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Suit: 8 of Spades 
Country: Brazil 
Name: 'Bull's Eye', First Issue 
Year: 1843 
Denomination: 90 reis 
Description: The Issues of the Brazil Empire. The stamps were nicknamed 'Bull's Eye' because they resemble the actual eye of a bull. Brazil was the second nation to officially issue adhesive postage stamps, behind Great Britain. The preparation of the plates, as well as the printing of the stamps, was undertaken by the Brazilian Mint in Rio de Janeiro. There are two reasons for its scarcity: unsold copies were burned by the Mint; and the stamps were frequently used to seal the flap of an envelope; therefore, many were destroyed upon the opening of correspondence. 
Color: Black ink on Grayish paper 
Used/Unused: Used 
Perf/Imperf: Imperforate 
Cancel marks: Black postmark 
Catalog: Scott 3 

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