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02 January 2020

HRH Felipe VI Definitives

Spain: HRH King Felipe VI Definitives, 2 January 2020. Image from Correos Filatelia.

Issue date: 02/01/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
Size of stamp: 24,5 x 35 mm
Sheet effects: 50
Postal value of the stamps: Tarifas posibles: A – B + Consultar tarifas vigentes
Print run: Ilimitada

BASIC SERIES. HRH King Felipe VI

Correos issues its Basic Series again this year, with two stamps priced for standardised national and international postage, Rate A and B respectively, and offset-printed.

As is mandatory, the stamp shows the likeness of His Majesty King Felipe VI on a background of miniatures of the Spanish Crown, in line with previous years. On the lower right of the image we see the letter “ñ”, the logo of the Spain Brand.

The Basic Series is a type of philatelic series found among almost all the world’s postal operators. It is mainly characterised by very large or unlimited print runs, issued continuously over long periods. Its design is repeated year after year, with only the face value and the colour of the motif changing.

It is issued to meet all the possible postage needs of current postal rates. In monarchies, the stamps usually depict the king or queen, while in republics they show allegorical motifs or other symbols of the state, such as a coat of arms or flag.

The portrait of King Felipe VI appeared for the first time in the Basic Series on 19 January 2015, one year after Parliament proclaimed him King of Spain.

The king of Spain, as defined in Chapter II of our Constitution, is the head of state and a symbol of the country’s unity and permanence. He acts as an arbitrator and moderator of institutions and represents Spain in international relations, with an especially important role with former colonies.



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02 January 2020

Tourism — Sightseeing Routes on Two or Four Wheels

Spain: Tourism – Sightseeing Routes on Two or Four Wheels, 2 January 2020. Image from Correos Filatelia.

Issue date: 02/01/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm
Sheet effects: 50
Postal value of the stamps: 1,45 € y 1,55 €
Print run: Ilimitada

Turismo. Rutas turísticas sobre dos y cuatro ruedas

Freedom, adventure, nature and the open road are the magic ingredients for road touring enthusiasts, whether riding a motorbike or towing a caravan. Thanks to its climate, culture and cuisine, Spain is a favourite destination for this type of tourism, and its hills and valleys are an added attraction for bikers. The mountainous landscape means they can enjoy quiet secondary roads with winding routes through spectacular scenery.

Motorcycle touring enthusiasts can be divided into three categories, depending on their age and the type of bike. The oldest often favour classic motorbikes, and enjoy road riding at a leisurely pace. Fans of touring motorbikes prefer long days on the road, with well-planned trips at higher speeds. Finally, the adventurous spirit and love of nature typical of off-road or dirt bike riders leads them to explore out-of-the-way spots thanks to the agility of this type of motorcycle.

Road touring on four wheels involves the same love of adventure and nature, but in a more tranquil form. These tourers are often couples or families with children who look for places where they can enjoy nature in peace and quiet. They can also be divided into groups by their vehicle types. First, people who tow caravans prefer to stop at campsites.

Campervans are the largest group, ranging from simpler vans fitted out for sleeping in to the spacious, fully equipped and much more comfortable motorhomes. Halfway between these two extremes are the popular overcab campers, called capuchinas in Spain, illustrated on this stamp, whose users enjoy both official campsites and informal stopping places.

Both stamps use the shape of traditional tourist stickers to show a motorbike and a campervan, each with a background of monuments representing different Spanish provinces.



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02 January 2020

12 Months, 12 Stamps — A Coruña

Spain: 12 Months 12 Stamps – A Coruna, 2 January 2020. Image from Correos.

Issue date: 02/01/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm
Sheet effects: 50
Postal value of the stamps: Tarifa A + Consultar tarifas vigentes
Print run: Ilimitada

12 MONTHS, 12 STAMPS. A Coruña

The 12 Months, 12 Stamps philatelic series kicks off 2020 in the province of A Coruña. Printed in offset, the face value of the stamps in the series is enough to post a standard letter to any province in Spain.

The design of this series features a mosaic of images of elements that symbolise the province, which combine to represent its initials.

The letter A features the Torre de Hércules tower and the battlements of Vimianzo castle. The Torre de Hércules is one of the most unique and symbolic landmarks in the capital of A Coruña. Built by the Romans in the first and second centuries, it is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009.

Also known as the Torres de Martelo towers, Vimianzo castle is a fortress built at the end of the twelfth century by the Mariño de Lobeira family. It has been listed as a Cultural Asset and currently houses a permanent display of arts and crafts.

The letter C features wood symbolising the staffs used by pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, the spandrel-shaped symbol of which decorates the tile shown next to the letter.

The lower half of the letter is formed by the rose window of the church of San Martiño de Noia. Consecrated in 1434 and built in the Ogival style, the church has a single nave with a pentagonal apse and a portico displaying the coats of arms of the kingdom of Castille and León and archbishop Santiago Lope de Mendoza, who sponsored the church.

The image forming the backdrop to the letters represents the dense foliage of the Fragas do Eume natural park, with the bridge over the river Sesín. The park has been declared a Site of Regional Importance, with its oceanic forests being considered one of the finest examples of a thermophile Atlantic forest in Europe.

The strip along the bottom is the colour of the provincial flag of A Coruña.

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Christmas 2019
05 November 2019

Spain: Christmas 2019, 5 November 2019. Images from Correos.

Issue date: 05/11/2019
Printing Process: A: Offset; B: Offset + Cold foil + RA
Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente (PP: estucado, engomado, fosforescente)
Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm
Sheet effects: 50 (PP: 12 sellos)
Postal value of the stamps: Belén A y Feliz Navidad B
Print run: Ilimitada ambos + 5.000 PP

CHRISTMAS. BUILDING THE NATIVITY SCENE. MERRY CHRISTMAS

Many people eagerly await the new Christmas stamp issues launched by Correos at this time of the year. It is the start of the period for Christmas greetings, of remembering distant loved-ones, or our nearest and dearest close by worthy of being remembered, or the long awaited letter to the Three Wise Men or Father Christmas.

Each year, the Christmas stamps decorate these greetings as they adorn the houses or shop windows of towns and cities.

This year, the religious Christmas stamp, starring the Nativity Scene, specifically by this time much awaited in many Spanish homes, where the family gathers to put together the Manger Scene.

From a Nativity Scene with the leading figures of the one known as “Mystery”, to nativity scenes with more than a thousand figures and biblical scenes, this tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, more specifically to the 13th century. The origin of this representation, as we know it today, is owed to Saint Francis of Assisi; many sources that agree that it was the saint who started the tradition in Christmas 1223.

This stamp is also featured on a Premium Sheet dedicated to Star of Bethlehem, the protagonist of many of these crib scenes. A composition of these stamps form the star that according to tradition, served as a guide to the Three Wise Men from the East to reach the Infant Jesus.

Experts have tried for years to find an explanation to this celestial phenomenon. Some said that it was Halley’s comet; others that it was a supernova, and the latest theories speak of the conjunction of the star Regulus and the planet Jupiter. Whatever the case, it is clear that in most Spanish homes, this star is the crowning glory of the Nativity Scene.

The other stamp dedicated to Christmas issued by Correos this year, features several iconic Christmas images, such as the turkey, decorative tree objects such as baubles and bells, presents, and the Christmas tree itself. In addition, accompanying these elements we can read Merry Christmas in the different official languages of our country.

These stamps and other philatelic products can be ordered from Correos or WOPA+ Stamps and Coins.