In a bold move towards modernizing philately (stamp collecting), POST Luxembourg, in collaboration with the postal services of Austria and the Netherlands, has launched a brand new product that merges the traditional world of stamps with the advancements of blockchain technology. This leap forward marks the introduction of the first Luxembourgish crypto-stamp, an initiative that could redefine stamp collecting for the digital generation.
Unique Cross-Border Collaboration
The uniqueness of this crypto-stamp lies in its binational design: while the physical part of the stamp features a common design centered around the lion, a strong symbol in all three countries, the digital counterpart of each stamp presents subtle variations depending on the issuing country. Available simultaneously in Luxembourg, Austria, and the Netherlands, each physical stamp, with a face value of €9, is accompanied by a digital version, a unique image stored and secured on the blockchain, where it can be collected, traded, and negotiated.
This initiative marks the entry of POST Luxembourg into the circle of digital philately innovators, alongside Österreichische Post and PostNL. The latter two had already collaborated in creating a crypto-stamp back in September 2022. Pioneering in this field, the Austrian postal service set a precedent by introducing crypto-stamps as early as 2019, establishing itself as a trailblazer in the digital postal universe.
Availability and Collection
The crypto-stamp is issued in a limited edition of 75,000 copies, with digital variants in five different colors, some rarer than others. These stamps are available for purchase on the POST Philately website, as well as various physical sales points in Luxembourg. A special “first day” cancelation and a “Gold edition” are also offered to mark this occasion.
This marriage of tradition and modern technology promises to attract a new audience while preserving the legacy of traditional collectors, proving that innovation can harmoniously coexist with tradition.