Issue   From July 28th 1992
  Size   43 x 25.50 mm. (approx.)

Non phosphorescent and gummed

  Printing process   4-colour offset
  Printer   Joh. Enschedé, The Netherlands
  Printing   500,000 labels
  Issuing machines   Klüssendorf StampCenter 631 and 847
  Value printing   Black ink
  Printing varieties   3 and 4 digits
  Possible values   Programmed values in the different machines

On October 17th 1986, Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Spanish president of the International Olympic Committee, announced in Lausanne the memorable phrase "À la ville de ... ¡ Barcelona !". This proclaimed that Barcelona would be the city for the XXV Olympic Games, to be held from July 25th to August 9th 1992, and thus began a long process of urban transformation for the city.

Correos y Telégrafos decided to issue a commemorative Klüssendorf issue for this important sports event
(See the Resolution 489 of the Dirección general del Organismo Autónomo Correos y Telégrafos).

The third Klüssendorf issue was dedicated to the Olympic Games - BARCELONA 92.
The design is similar to the 2 previous issues, with the official logo in the upper left hand corner, and the distinctive symbols of the Organismo Autónomo Correos y Telégrafos (Spanish posts) in the lower area.

The official emblem of the XXV Olympic Games was a design of Josep Maria Trias, of Barcelona.
It shows a dynamic figure that suggests an athlete jumping an obstacle - the 5 Olympic rings. This figure is characterized by simple but recognizable outlines, and the colours are used as important symbols. The head is blue - the Mediterranean; the opened arms, in yellow, a sign of hospitality and dynamism - suggesting the sun and the light, whilst the legs are in red. Yellow and red are present in the Barcelona, Catalunya and Spain flags.

Printing varieties

This ATM design was issued from July 28th 1992 by the 2 Klüssendorf Stampcenter 631 automatic vending machines (numbers 011 and 012) installed in the lobby of the Barcelona main post office.
These 2 self-service machines had previously been in service in the Granada World Philatelic Exhibition, and later transferred to Barcelona.
On the following day, July 29th, the World Olympic Philatelic Exhibition- OLYMPHILEX 92 was opened. In the exhibition there where 2 Klüssendorf Stampcenter 847 stamp printers (numbers 1 and 11), used solely by Correos postal employees.
The 2 StampCenter 631 distributors installed in Barcelona continued issuing this design over the following 3 years.
All these machines issued ATMs with a 3 digit face value.

It was possible to obtain this ATM issue by placing an order at the Madrid Philatelic Service, which sold ATMs with 3 and, from March 23rd 1993, also with 4 digits.
When the Philatelic Service was deciding which values should be used for the sets, they took into consideration the postal rates that were current in 1992 - the year when the issue was designed, not the values in use in 1993. This has special significance for ATMs with 4 digits. These were due for issue from March 1993, but sets exists with the 1992 value and four digits. Sets with the 1993 values are both scarce and expensive.

Depending on the machine used and the configuration of the StampCenter 847, the face value of the ATMs could be printed with 3 or 4 digits. In all cases the impression was mechanical, with black ink.
Variety 3 digits black
Variety 4 digits black
Klüssendorf StampCenter 631
Klüssendorf StampCenter 847

Klüssendorf StampCenter 847

Some rolls of ATMs have a 4-digit preprinted control number on the back of every 5th stamp, which indicated the number of blank labels remaining in the machine.
(For more information about the Klüssendorf type ATMs, errors and special printings, see study).

Read complete study
Printing varieties - Values - Sets - The receipts of the Klüssendorf 631 vending machines in Barcelona - The OLYMPHILEX '92 and the commemorative postmarks - The ANY MIRO perforation - ... and more ...

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and last updated:  22.01.08 . English edition rewritten by S. Goodman (22.01.08)