The Portugal stamps of the later part of the reign of King Luis I included new design types and a rather complex array of varieties. During this period, many different production methodologies were employed, involving different types of papers and various perforation gauges.
Only images of the major denomination types, as listed in the Scott catalog, are shown on this page. Each of these groups will contain catalog detail tables, separated by paper types. The tables themselves will contain all the perforation gauge types that were produced on that particular paper.
Reprints exist of most of these Portugal stamps, so care should be taken when purchasing mint condition examples. Collecting used condition examples is fairly safe!Of course, for the specialist, having some reference examples of the reprints might be a good idea, as they can be used to compare with the original stamps.
The eighteen definitive Portugal stamps shown above were issued between 1870 and 1884. These new designs all have the embossed profile of King Luis I.
The Scott catalog details, for stamps on normal paper, are as follows:
0005 R. (1870 - Perf. 12 1/2 - Sc. #34) - Black.
0010 R. (1871 - Perf. 12 1/2 - Sc. #35) - Yellow.
0010 R. (1879 - Perf. 12 1/2 - Sc. #36) - Blue Green.
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The twenty-three-year-old Luis Filipe Maria Fernando Pedro de Alcantara Antonio Miguel Rafael
Gabriel Gonzaga Xavier Francisco de Assis Joao Augusto Julio Valfando(Lived: 1838-1889, Reigned: 1861-1889) ascended to the Portuguese throne, upon the death of his brother, as King Luis I.
I was a cultured individual, but he had no skills in political
leadership. His domestic reign was rather ineffective, as Portugal
began to lag behind the other kingdoms of Europe in education, political
stability, technology, and economic progress.
I was mostly a man of science, with a passion for oceanography. He
funded research expeditions to gather specimens from the oceans of the
World, and he was responsible for the establishment of one of the
World's first aquariums.
King Luis I died suddenly on October 19, 1889, at the age of fifty, and was succeeded by his son.