The edition of “1st Olympic Games of modern age” was celebrated on the 6th April 1896 in Athens thanks to the idea and commitment of the young French baron Pierre Fredi de Coubertin who was a sport follower. From that time the Olympic games are celebrated every four years and have been hosted by all four continents (Europe, America, Asia and Oceania).
With this edition, which will start on the 27th July 2012, London gains the record of first city in the world which hosted three time the summer games (1908- 1948 – 2012). With this issue of four stamps, the Azienda Autonoma di Stato Filatelia e Numismatica wants to celebrate not only swimming, athletics and trap shooting but also the historical origins of this competition.
In the first stamp, for example, Fontana represented the olympic torch, one of the symbol of Ancient Greece, when the fire was kept burning for the whole period of the games. The fire was reintroduced in the olympic games of 1928 and from that year it is part of the opening ceremony. Tradition and modernity are the distinguishing elements of this souvenir-sheet.
Title: 30th Olympic Games London 2012 stamps – San Marino
Date of Issue: 13th June 2012
Country: San Marino
Denominations: € 0,50 x 4