060012 (special editionFDC),
Date of issue: 25 February 2014
Face value: 1.200 Ft
Purchase price of the set:3.990 Ft
The standard version is made by offset printing. The offset printed special edition has silvermotifs which are enhanced by diffraction film and embossing, lending the miniature sheet a shiny surface.
Number of copies: 30.000 (standard edition),
10.000 (special edition),
5.000 (monochrome edition).
5,000 copies were made of the set, which contains a special edition numbered from 1 to 5,000 and a similarly numbered philatelic monochrome edition. The latter is sold only as part of the set. The monochrome edition may not be used to pay for postage.
Perforated size: 30x45 mm
Cut size: 110x70 mm
Printed by Pénzjegynyomda
Sources of design was made available by the Esztergom Cathedral, the Esztergom Primatial Arcives, the Salesiani di Don Bosco and the Oradea Diocesan Archives.
Designed by György Kara