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Portugal on stamps

This is the first of three issues commemorating the discovery of a sea route from Europe to India by Vasco da Gama and his crew.  The fleet of four ships departed on 8 July 1497 from Lisbon and reached India on 20 May 1498. This issue depicts the trip’s first stage, which included the longest journey made out of sight of land at the time: over 6,000 miles on open ocean.

The stamps were designed by Carlos Possolo and lithographed by Litografia Maia on enamelled paper sheets with 4 sets each. The stamps have perforation 12×12½, and circulated from 12 November 1996 to 30 September 2001.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
47.00 600,000 2382 2536 2160 2138
78.00 600,000 2383 2537 2161 2139
98.00 600,000 2384 2538 2162 2140
140.00 600,000 2385 2539 2163 2141
sheet 100,000 177 MS2540 122

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