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Portugal on stamps

This is the first of five issues tracing the history of ceramic tiles in Portugal, where they have been widely used since the late 15th century for the decoration of interior and exterior walls and floors of public buildings and private homes. Until the mid-16th century, tiles were mainly imported from Spain, but as foreign artisans settled, local production started to soar. All tiles in this issue are from the collection of the National Tile Museum, in Lisbon, and showcase different manufacturing techniques and design patterns. Early techniques and designs were taken from the Moors, who introduced tiles in the Iberian Peninsula.

The stamps were designed by the Post Office Philatelic Services and lithographed by the Mint on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps, with a phosphor band and perforation 12×11¾. The stamps were issued on 16 March, 13 June, 28 August and 16 December 1981, and circulated until 31 August 1989.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
Setúbal 5,000,000 1516 1830 1528 1494 1506
Coimbra 5,000,000 1525 1843 1535 1495 1514
V. Viçosa 5,000,000 1532 1847 1539 1496 1517
Lisbon 5,000,000 1549 1862 1548 1497 1529

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