MaltaPost will issue a miniature sheet bearing two postage stamps to mark the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.The stamps carry a face value of €0.59 and €1.55 and respectively depict the official mascot and emblem of the event. Brazil’s official mascot is Fuleco™, an armadillo known to defend itself from predators by rolling up into a ball. The name is a portmanteau of the words “Futebol” (“Football”) and “Ecologia” (“Ecology”). The design is based on the idea of three victorious hands together raising the FIFA World Cup™ trophy.The miniature sheet, designed by MaltaPost’s Graphic Designer Sean Cini measures 120mm x 86mm and bears the Maltese Crosses watermark. Each stamp measures 35mm x 35mm with a perforation of 13.75 x 13.75 (comb.). Printex Limited printed it in offset and the issue consists of 50,000 miniature sheets.
The miniature sheet will be available as from Thursday 12 June 2014 from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo, online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.