Albanian Manuscripts

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     The set of four stamps issued in 1998 by Albania features two codices, Codex Purpureus Beratinus and Codex Aureus Anthimi.
     Codex Purpureus Beratinus: First half of the 6th century, includes Matthew and Mark in 190 folios. This manuscript is shown on the 30 Leke stamp. This page is also shown as the label on Albania 2552.
     Codex Aureus Anthim: Ninth century, named for the bishop of the metropolitan church of Berat, Anthimis Alexoudes, contains all four gospels in 420 folios. This manuscript is shown on the other two stamps. It is one of the four oldest codices in the world.
     The image on the label is not specifically identified
     After a long period during which the manuscripts were thought to have been lost, both codices were found and turned over the the National Archives in 1971.

SCN 2575