This morning the opening ceremony was held for the new Philatelic and Numismatic (Stamp and Coin) Museum of Vatican City State, located within the Vatican Museums.
The new museum brings together all the stamps and coins minted in Vatican City State from 1929 to the present day. It includes a section containing sketches, printing plates, plaster models, bronze casts and other materials illustrating the various phases in the production of stamps and coins.
The brand new museum also has an intriguing exhibit of the history of the postal service of the Pontifical State from the years 1852-1870. The pictures on display in the new museum are original sketches by various artists that have been used in the production of postal stamps and airmail stationary.