In May 1988, the Council of Ministers of the then European Economic Community (EEC) designated Madrid as the European Capital of Culture, 1992. A large number of cultural and artistic events were developed for and during that year, emphasizing to the world the cultural character of the city.
Correos y Telégrafos decided to issue a new commemorative Klüssendorf issue for this important event, the last to be dedicated to the big international events of 1992 in Spain.
(See the Resolution 489 of the Dirección general del Organismo Autónomo Correos y Telégrafos).
The Madrid Philatelic Service also sold this design, issued by the Klüssendorf Stampcenter 847 stamp printers.
In 1993 and for some years after, it was possible to obtain it from some Klüssendorf vending machines installed in various provincial capitals, and later, from the IBM postal kiosks.
Depending on the machine used and the configuration of the StampCenter 847, the face value of the ATMs was printed with 3 or 4 digits. In all cases the impression was mechanical, with black ink, although there exists some rare ATMs of this design with 4 digits and the face value in lilac-violet, issued by the IBM postal kiosk installed in the Bilbao main post office in 1997.
Some ATMs have, on the back, a 4-digit preprinted control number, on every 5th stamp, which indicated the number of blank labels remaining on the roll within the machine.
(For more information about the Klüssendorf type ATMs, errors and special printings, see study).
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This page was created in 1999 and last updated: 20.05.08 . English edition rewritten by S. Goodman (19.05.08)