The Maltese-Spanish philatelic and numismatic club

The Maltese-Spanish Philatelic and Numismatic Club is a section of the Círculo Cultural Hispano-Maltés – Ghaqda Kulturali Spanjola-Maltija. This Club was formed on April 10th 1989 with the aims of promoting Maltese-Spanish culture through Philately and Numismatics. The commemoration of Maltese-Spanish events is one of the main activities of the Club. This Club is the fruit of an exhibition of Maltese and Spanish stamps together with a wide variety of Maltese and Spanish coins, held at the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta between the 20th and 22nd October, 1988.

The Maltese Postal authorities in collaboration with the Maltese-Spanish Philatelic and Numismatic Club, periodically issues Special Handstamp Cancellations to commemorate Maltese-Spanish events. The Club prints special covers to complement such cancellations.

The gentlemen who founded this Club were Mr. Bernard Agius, Mr. Joseph Cachia, Mr. Antonio Farrugia, Mr. Antonio Fenech, Mr. Robert Gatt and Mr. John Micallef.

Mr. John Micallef is the present Chairman, while Mr. Robert Gatt is the Secretary.

All members of the Círculo Cultural Hispano-Maltés, are automatically members of the Club.

Commemorative Covers printed by the Club:

  1. The Philatelic Exhibition organised by the Círculo Cultural Hispano-Maltés. (20-22/10/88). A maximum card was also issued.
  2. First Air Malta Direct Flight Malta-Madrid-Malta (22/06/90).
  3. Two hundred years from the birth of Don Angel de Saavedra, a Spanish poet who only had words of praise for Malta (03/12/91).
  4. Five hundred years from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in South America (20/02/92).
  5. Expo in Seville/Malta International Fair in Naxxar (28/06/92).
  6. The XXV Olympic Games in Barcelona; the tenth participation of the Maltese Olympic team (24/06/92).
  7. First Air Malta Direct Flight Malta-Barcelona-Malta (24/06/93).
  8. The tenth anniversary from the foundation of the Círculo Cultural Hispano-Maltés (12/03/94).
  9. Four hundred years from the election of Fra. Martin Garzes as the 53rd Grandmaster of the Order of St. John in Malta (06/05/95).
  10. Three hundred and fifty years from the arrival in Malta of the miraculous painting of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (30/11/96) stamp cover
  11. Three hundred years from the election of Fra. Ramon Perellos as the 63rd Grandmaster of the Order of St. John in Malta (07/02/97)
  12. One hundred and fifty years from the death of Don Juan Bautista Azopardo (232/10/98)
  13. Ten years from the foundation of the Maltese-Spanish Philatelic and Numismatics Club (10/04/99).
  14. Five hundred years from the birth of Emperor Charles the fifth, Emperor of Spain (12/10/00).
  15. Beatification of Don Vicente Sicluna Hernandez (12/03/01).
  16. First scheduled direct flight Malta-Spain Madrid (03/07/03).
  17. 20th Anniversary from the foundation of the Circulo Cultural Hispano-Maltes (11/03/04).
  18. First flight Gozo-Malta-Gozo by Helicopteros del Sureste (21/03/05).
  19. Exhibition “Carolus Vs Rex Imperator” at the National Library (27/05/06)

Special Hand Cancellations

  1. The Philatelic Exhibition organised by the Círculo Cultural Hispano-Maltés. (20-22/10/88).
  2. The 200th anniversary from the birth of Don Angel de Saavedra, Duque de Rivas (03/12/91).
  3. The 10th anniversary from the foundation of the Círculo Cultural Hispano-Maltés (12/03/94).
  4. The 400th anniversary from the election of Fra. Martin Garzes as the 53rd Grandmaster of the Order of St. John in Malta (06/05/95)
  5. The 350th anniversary from the arrival of the painting of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (30/11/96). First ever wording in the Spanish Language in a postal cancellation issued by the Maltese Postal Authorities.
  6. The 300th anniversary from the election of Fra. Ramon Perellos as the 63rd Grandmaster of the Order of St. John in Malta (07/02/97).
  7. The 150th anniversary from the death of Don Juan Bautista Azopardo (23/10/98).
  8. Ten years from the foundation of the Maltese-Spanish Philatelic and Numismatic Club. (10/04/99).
  9. The 500th anniversary from the birth of Charles the fifth, Emperor of Spain (12/10/00)
  10. Beatification of Don Vicente Sicluna Hernandez (12/03/01).
  11. 20th Anniversary from the foundation of the Circulo Cultural Hispano-Maltes (11/03/05).
  12. First flight Gozo-Malta-Gozo by Helicopteros del Sureste (21/03/05).
  13. Exhibition ” Carolus Vs Rex Imperator ” at the National Library Valletta ( 27/05/06)