Portugal on stamps

Portugal’s national day, officially called ‘Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities’ as inscribed on the stamp below, is celebrated on June 10th, the death anniversary of Portugal’s greatest poet, Luís Vaz de Camões (1524–1580), mainly because of his patriotic epic poem “The Lusiads”, which praises the Portuguese Age of Discoveries.

Initially, Camões Day was Lisbon’s municipal holiday during the First Republic (1910–1926). It became a national holiday, also known as the Day of the Race, during the fascist regime of the Second Republic (1926–1974). The current official name and scope, which includes the worldwide Portuguese communities, was set after the Carnation Revolution.

The stamp was designed by the Post Office Art Department using a photo of Orlando Batista, lithographed by the Mint on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps with perforation 12×12½ and a phosphor band, and circulated from 8 June 1979 to 31 December 1983.

Value Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
6.50 5,000,000 1429 1759 1447 1429 1427

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