Pre Philately and Spanish classical stamps

Pre Philately and Spanish classical stamps

When we talk about pre-philately, we refer to the set of stamps and marks that the postal service employed until there is the postage stamp that we currently know.  In the middle of the 18th century were found in the charts, prints in red or black, with names of cities or regions that are the source of the Spanish postal birth. The most famous of all these stampless brands is the crowned M in Madrid, which is still used today in all philatelic documents from the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre.


On January 1, 1850, the traditional mode of postage and certificate of letters is abolished on the basis of a Royal Decree signed by Queen Isabel II and establishes a new method and prices for postage and certification of correspondence: stamps. They are designated for postage: one of six quarters and another twelve and two others for the certificate: one of five real and another ten.

The five hallmarks of the first Spanish emission share the reason for his engraving with the first two stamps that existed in the world: the Black Penny and the Twopence, carried out on the basis of the reproduction of the effigy of the Queen. Don Bartolomé Corominas, was the author of the engravings and was inspired by the image of a medal of Isabel II's profile. This engraving was made in sweet size and printed by lithography.


The paper used in this issue was white, although there is a variety of more ochre tone. Printing ranged from gray black and intense black.

Characteristics of the first stamp issued in Spain by the spanish postal service 


  6-quart                               Model for the design of the stamps of 1850

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