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Portugal on stamps

This is the second of several issues by the Portuguese Post featuring Prince Henry the Navigator (1394–1460), the major architect of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries.

The stamps were designed and engraved by Arnaldo Fragoso, typographed by the Mint on wove and chalk-surfaced paper sheets of 10×10 stamps with perforation 11½, and circulated from 5 June 1935 (15 centavos) and November 1935 (10 centavos) to 30 September 1945.

The Stanley Gibbons catalogue notes that the first printing of the 10 centavos stamp and part of the first printing of the 15 centavos stamp are missing the accent on ‘Portuguêsa’ (which was the correct spelling at the time, nowadays the word is written without accents).

I also have the following part of a full sheet, but I don’t know what the inscription on the selvage means.

Value Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
0.10 24,241,400 568 885 584y 564 579
0.15 84,000,000 569 886 585y 565 580

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