Postugal

Portugal on stamps

This issue marks the first flight across the South Atlantic, from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, that took place the year before to commemorate the centenary of Brazil’s independence in 1822. The stamps depict the President of Brasil at the time of the flight, Epitácio Pessoa, above Rio’s Pão de Açúcar, the President of Portugal, António José de Almeida, above Lisbon’s Tower of Belém, a caravel below the year of the discovery of Brazil (1500), one of the three Fairley III seaplanes used below the year of the flight (1922), and in the centre navigator Gago Coutinho (left) and pilot Sacadura Cabral (right).

The issue was financed by banker António Carneiro de Vasconcelos and doctor Leandro Menezes Camacho for philatelic speculation. Of the total print run listed below, they received 125 thousand copies of each stamp and the rest was distributed to post offices.

The stamps were lithographed by Waterlow & Sons, London, on wove paper sheets of 10×10 stamps with line perforation 14, and circulated on 30 March and 1 April 1923 and 6 to 8 September 1924.

Value Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
0.01 145,000 260 578 300 257
0.02 173,700 260 578 301 258
0.03 290,000 260 578 302 259
0.04 145,700 260 578 303 260
0.05 140,700 260 578 304 261
0.10 216,500 265 583 305 262
0.15 170,350 266 584 306 263
0.20 150,700 267 585 307 264
0.25 476,200 268 586 308 265
0.30 128,700 269 587 309 266
0.40 136,700 270 588 310 267
0.50 156,450 271 589 311 268
0.75 130,500 272 590 312 269
1.00 131,000 273 591 313 270
1.50 128,700 274 592 314 271
2.00 127,700 275 593 315 272

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