The 1911 issue - King Manuel (or Emanuel) II and the Republic

The 2½r overprint
The 2½r overprint
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 The 5r overprint
The 5r overprint
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King Carlos I's reign came to a somewhat abrupt end on 1 February 1908 when he was assassinated in Lisbon. His oldest son, Luis Felipe, died as well, leaving his youngest son Emanuel to take over the throne at the age of 19. His reign was short-lived, however, as revolution broke out in Portugal on 4 October 1910, and he fled to exile in England, ending royal rule in Portugal.

In 1911, therefore, when a new series of definitive stamps was issued, whilst they bore the face of King Manuel II in place of Carlos I, they were overprinted "REPUBLICA" in red to mark the start of the Portuguese First Republic - whilst the stamps were printed in London by Waterlows and Son, it is believed that the overprinting was carried out in Portugal.

The stamps incorporate the two designs from the 1901 issue, the giraffe value and the camels value, but also include two new styles, one featuring a zebra, and the other featuring a caravel. The order of the values was changed so that the lowest three values feature camels, the next three zebras, the next three giraffes and the top three a caravel. The stamps still feature bi-colouring printing, but because some of the values are printed on non-white paper the colour of the border is not always black.

Errors, misprints, inverts, forgeries, etc...

Versions of all values are beleived to exist without overprints (although Michel says only nos. 52 to 60 were issued without), and are valued at maybe £1.00 or £2.00 more than their overprinted counterparts.

Catalogue details

Afinsa nos. 52 to 63.
Scott nos. 51 to 62.
Stanley Gibbons nos. 53 to 64.
Michel nos 52 to 63.
Yvert nos. 52 to 63.

Rough catalogue values are £0.75 per stamp mint, rising to £4.00 for the later values.

The 10r overprint
The 10r overprint
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 The 20r overprint
The 20r overprint
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The 25r overprint
The 25r overprint
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 The 50r overprint
The 50r overprint
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The 75r overprint
The 75r overprint
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The 100r overprint
The 100r overprint
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The 200r overprint
The 200r overprint
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The 300r overprint
The 300r overprint
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The 400r overprint
The 400r overprint
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The 500r overprint
The 500r overprint
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