YEAR PRINTED: 1959
VALUE: 50 leptas
This stamp, issued by the Greek government in 1959, celebrates a mask used in the ancient drama of the Greek city-states. This specific mask is made of terra cotta and dates to the 1st or 2nd century BCE. It probably represents a male god or hero. Masks of this type intended for actual use would probably have been made of leather; this one was probably a votive offering.