PRESS RELEASE. austrian post, the national postal service of Austria, announced the launch of its latest product called Crypto stamp art (CSA), based on the Ethereum blockchain. The shift to digital first is significant, as Austria Post is a major player in the blockchain industry and has successfully sold multiple iterations of Crypto stamps since 2019. Previous generations of Crypto stamps, however, have primarily centered sale on the physical. stamp that was accompanied by its digital twin.
CSA is scheduled to launch on July 22, 2022, following the release of the associated physical special stamp block on July 1. Collectors can purchase 2,500 CSA Mystery Boxes exclusively at tokapi.com.
Each digital mystery box contains 4 non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a special stamp block and a physical trading card, known as the special art stamp. Each NFT has color values distributed with different frequencies with increasing rarity.
Red: 100 editions | 1% rarity.
Yellow: 1000 editions | 10% rarity.
Blue: 3000 editions | 30% rarity.
Rose: 5896 editions | 58.96% rarity.
Violet/Green/Turquoise/Friedrich: 1 edition each | 0.01% rarity.
It is important to note that only mystery box buyers will receive an exclusive physical art stamp after purchase.
What makes the unique art stamp so special?
This exclusive art card is a strictly limited collectible card that is equipped with various security features and an NFC chip. Moreover, it can be broken in the middle. The right side shows an artwork imprint, while the left side can be used as a conventional stamp.
Bridging the gap between the traditional and digital world with classic stamps
The CSA first edition is a modern reinterpretation of the 1851 Merkur newspaper stamps. The original series appeared in four color values. Unfortunately, very few specimens of the Red Mercury remain today, making it one of Europe’s rarest stamps and by far Austria’s most valuable stamp.
Josef Anxmann, a copper engraver, designed the original stamps in the 19th century. Encode Graphics in collaboration with Ari Pratama and PR1MAL CYPHER, a famous Austrian digital artist and NFT expert, designed the new edition in 2022. The new block of special stamps with a face value of 3.70 euros has been issued 150,000 times . It is available at all post offices, under onlineshop.post.at
To help drive adoption of NFTs in Austria and around the world, Austrian Post will offer the special stamp block free of charge to purchasers of CSA Mystery Boxes. Plus, each box comes with four NFT collectibles and a special limited-edition art stamp.
CSA Mystery Boxes will be available exclusively on Tokapi.com for 500 euros per box from July 22. No need to be a blockchain expert to participate in the drop. Tokapi allows you to easily use your credit card or make an instant transfer and does not require you to create a cryptocurrency wallet.
The art of crypto stamps is just the beginning
This edition marks the start of the new Crypto stamp art project. It forms a digital collectible with a physical counterpart, but the focus is on collecting digital artwork and collaborating with big names in the NFT scene.
Austrian Post is betting on new interpretations and has already been able to attract other internationally renowned artists who will implement future editions of Crypto stamp art.
In support of the upcoming launch event, Patricia Liebermann, Head of Philately for Austrian Post AG, says: “There has been a generational shift in collecting. Young people are using NFTs to make digital collectibles truly valuable and unique. This is the perfect opportunity for us to bridge the gap between physical and digital collecting with Crypto stamp art that speaks to all generations.
Daniel Lenikus, CEO of Tokapi, commented on the partnership with Austrian Post:
“Blockchain is changing the world at an even faster rate than the internet and generally adds significant complexity. We remove these barriers. NFTs should be an inclusive technology that anyone can use and not limited to a select few with deep blockchain knowledge. At Tokapi, we offer collectors the easiest way to buy digital assets and thus help to integrate a new wave of collectors. »
About Austria Post
Austrian Post AG is the leading postal, logistics and service provider at the heart of the Austrian economy, with more than 20,000 employees. The company strives every day to provide the highest quality and offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services to best meet the needs of its customers.
In addition, the first logistics company consolidates its activities into three divisions: Mail, Parcel & Logistics and Retail & Bank. It is also present internationally, notably in Germany, Turkey and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
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