Postugal

Portugal on stamps

The Armed Forces Movement (Movimento das Forças Armadas – MFA) that overthrew the dictatorial government in the Carnation Revolution of April 1974 to end the colonial war and prevent the passing of certain military laws, launched in October 1974 a cultural and political campaign to revitalise the cultural associations across the country and to inform people about the Movement’s programme and engage them in the on-going democratisation process.

The stamp’s artwork, taken from the campaign’s poster, shows a soldier and a farmer with an attire resembling a campino, who have swapped their hats, symbolising the stamp’s legend: MFA, people; people, MFA.

The stamps were designed by João Abel Manta, lithographed by the Mint on glazed paper sheets of 10×10 stamps with perforation 12, and circulated from 21 March 1975 to 31 December 1983.

Value Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
1.50 9,000,000 1242 1561 1272 1244 1252
3.00 2,000,000  1243 1562 1273 1245 1253
4.50 1,000,000  1244 1563 1274 1246 1254

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