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In 1953 the first Spanish stamps swithout a portrait of Queen Isabella II were issued. On April 10, 1853, two city postage stamps for Madrid were issued. The stamp features the Coat of Arms of Madrid (a bear and a strawberry tree) and was only valid for local postage within the city of Madrid.They had a face value of 1 and 3 Centimos (Cs). Today’s stamp shows the 1 quartos stamp, which has a catalog value of 550 $ for a cancelled copy.