Postugal

Portugal on stamps

This issue celebrates some of the Portuguese navigators that played an important role in the Age of Discovery. The stamps indicate the dates of their main contributions.

Gil Eanes was the first to sail past Cape Bojador in 1434, opening the possibility for further explorations of the African west coast by sea. João Gonçalves Zarco led the discovery of the Madeira islands, and later their settlement in 1425. Bartolomeu Dias was the first European to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, in 1488. Vasco da Gama led the first European maritime expedition to reach India, in 1498. Pedro Álvares Cabral was the European discoverer of Brazil in 1500. Fernão de Magalhães led the first circumnavigation expedition, which set sail in 1519. Gonçalo Velho was believed to have discovered several Azorean islands in 1431-33, but this is nowadays disputed. Certain is he led their settlement and was their first governor. Diogo Cão explored the West African coast and was the first European to sight and enter the Congo River in 1482.

The set was designed by Jaime Martins Barata and engraved by Maxime Ferré ($50 and 2$00 stamps), Robert Godbehear (1$75 and 3$50 stamps) and E.T. Dawson (remaining values).  The stamps were printed in recess by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Ltd., in London, on wove paper sheets of 10×10 stamps with perforation 13½, and circulated from 29 July 1945 to 8 August 1950. Moreover, 50 thousand miniature sheets were printed, each featuring a set of taller and narrower stamps.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
0.10 4,000,000 644 969 673 642 655
0.30 1,500,000 645 970 674 643 656
0.35 1,000,000 646 971 675 644 657
0.50 10,000,000 647 972 676 645 658
1.00 1,500,000 648 973 677 646 659
1.75 1,500,000 649 974 678 647 660
2.00 1,000,000 650 975 679 648 661
3.50 1,000,000 651 976 680 649 662

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