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These are the first stamps Czeslaw Slania has engraved for Spain, which is thus country No. 38 in Slania's record book.  The stamps feature the Nobel Prize Laureates, Dr. Severo Ochoa (1905-1993), who in 1959 was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine together with the American physicist, Dr. Arthur Kornberg, and Dr. Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine together with the Italian physicist, Dr. Camillo Golgi, in 1906).  These stamps show clearly Slania's extraordinary skill in portrait engraving.  

Please note that the Spanish stamps do not have the security tagging on the vertical sides of the stamps, as is the case for the corresponding Swedish stamps, but "only" ordinary tagging.  Please note also, that the Spanish stamps (in opposition to the Swedish counterpart) appear in a somewhat lighter imprint.  

For unknown reasons the stamps do not bear Slania's signature in the lower right corner, as is customary; however, it is certified by the Swedish Post Office that they are engraved by him.  The stamps were printed in Sweden in 1-colour recess and 4-colour offset for the Spanish Post Office.  Date of issue: 20th March 2003.  Print run:  no information.  Size of stamp: 41,66*31,25 mm 

Severo Ochoa:  Scott # 3204b Santiago Ramón y Cajal:  Scott # 3204a

Below are two blackprints of the Spanish set, on the left a close-up of the full sheet. Both items are signed by Czeslaw Slania. 

 

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