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Sunday, 21 June 2020 07:14

New Stamps from Spain

The Treasury Orphans School is a non-profit organisation whose essential purpose is to protect its members’ children in the event of decease or permanent disability.

Issue Date:29.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:40,9 x 28,8 mm

Minerals : Jet

The famous Asturian jet is an organic gemstone, highly valued for its excellent cutting qualities, and attaining a typical shine and intense black colour after polishing. Specialist studies determine that the woody material , which becomes a humic carbon, peri hydrogenated during the Kimmeridgian age (Late Jurassic) around 155 million years ago, underwent particular circumstances while it formed, such as impregnation with hydrocarbons, which gives it some of its unique features and exceptional stability for use in jewellery making.

Issue Date:29.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:35 x 24.5 mm

12 Months, 12 Stamps : Ciudad Real

Nature, gastronomy, art and literature are just some of the treasures in Ciudad Real province and which form the design for the stamp for May in the “12 months, 12 stamps” series.Nature is represented by the Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park, the last example of the tablas fluviales ecosystem, which is currently one of the most prominent wetlands in Europe.

Modeling the province’s initials, gastronomy is depicted in the form of Manchego cheese and a wine glass, representing the various denominations of origin in the province, such as DO La Mancha, Valdepeñas, Pago Casa del Blanco, Dehesa del Carrizal and Pago Florentino.

The typical sacred and secular architecture of the region is represented by the dome atop the tower of Santa María del Prado de Ciudad Real cathedral and a windmill in Campo de Criptana.

Ciudad Real cathedral, built on a 13th century chapel of which the Puerta del Perdón (Forgiveness Door) and a rose window are all that is left, has held the title of priory for the military orders of Calatrava, Montesa, Alcántara and Santiago since 1875 , granted by the papal bull from Pius IX.

The windmills adorning the landscape in Campo de Criptana are one of the icons of Castile-La Mancha in Spain, and even for Spain in the world, because of the brilliant work by Miguel de Cervantes locating Don Quixote’s famous tilting at the giants there.

Next to the second initial, Don Quixote de la Mancha’s famous helmet appears – the barber’s basin where the ingenious knight believed he saw the enchanted Mambrino Helmet and that Cervantes himself, in the voice of Sancho Panza, called the baciyelmo.

The province’s literary facet moves on from Cervantes’ work and acquires scenic touches in the town of Almagro, represented by one of the glassed-in galleries in its main square. Its 17th century open air theater is the oldest in Europe and is still in use four hundred years after it opened.

The stripe at the bottom embodies the color of the provincial flag.

Issue Date:29.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:35 x 24.5 mm

Source: philamirror.info

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Saturday, 06 June 2020 05:53

New Stamps Released from Spain

Once again, Correos is issuing the annual charity stamp, contributing to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Protection of Nature project with an amount equivalent to 3% of the total amount from the stamps sold.WWF is the main organisation on this stamp and Premium Sheet, and has been working for 50 years to protect nature.

Issue Date:14.05.2020 Process:Offset Size:40,9 x 28,8 mm (horizontal) + 20,45 x 28,8 mm (vignette)

Protest Stamps: Fight Against Climate Change

On 26 March 2020, the same day as World Climate Day, Correos will issue and put into circulation a stamp which includes the winning design from the competition that took place a few days before the Climate Change Conference held in Madrid on 3-10 December 2019. The competition took place via Correos’ Instagram profile which sought designs to raise awareness about the Fight Against Climate Change, whose illustrations came with messages of awareness, and as a voice of protest, from a generation who is fighting against, committed to and concerned by global warming and climate change.

Issue Date:30.03.2020 Process:Offset Size:24,5 x 35 mm

12 Months, 12 Stamps : Castellon

The province of Castelló/Castellón is the feature of March in the series “12 months, 12 stamps”, with some of its most characteristic elements distributed among the two initials that distinguish the motif of this series. They stand out against the panoramic background of the former papal seat of Peñíscola.

Issue Date:14.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:35 x 24.5 mm

Source: philamirror.info

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 05:49

12 Months, 12 Stamps. Ourense

April showers bring May flowers” is perhaps the most appropriate proverb for this instalment of the 12 months, 12 stamps, 12 provinces series dedicated to Ourense, a province shaped by water: its rivers and streams, the rain, the fountains in the Old Town and especially its medicinal mineral waters.

 To illustrate this stamp, based on the letters OU and the colour blue, the colour of the province, in the lower portion of the stamp, several elements have been included to build up a picture of Ourense province.

 A fragment of the window of the tower of Ourense Cathedral Basilica, also known as San Martiño Cathedral, a monumental feature of the city which the historical centre is built around.

 A must at any celebration is Galician octopus. Despite being an inland province, Ourense is known for its pulpeiras, local women that cook octopus, which is a practice that dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time, the Cistercian order of Oseira, 20 kilometres from the city, held territory that extended to the Ría de Marín. In order to work this land, the peasants from the cast had to pay tribute to the monastery (whose bell tower is depicted on the stamp), which they paid in the form of octopus. Thus began the tradition of importing it, and a technique was developed to dry it while preserving its flavour and properties at a time when transport was slow, creating the traditional recipe for “polbo à feira” or fair-style octopus which was cooked at pilgrimages and markets in the interior of the province.

