Angra - Travel/Philately/Numismatics/Memorabilia Profile

Angra was an administrative district of the Azores that consisted of the islands of Terceira, Sao Jorge and Graciosa. Currently, it is a municipality and city within the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores with a total area of 92.3 square miles and a population of over 35,000. Angra is the historical capital of the Azores and the city dates back to 1450 – the oldest city in the archipelago. It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site as of 1983. Officially called Angra do Heroismo, the word ‘Heroismo’ (heroism) was added by Queen Maria II of Portugal around 1833 in recognition of the bravery of the people of Angra in their struggle that helped form a liberal constitutional monarchy in Portugal.

Philatelic Profile:

Angra used Portuguese stamps overprinted ‘Azores’ during the period from around 1868 to 1892. The first stamps of Angra per se were a set of fourteen stamps depicting King Carlos in different colors and denominations issued during the period from 1892 to 1893. The set (Scott #1 to #13) catalogs for around $280 Mint and around $180 Used. The Angra and denomination inscriptions are part of the original design in this set. Perf varieties exist for most of the denominations and the higher denomination varieties are rare and sought after cataloging upwards of $70. Angra also issued another long set of twenty two stamps during the period from 1897 to 1905. That set (Scott #14 to #35) catalog for around $110 MNH and around $85 Used. The set had a very similar King Carlos portrait design but were different in that they were key-types with both the denomination and ‘Angra’ overprinted on the base design. A perf variety also exists for the highest denomination on this set as well and that catalogs in the $30 range for Mint. The 5r orange (Scott #15) is unique in that there are examples of those used on newspapers and circulars with the diagonal half used as 2.5 Reis. Those used on newspaper or circular catalog in the $30 range. Angra went back to using Azores stamps during the period from 1906 to 1931. Portuguese stamps replaced stamps of Azores from 1931 onwards.


Collectible Memorabilia:

Historically relevant postcards area a good collectible theme of the area.



Last Updated: 12/2015.

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