The ties between Monaco and Bardi date back to 1595 when Hercule Ier Grimaldi marries Marie Landi, sister of Frederic Landi, prince of Val di Toro of which Bardi is one of the fortresses. Following the death of his sister and of Hercule Ier, Frédéric Landi becomes regent and personally cares for his three nephews, one of which is Honoré II, who adopts the title of prince of Monaco in 1612. The Bardi castle still maintains an historic and artistic testimony of the days of Honoré II: Grimaldi coat of arms are portrayed on the ceiling of a room. The possessions of the Grimaldi’s in the early XVIIth century are also depicted.
|Design and line-engraving||Yves BEAUJARD|
|Printing process||5 colours steel-engraving|
|Size of the stamp||40 x 31.77 mm horizontal|
|Quantity of issue||45.000 stamps|
|Note||Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations|
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