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Final time-out for stamps denominated in Schilling

Pressemeldung from 29.05.2002

As from 1 July 2002, exchange only against compensation
Centralized exchange at stamp exchange center in Vienna

Until the end of June 2002, it is still possible to exchange all existing stamps denominated in Austrian Schilling and still valid for postage (qualifying date: 10 December 1946; landscape series) into standard issue Euro stamps free of charge.
As of 1 July 2002, all stamps as well as postal stationary denominated in Austrian Schilling and Groschen, including the “Council of Europe” special issue and the “airmail letter” dating from 1999, will become invalid. Only the Euro stamps issued by Österreichische Post AG will then be valid for postage.
Exchanging stamps for cash will be prohibited, as in all other Euro zone countries.

Exchange until 30 June 2002
Until 30 June 2002, it is still possible to exchange whole or half sheets and single stamps up to an amount of 50 items against standard issue Euro stamps free of charge at all Austrian post offices. Amounts in excess of this limit value have to be sent in to the stamp exchange center. Such items can be mailed at all post offices free of charge. Corresponding forms and information on how to do this is available at every post office.

Exchange as from 1 July 2002
From 1 July 2002, exchange will be possible only via the central stamp exchange center at the post office 1150 in Vienna. From this date, you can mail, at your own cost, stamps that you want to exchange to the following address:

Österreichische Post AG
1150 Wien

From 1 July 2002 until the end of the year, a flat-rate sum of EUR 10.- will be charged for each exchange transaction - regardless of the number of items involved - and be deducted from the exchange value.
From 1 January 2003, the costs for each exchange transaction will be 10% of the value of the stamps exchanged,
but at least EUR 12.-. An information folder available at all post offices gives a detailed description of how to proceed to exchange stamps via the stamp exchange center. The explanation regarding the conditions for exchanging stamps at the stamp exchange center is likewise available at all post offices.
For more information, please refer to your post office or to the stamp exchange center (phone number 01/ 892 35 02).


For more information please contact:

Österreichische Post AG
Company communication
Press section/ PR
Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
Vienna, 29 May 2002