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  • Issue date: 11/04/2012
  • Printing Process: Offset
  • Paper: Estucado, engomado, fosforescente
  • Size of stamp: 40,9 x 28,8 mm. (horizontales)
  • Sheet effects: 50
  • Postal value of the stamps: 0,70 €
  • Print run: 300.000 sellos de cada motivo
  • Dented: 13 ¾

Golfer Severiano Ballesteros, poet José Hierro and musicologist Manuel Garcia Matos are depicted in this year’s Famous Character series.


Severiano Ballesteros (Pedreña, Cantabria, 1957-2011) is the greatest Spanish golfer of all times and one of the best in the world. He began his career as a caddy at the early age of 10 and in 1974 turned professional. His triumphs and international fame were soon to come. In 1979 he won the British Open, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and in the years to come he would win it on two further occasions. In 1980 he was the first European player to win the Augusta Masters and to don the green jacket. He won it again in 1983. On several occasions he was champion of the world's most renowned competitions such as the Ryder Cup and Match Play, and he was voted the best player in the 1980's. In 2007 he retired, leaving for posterity a spectacular style of play. One of his greatest achievements was to popularize golf, a sport virtually unknown in our country and reserved for the elite until his arrival.


José Hierro (Madrid, 1922 - 2002) is one of the most representative poets in post war poetry. He was the son of Joaquin Hierro, a telegraphist, and began publishing in the republican-related media until he was imprisoned for political reasons, an event which marked his life and poetic career. In 1947 he published the first two books: Tierra sin nosotros (Earth without us) and Alegria (Joy) a pessimistic and bitter perception of the country at the time. His poetry is about social issues, the passage of time and his memories using simple meaningful expressions. From his anthology stand out: Con las piedras, con el viento; Quinta del 42; Libro de las alucinaciones; Cuanto sé de mi y Cuaderno de Nueva York, (With the stones, with the wind; Generation of 42; Book of hallucinations, How much I know about myself) and New York Notebook, his masterpiece. He received many awards including the National Book Award, National Poetry Prize, Prince of Asturias of the Arts and the Cervantes. The stamp depicts one of his verses and a self portrait of José Hierro.


Manuel Garcia Matos (Plasencia, Cáceres, 1912 -Madrid, 1974) is acknowledged as one of the musicologists and folklorists of greater prestige and fame. Gifted in music, he studied musical theory, counterpoint and musical instruments. He founded the Extremeños choirs and was devoted on collecting local songs and dances coming up with a collection of more than 1,200 compositions. He was commissioned by the Institute of Musicology to collect musical pieces scattered throughout the country. In 1945 he won the National Folklore Award and became professor of Folklore at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid until his death.

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