Postugal

Portugal on stamps

This is the first issue dedicated to flowering plants that are endemic to the Madeira island, due to its temperate climate and geographical conditions. The richly-leaved Dactylorhiza (Dactylorhiza foliosa) is one of Madeira’s five wild orchid species. The Geranium maderense has big, broad, hairy leaves and large flowers and has become rare in the wild. The Isoplexis sceptrum bush can grow over 3m tall, with dark yellow flowers and large leaves. The Echium candicans bush, commonly known as Pride of Madeira, has greyish foliage and its flowers form dense and long ‘ears’.

The set was designed by Luís Filipe de Abreu, lithographed by the Mint on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps with perforation 12×12½, and circulated from 6 October 1981 to 31 August 1989. All but the 50$00 stamp have a phosphor band.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
7.00 500,000 1537 182 73 77 78
8.50 500,000 1538 183 74 78 79
20.00 500,000 1539 187 75 79 80
50.00 500,000 1540 192 76 80 81

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