 The hot springs at As Burgas are one of the most emblematic and popular places in the city, and are strongly linked to its origins. This is the source of the Aquis Aurienses (“golden waters”), a Roman site built around these medicinal mineral springs which continue to flow at a temperature of more than 60° in the heart of the Historic Centre.

A still for distilling orujo, a brandy made by distilling grape pomace, the solid remains of grapes left over after grapes are pressed into wine, and which belongs to the same group as French marcs, Italian grappas, Portuguese bagaçeiras and Greek tsipouros.

The impressive Sil and Miño Canyons, with imposing landscapes (500-metre-deep canyons and diminutive vineyards clinging to sheer cliffs, requiring a monumental effort to look after) and breathtaking monasteries. The climate allows typically Mediterranean species to find refuge here such as cork oaks and strawberry trees which blend in alongside indigenous oak and chestnut woodland. Birds of prey like the golden eagle and peregrine falcon can also be found among the most difficult-to-access rocks.

In A Trabe in Ourense province, there are many chestnut woods (“soutos” in Galician). Until the arrival of New World crops, chestnuts were a vital staple in rural Galician cooking, especially in mountainous areas. Centuries later, they are now becoming more and more valued as an indigenous gastronomic product.

Source: correos.es

Published in News
Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

Spain's Dos Reales

The Dos Reales of 1851 – whose error of colour is well known as Spain’s most rare stamp – has had a strange existence. Although the value was needed right from the start of issuing stamps for Spain it wasn’t considered necessary. In 1850 the Spanish government preferred to print first the cheapest values (6 cuartos and 12 cuartos) and higher values to entertain regular correspondence with Belgium and France. Almost every stamp depicted the head of Queen Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 for 35 years.

It is Spain’s scarcest stamp, especially on cover or as single in good quality. In 1996 a perfect mint single was sold for $23,200 US and a good used copy is anything between $12,000 to 15,000 US. In 19th century Spain dos (two) reales – the cheapest registered letter rate, for Portugal – was normally paid in cash until the decision was made to introduce the Dos Reales from January 1, 1851.

First usage
The Dos Reales stamps of 1851, 1852 and 1853 had no use for foreign certified mail except for Portugal. Spain simply didn’t have much to do with Portugal if it wasn’t official mail. Only covers of approximately seven grammes qualified for the Dos Reales rate. Most covers were over this weight and contained heavy legal or commercial documents. Thus surviving covers of that time are franked with larger postal values.

The postal authorities were very optimistic when they ordered 13,600 Dos Reales to be printed in 1851 – 80 sheets of 170 copies each. They only sold 3,394 copies and had to burn the rest. It became law to send inland registered letters with Dos Reales in 1854. The 12 reales of 1851, Cerdena (rate eight reales) in 1852, Prussia and Austria (rate four reales) in 1852, or Belgium (rate eight reales) in 1853 increased the use of the Dos Reales.

All stamps were typographically printed from 1851 onwards abandoning the previous lithographic system. The Dos Reales were printed in sheets of 170 pieces and the complete issue was just valid for the 12 months of 1851 – January 1 to December 31. They used always the same paper although there are two notable different shades – the orange red and the dark orange or vermilion (which is much more rare and more expensive).

Existing copies
It’s difficult to know exactly how many of the 3,394 Dos Reales sold still exist. The expert D. Francesco Graus claims he knows 56 unused copies and 68 used ones – a total of 124. There are about 150 copies of which 40% are unused and 60% used.

The error of colour is due to the fact that one ‘die stone’ of the Dos Reales was placed by mistake into the printing plate of the six reales blue of 1851. It is without doubt the rarest stamp of Spanish philately and nobody knows of more than three copies. They were discovered in 1868, in 1886 and the last one in 1899.

The first copy is a used one with large margins cancelled with a black spider postmark. This copy was discovered in England and was in important collections such as Westoby, Ferrari, Hind, Dupont and Perpia amongst other.

The second copy appeared in 1886 and is apparently the only unused copy. It was sold to T.K.Tapling and lodges still in the Tapling collection in the British Library. Its margins are not as generous as the first copy but nevertheless a fine copy.

The third, and last discovered, is the best of the three and is part of the vertical pair together with the Seis Reales blue. So the famous two BLUE of which the upper stamp is the error of colour with the face value ‘DOS REALES’. The pair has good large margins and has a neat black spider postmark leaving the face of Queen Isabella entirely free. This pair was discovered by D. Antonio Vives in 1899 and was soon in the collection of Ferrari who had already the first one. The French Government, through an auction house in Paris, sold the two errors of colour (one and three) to another famous collector – US millionaire Arthur Hind.

Since the initial discovery of Mr. Vives, this famous pair had known several owners before the well known stamp dealer D. Manuel Galvez bought the pair in 1954 and ever since his death this piece has been with his heirs.

Source: My Stamp World

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