NFT stamps in 2023

LOn Thursday 3 October the Autumn Philatelic Fair opened its doors. Organized at the Espace Champerret, in Paris, a large audience crowded on this first day. To buy stamps in short runs, which could suffer stock shortages – and speculations – offered by various post offices (France, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, for example), to have your stamps signed at the Engraved Stamp stand Art Association (ATG), or in order not to miss opportunities among traders, members of the National Chamber of Trade Unions and Experts in Philately (CNEP), organizer of the event.

A word to announce some upcoming changes in the organization of philatelic activity as a whole.

Thus, François Farcigny announced that he had organized his last Salon as president of the CNEP. His successor should be Paolo Salvatori, boss of L’Archive, in Caen (Calvados).

Another departure: Gilles Livichitz, the director of Philaposte, the management of the La Poste Group, which designs, prints and ensures the distribution of stamps, will take over the management of a La Poste branch from 1uh January 2023. The name of his successor: Paul Dworkin, Human Resources Director of the Parcel Services branch of Le Groupe La Poste since 2015. Gilles Livchitz took up his position at the helm of Philaposte on 14 February 2014.

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Born in 1966, Paul Dworkin is a former employee of Mediapost. Holder of a master’s in management science, a master’s in industrial economics and an MBA in network company management, he spent most of his career at La Poste, which he joined in 1993.

Finally, Isabelle Lecomte, a “figure” of Philaposte, where she deals with the design of stamps, announced her retirement in 2023. Many will regret her smiling availability.

Frédéric Morin, Deputy Director of Philaposte, announced during a press conference orchestrated by Gilles Livchitz – who insisted on investments in machines of the Boulazac stamp printing plant in Dordogne, over 9 million euros between 2022 and 2023 – , the launch of a block of NFT stamps (non-fungible tokens, “non-fungible tokens”) on February 7, 2023. 100,000 copies will be printed at the price of 8 euros.

Austria and Croatia, pioneers in the issue of stamps

Philaposte started from the observation that in the last two years several post offices have happily embarked on the issue of these stamps. The “pioneers” in this sector are Austria, Croatia and Switzerland.

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The principle is of“Associate a physical stamp with its duplicate registered in a blockchain for its NFT authentication”, in this case the Tezos blockchain. In such a way that a numbering does “every single stamp”.

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