and collecting Exhibition
- XI EXFILNUCOL 2004 - Onda
philatelic-rarities lovers can be happy; They can find nice
examples in the Spanish ATMs.
And this time, the fault (or the grace -depending on your point of
view-) is not that of Correos, but due to the pressure
and the actions of collectors.
The first time it was at Valencia 2004,
the World Philatelic Exhibition. During its 9 days up
to 4 franking balances installed in the Exhibition issued
ATMs of a single design with a commemorative text of
Later there followed EXFILNA 2004,
the National Philatelic Exhibition held in Valladolid;
During these 9 days the balance installed in the Correos
stand issued ATMs of several designs with a commemorative
the third and final (?) one has been the XI EXFILNUCOL 2004,
local Exhibition of Philately, Numismatism and Collecting
celebrated in Onda (Castellon), where a franking balance
has issued for a limited number of visitors and collectors ATMs
of several designs with a special commemorative text
over a period of ... 2 hours !
In 1998 an approach was made to the Programming Commission
to produce a stamp dedicated to Ibn Al-Abbar. This was
rejected, so it was decided to produce a privately funded ATM issue
which was the 1st private ATM issue in Spain, with local
use in Onda.
In 2004 a fresh attempt to produce a privately ATM funded
issue dedicated in this occasion to the Inauguration of the
Tile's Museum in Onda, for local usage, failed for economical
reasons. This was the origin of this new request for the authorization
to install a temporary post office with a franking balance
printing just a commemorative text.
EXFINUCOL 2004 was displayed in the Casa de la
Cultura in Onda between the October 24th
and November 1st.
It is one of the Exhibitions of the Fira d'Onda 2004,
and this time it is dedicated to commemorate the inauguration
of the Manolo Safont Tile's Museum in Onda.
Sunday October 24th, the day of the official opening
of the 11th EXFILNUCOL, a temporary post office
was installed with a franking balance model EPELSA
ET-RL/T, number 1410, brought in especially to Onda.
During the 2 hours that the Exhibition was open
to the public in the morning, visitors could acquire ATMs
of several designs and to use the commemorative postmark.
balance had been especially configured to print a commemorative
text on the ATMs.
similar text also appeared on the receipts.
As it can be seen in the image, just a curiosity, the hour of
purchase that was shown in receipts was not correct, because
the balance was in service, at least for the visitors in general,
between the 12 noon and 2 pm.
this short period in service of the balance, collectors could obtain
several designs of ATM with the commemorative text.
Most were issued with a date.
expected, the organisers published different commemorative products,
as the Cover for the first day of circulation of the ATMs with
the special legend, on sale in the Exhibition at 5.00 EUR per
Again as a
novelty, the ATM used in the franking of this cover was
issued by a second balance, number 1411, possibly prepared
for standby in case of failure of the first one, and identically set up
to print the ATMs with the commemorative text. The surprising
thing is that the ATMs issued with this balance also have the date
of the October 24th, but the balance was not installed in the Exhibition
a design of Mr. Joaquin Puchal, and the special postmark.
is the third ATM issue in Spain with special commemorative
text, and as in the previous cases, it's a philatelic rarity,
not available for the most part to collectors, but to a few very
privileged people who are member of the specialist groups...
It's a pity.
still have 35 ATMs of this Exhibition, and within
our limited possibilities we have decided to put them available
to interested collectors. We will add another 35 with
the commemorative text EXFILNA 2004, all of them
in small values.
If you are NOT member of any of the specialized groups of
ATM collecting in Spain and you want to obtain, totally free,
these 2 ATMs with commemorative text, just contact us as
soon as possible with your personal data for the shipment.
The 35 letters with the 2 ATMs plus some other gifts
related to the ATMs, will be sent totally free of
charge to the first 35 collectors answering this announcement
and fulfilling the following requirements.
Please, to avoid the repetition of the ridiculous situations
of previous occasions, please do not use the names of your wife,
children, relatives or friends names. ONE OFFER PER HOUSEHOLD
ONLY. This offer is specially reserved for those collectors
unable to obtain these issues in any other way. If you belong
to a specialized group or you think that you can obtain them
by any other method, please don't reply this add. Thank you
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. English edition rewritted by S. Goodman (28.10.04)