6.- MADRID '92

  Issue   From November 25th 1992
  Size   43 x 25.5 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, and IBM postal kiosks
  Value printing   Black or violet (rare) ink
  Printing varieties   3 and 4 digits
  Possible values   Programmed values in the different machines

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 fourth Klüssendorf issue was dedicated to Madrid- European Capital of Culture, 1992.
The design is similar to the 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 logo of Madrid, European Capital of Culture, 1992 is a design by Roberto Turégano, a graphical designer who won the restricted tender, announced by the organizing committee.
It is the capital letter of the city name, based on the Ms drawn in the XV century by the German Albrecht Dürer and the Italian Luca Pacioli for their alphabets. It shows a circle with the year 1992 at the top and a stroke in the lower part.

Printing varieties

This ATM design was released on November 25th 1992 from the 2 publicly used Klüssendorf Stampcenter 631 distributors (numbers 005 and 009, (later to be renumbered 004 and 014) which were installed in the Cibeles - Correos main post office in Madrid.
All these machines issues ATMs with 3 digits in the face value.

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.

Variety 3 digits
Variety 4 digits
Sub variety 4 digits
Klüssendorf StampCenter 631
Klüssendorf StampCenter 847

Klüssendorf StampCenter 847
IBM postal kiosk

IBM postal kiosk

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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