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31 January 2020

Brexit

Austria: Brexit, 31 January 2020. Images from Post AG.

Machine translation of the Post AG press release:

Special stamp for Brexit

Original exit date overprinted on brand already produced

The special stamp “25. Anniversary of EU accession to Austria ”. Only a few days later, on January 31, the next stamp dedicated to the European Union – this time Brexit – will be published. 

Brexit has been a concern of the EU at all levels since 2016, because for the first time a state has requested an exit from the EU. Austrian Post is now dedicating a special stamp to the British’s actual exit – the “Brexit”.

The special stamp that Austrian Post is now issuing is as special and unique as the history of Brexit. Starting from the announced departure date March 29, 2019, a special stamp was printed with this date. To emphasize the special position visually, the area of ​​the United Kingdom was provided with a light blue transparent varnish. The EU countries, on the other hand, were printed in dark blue using the normal offset process, the non-EU members are shown in white. 

Finally, March 29, 2019 became January 31, 2020 – and the original stamp was updated using the overprint process.

The special stamp will be in the three sales outlets from 31 January 2020

  • Österreichische Post AG, Steinheilgasse 1, 1210 Vienna
    Access by appointment: Yvonne Schneider +43 664 624 – 2164
  • Österreichische Post AG, Gleinker Hauptstraße 1, 4407 Steyr-Gleink
    Access by arrangement: Renate Rebhandl +43 664 624 – 1798
  • Österreichische Post AG, Bahnhofsgürtel 48-50, 8020 Graz
    Access by appointment: Johann Erlach +43 664 624 – 1691

as well as at post.at/onlineshop and from the collector service of the Austrian Post (phone: 
+43 577 67 – 95095; email: sammler-service@post.at ).

The special post office for the first day will take place on January 31, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Philately Shop Post am Rochus, Rochusplatz 1, 1030 Vienna.

Face value: EUR 1.80
Issue date: January 31, 2020
Brand size: 32.50 x 40.00 mm
Graphic design: Anita Kern
Print: Joh. Enschedé Stamps BV + Print Alliance, overprint
run: 140,000 stamps in sheets of 50 pieces

Austria: Brexit, 31 January 2020. Close-up of original overprint (with gap between the dates). A slightly revised overprint was produced in early February 2020 with the dates slightly mis-aligned and no gap between them. Image from Colnect.

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