Portugal on stamps

This issue depicts three types of 15th century Portuguese vessels: barges, balingers and caravels. Gil Eanes used a one-mast barge to sail past Cape Bojador in 1434, which began the Portuguese exploration of the African west coast. Caravels, developed under Prince Henry the Navigator, were smaller, faster and more agile, in part due to the triangular lateen sails, the additional masts, the shallow keel, and the smaller size. Caravels could sail against the wind and upriver, becoming the ideal ship for exploring oceans and coasts during the Age of Discoveries.

The set was designed by Carlos Alberto Santos, lithographed by the Mint on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps with perforation 12×12½ and two phosphor bands, and circulated from 21 September 1990 to 31 August 1995.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
32.00 1,000,000 1964 2202 1834A 1815 1809
60.00 600,000 1965 2203 1835A 1816 1810
70.00 600,000 1966 2204 1836A 1817 1811
95.00 600,000 1967 2205 1837A 1818 1812

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