PAINTINGS Sassone #0 FRESCOES POPE SYLVESTER & EMPEROR CONSTANTINE 4 VATICAN MAXIMUM CARDS Stamp

Condition: FRESCOES POPE SYLVESTER & EMPEROR CONSTANTINE 4 VATICAN MAXIMUM CARDS
Country: VATICAN
The Edict of Milan established freedom of worship and marked an end to religious persecution by recognizing the right to profess one’s own faith. The declaration was issued in 313 AD in Milan, where Costantia, daughter of Constantine (emperor of the west) married Licinius (emperor of the east). From the beginning, the Christians would not participate in the imperial cult which claimed the divine status of the Roman emperors. For this reason, the Christians were opposed by the political and religious authorities. The Christian martyrs, the faithful who gave their lives for the faith, are eternal witnesses to the ferociousness of this persecution. To mark the 1700th anniversary of the “Edict of Milan” the Vatican has issued a series of three postal values and a mini sheet, the latest in a joint issue with Italy, depicting scenes of Constantine and Pope Sylvester I taken from the recently restored 13th century frescoes in the Oratory of Saint Sylvester at the Santi Quattro Coronati Basilica in Rome. Pictured here are 4 limited edition Maximum Cards with the four stamps issued by the Vatican. The 1.90 e denomination shows Pope Sylvester showing the portraits of St Peter and St Paul to the Emperor Constine the Great. The 2.50 e depicts Pope Sylvester returning to Rome to meet Emperor Contantine; 0.70 e depicts the Emperor Constine being baptized by Pope Sylvester; 0.85 Emperor Constantine I presents the imperial tiara to Pope Sylvester.
$40.00
Item Id #: 009729