EUROPA 2022 - Stories and Myths (4/2022)


The scene of the murder of Orpheus by the Maenads was chosen by the Hellenic Post to be presented in this year's EUROPA 2022 Issue under the theme "Stories and Myths". Orpheus was one of the most important figures in Greek mythology. He was a Thracian bard, legendary musician, poet and prophet. He travelled with Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece, and even descended into the Underworld of Hades to recover his lost wife Eurydice. Towards the end of his life, he disdained the worship of all gods except the sun, whom he called Apollo. One early morning he went to the oracle of Dionysus at Mount Pangaion to salute his god, but was ripped to shreds by Thracian Maenads for not honouring his previous patron (Dionysus). 


2,00 €

Maenad 50.000
4,50 € Orpheus and Maenad 50.000

The two stamps will be printed joined together in sheets of 16 (8 complete sets per sheet).

Issue Date: 26 May 2022
Withdrawal Date:: 25 May 2024
Design Adaptation: Myrsini Vardopoulou
Stamp Format:

35 Χ 45 mm

Sheet layout: Sheet of 16
Printing process: Multicolored (οffset ) 
Printer: “VERIDOS ΜΑΤΣΟΥΚΗΣ S.A. Security Printing”

Single Set of Stamps “EUROPA 2022 – Stories and Myths”

Item code: 5205344165704

6,50 €

First Day Cover “EUROPA 2022 – Stories and Myths”

3.500 pieces

Item code: 5205344165360
9,00 €

Numbered Set Pack “EUROPA 2022 – Stories and Myths” 

500 pieces

Item code: 5205344165773
35,00 €

Booklet “EUROPA 2022 – Stories and Myths”

6.000 pieces

Item code: 5205344165759
13,00 €

The stamps, the booklet and the F.D.C. will be available from the date of their release until May 25th, 2024. The Numbered Set Pack will be available until sold out.

Collectors can have their philatelic items franked with the special commemorative first day of issue postmark by sending their postal items to the Philatelic Service (100 Aiolou St, second floor, 101 88 Athens), provided stamps from the set with a minimum value of 0,90 € are affixed to them. Please mark the envelope “PHILATELIC ITEMS”.