Stamp Stories from around the world

Portugal’s postal history is a fascinating journey that dates back to the 16th century. The country’s first postal system was established in 1520, under the reign of King Manuel I. However, it wasn’t until the 18th century that a more organized postal network was developed.
The first postage stamps were issued in 1853. Four different stamps were issued, all of which show a portrait of Queen Maria II (1819-1853). Today’s stamp has a face value of 50 Reis. CV for an unstamped mark is €4,400.