October 18, 2015

1969 MONACO - Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race held each year. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world and, alongside  the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport. The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of  Monaco, with many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, which makes it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One.

About the stamps

The first stamp was issued in 2009 and depicts the coat of arms of Monaco, which are actually the Royal Arms of the Prince of Monaco. It consist of a blazoned shield, fusily argent and gules (i.e., a red and white diamond pattern), supported by two Catholic Christian Friars Minor hairy, bearded and wearing shoes, each of them holding a raised sword, standing on a scroll charged with the motto "Deo Juvante" (With God's Help). The monks allude to the conquest of Monaco in 1297, when François Grimaldi entered the city with soldiers dressed as monks, with swords hidden under their cassocks. The collar surrounding the shield represents the Order of St. Charles.

The last stamp belong to the definitive series Marianne de la jeunesse, about which I wrote here.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps II-44 run by Violet Sky from See It On A Postcard. The theme of this week is: Maps or flags. Click here to visit Violet’s blog and all the other participants.

Monaco Grand Prix - Wikipedia

Sent from Monaco, on 16.02.2015


  1. I haven't seen any stamps from Monaco before - this is a treat!
    And I also like F1 racing, so the card is a treat to see as well.
    Thank you.

  2. I enjoyed my one and only trip to Monaco. Unfortunately the F1 Grand Prix was not on at the time. I have a few stamps from there including one from 1967 showing a Bugatti.