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As part of its 250th Anniversary commemorations, the Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda (Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office) has organised an extensive, shared programme of initiatives that includes publishing and cultural activities, as well as, those that enhance the Company’s historical heritage, from its creation, by Royal Charter on 24th December 1768, until the present day.This current euro coin marks the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Press or Royal Typographic Office, later (1833) known as the Official Printing Office. It is two and a half centuries of history serving Portuguese citizens and honouring our language and culture.
The postage stamp edition evokes, precisely, the past, present and future of Imprensa Nacional (Official Printing Office). The two stamps shown include, in their historical component, a photographic record of the library of the Official Printing Office, built in 1923, which currently holds a bibliographic collection of around 20 thousand volumes. The second stamp, referring to the present-day of the Official Printing Office, evokes a contemporary and modernised editorial mission responding to current challenges and its responsibility in the context of promoting the Portuguese language and culture.
This anniversary's visual concept is, then, materialised in the adaptation of these two pieces of communication, in parallel with the new Official Printing Office brand. As it marks two and a half centuries of continuous publishing activity, the Official Printing Office remains true to its essential founding principles, based on serving culture and citizenship.