The Vatican Spectacular Christmas Stamps

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As the world's tiniest nation, Vatican City has

Vatican City has been issuing its own postage stamps since Aug. 1, 1929 -- mere months after it officially became a politically independent nation.

Many of the earliest stamps bore reminders of papal power and authority -- like an orb or the the keys of St. Peter. But the Vatican has also issued postage that celebrates the birth of Christ. These stamps contain beautiful images of the nativity.

Browse through the Vatican's

though the Papal States have been issuing postal stamps since the middle of the 19th century, according to The Vatican.

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