On January 1, 1999 eleven European countries
formed the "Euro Area," where a new currency, the Euro, would
be in circulation. Those countries together with their flag colors, a
map and an indication of the value of the Euro currency in
terms of the national currency were included in a minisheet issued by
Spain. Other features of the design include the value of the twelve
stamps in both Euros and Spanish Pesetas, and in light blue the
Euro symbol, € and twelve stars.
Mark Honig has called my attention to several errors on
the sheet. First, The Netherlands, the middle stamp in the third row,
is called "Holanda." This is the name of two provinces of The
Netherlands. The name in Spanish should be "Paisos Bajos." Second, the
maps of The Netherlands, Ireland and Luxembourg are inaccruate.