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A Pleasant Surprise for Philatelists Issued on the Occasion of Transition to the Euro Currency

Pressemeldung from 01.10.2001

Special postage stamp issued to honour "Transition to Euro"
Have a look at the reverse side of stamp also! First issue showing a motive on front and back side

On January 1st, 2002, Österreichische Post AG will issue, in addition to its first five standard Euro postage stamps, a special postage stamp devoted to the theme "Transition to Euro". This will be the first stamp in the history of Austrian philately - and the first Austrian stamp was issued as long ago as 1850 - showing a motive on the reverse side also. Front side shows a map of Europe and a three dimensional representation of a "one Euro" coin.

Gummed face of the stamp shows ATS coins still valid up to end of February. While used, reproduction of Schillings just disappears - exactly like the real coins will do in March 2002. There is absolutely no sanitary risk, as composition of ink has been chosen to be innocuous.

The special postage stamp with a circulation of 500 000 is printed on small sheets of four stamps each. Face value is EUR 3.27 (ATS 45.00). It will be available to subscribers as early as December 14, 2001, first day of validity being the same as that of the Euro, i.e. January 1st, 2002.

To serve subscribers, all five standard postage stamps of the "Holidays Country Austria" series will also be made available to them on December 14, 2001.

For further information, please contact

Österreichische Post AG
Business Communication
Press / PR
Mr. Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010