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PORTUGUESE COLONIES, Vasco da Gama issue

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Vasco da Gama discovered the way to India by sea in 1898. On 20 Mai 1898 he reached Calicut in India. To commemorate this, many stamps were issued in Portugal and various Portuguese colonies.

Many Portuguese colonies issued stamps in the Vasco da Gama design; The following colonies issued stamps with this design Angola (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Azores, Cape Verde (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Inhambane (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Lorenzo Marques (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Macao (different currency), Madeira, Mozambique (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Portuguese Africa, Portuguese Congo (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Portuguese Guinea (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Portuguese India (different currency), Quelimane (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), St Thomas and Prince (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor), Tete (overprints on Portuguese Africa, Macao and Timor) and Timor (currency in 'AVOS').

In Mozambique Company the current arms stamps (with elephants) were overprinted '1498 Centenario da India 1898'.

 

1898 Vasco da Gama issue

150 r brown

  2 1/2 r green
  5 r red
  10 r lilac
  25 r green
  50 r blue
  75 r brown
  100 r brown
  150 r brown

Other countries


(Portuguese India, other currency)


(Timor, currency in 'AVOS')

  


(Macao, other currency 'AVOS')

Overprints:


(Reduced sizes)


(Mozambique company issue: different design)


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