XIII – The definitive stamp issues
XIII, born after his father's death on May 17, 1886, three days
later was declared king of Spain under the regency of his mother,
Queen María Cristina. He attained his majority in 1902 and
reigned Spain until April 14, 1931. During this long time, five
series of definitive stamps with his portrait were issued: Pelón
(bald head) 1889-1900; Cadete
(Cadet) 1901-1909; Medallón
1922-1930 and Vaquer
1930/31. The last issue also exists overprinted "República
1931/32. The Pelón issue was valid until August 31, 1901. All
other series ceased to be valid on January 11, 1935. This site is
dedicated to this interesting period of modern Spanish postal
So far no monographs have been published on
these series. There are some articles from the 1920s and 1930s,
Mr. Brian Burch's essay on the control numbers and Sr. Martínez
Pinna's chapters in his work on the Spanish stamps from
1901-1931. Also, some specialized studies on single values of the
first three issues were published by Benito Abalos since 2004. I
hope this site will be able to demonstrate how fascinating these
stamps and their usage are. Enjoy!
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the highest known control numbers
of the different issues.
the total quantities
with each serie.
of the 4/4 céntimos stamps of 1872, 1873 and 1876-1920
My site on the Alfonso
XIII Official postal stationery cards
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