Postugal

Portugal on stamps

The world’s first omnibus issue commemorates the arrival of Vasco da Gama’s fleet in Calicut on 20 May 1498, thus discovering a sea route from Europe to India for trading spices.

The 8 stamp designs (chosen from 45 submitted by 15 artists) depict:

In total, 28,900,000 stamps were issued and sold for a limited time. The sale was meant to contribute towards a statue in honour of Vasco da Gama.

The stamps were designed by Roque Gameiro (2.50 réis), Manuel Pedro de Faria Luna (5 réis), Silvestre Correia Belém (10 réis), José Júlio Gonçalves Coelho (50 réis), João Ribeiro Cristino da Silva (100 réis), and João Vaz (remaining values), printed in recess by Waterlow & Sons on wove paper sheets of 10×10 stamps with varying line perforation 13½–16, and circulated from 1 April to 30 June 1898.

Value Stamps sold Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
2.50 4,166,199 148 378 138 147 146
5.00 2,011,692 149 379 139 148 147
10.00 632,032 150 380 140 149 148
25.00 4,258,145 151 381 141 150  149
50.00 344,414 152 382 142 151 150
75.00 111,214 153 383 143 152 151
100.00 225,862 154 384 144 153 152
150.00 71,413 155 385 145 154 153

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