Angra 1892 (Scott #5) Angra 1897 (Scott #27)
Angra, like the Azores themselves, is controlled by Portugal. The main city of the district, Angra do Heroísmo, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its architectural and cultural heritage.
In this small administrative district, there have been several philatelic changes. Starting in 1868, Portugal stamps overprinted with "AÇORES" ("Azores") were used in Angra. From 1892 through 1905, Portuguese-styled stamps bearing a likeness of King Carlos and labeled "Angra" were available in the area. After this time, and until 1931, the district returned to using overprinted Portuguese stamps for the Azores. From that point on, Portuguese stamps without overprints have been used in Angra.
Both series of issued stamps bear the likeness of King Carlos of Portugal. The first series, from 1892 to 1893, have the name "Angra" printed as part of the design of the stamp. The second series, from 1897 to 1905, is a more generic stamp used in several of Portugal's postal dominions. These are readily identified by the denomination and issuing entity's name being printed in black.
Of the 34 stamps of Angra, the country is not cheap, but not prohibitively expensive either. The catalog value of used stamps total about $270 (US) which equates to an average catalog value of about $8. Most stamps can be had below this average, but there are 3 stamps (Scott #11-13) that catalog for $45 each.
A complete collection of Angra stamps can be completed without being too costly.
Angra 1892 (Scott #5)
Angra 1897 (Scott #27)
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