Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The China Post reports that Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, said Monday it will issue a commemorative coin to mark the 150th anniversary of Sweden's first postage stamp.

The coin will go on sale on Oct. 14 and will be issued in a limited edition of 100,000. It has a face value of 50 kronor (US$6.50, €5.40) and the sales price has been set at 60 kronor (US$7.80, €6.40).

One side of the coin, designed by Swedish artist Annie Winblad Jakubowski, shows a "4 skilling banco" postage stamp and the words "Sweden's first stamp 150 years."

The other side shows a winged letter flying over houses and a forest. On the letter is a French horn, the symbol of the Swedish Post Office.

Shown above is another stamp-on-coin that was released by Austria in 2000. The 20-schilling coin celebrates 150 years of Austrian postage. It bears the likeness of the Austrian 9-kreuzer imperforate (SC 5) issued in 1850 together with a Vienna cancellation.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM