Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My #1 from Brasil!

Nothing much for today, just to share with you guys this #1 from Brasil that I got from the eBay. Known as the "Bull's Eyes", or "Olhos de Boi" in Portuguese, it was issued on 1st August 1843.

One reason for the scarcity of these stamps is that on 30th March 1846, the remainder of the Bulleyes (466,711 copies) were burned in the courtyard of the Brazilian Mint.

Another reason is that they were frequently placed on the flap to seal the envelope and therefore were destroyed upon opening of the letter. As a result, only a small fraction of the 856,617 issued are available to philatelists and collectors.

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