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 risk running out of stocks – and speculation – offered by various post offices (France, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, for example), to have your stamps signed at the association’s stand Art of the engraved stamp (ATG), or do not miss the opportunities between traders, members of the national trade union chamber and philately experts (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.
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.
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.
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”.
Frédéric Morin wanted to reassure the philatelists, with precise expectations. Yup “Maintain its artistic dimension” with stamps, avoiding the “glances” of bar codes or QR codes that interfere with the graphics of current productions. Other elements taken into consideration: you must “Make this block above all a physical collector’s item” who will register “In a collection approach with several editions per year” It’s inside “Guarantee its authentication”.
This issue will be an opportunity to promote technological innovations, from which, for example, this first block benefits “Microperforations”.
This NFT stamp will then appear as a dual product, a physical stamp and its associated NFT.
As for its marketing, the sale – subscription excluded and in euros – will take place exclusively online, through a dedicated La Poste website: “During the purchase phase, receiving the NFT link (authentication) and blocking via email”. The purchase date will allow you to specify whether it is a ” The first day “ or not.
On the practical side, Frédéric Morin gives some advice:
– Timestamp: every action on an NFT (creation, transfer, modification) is recorded in the blockchain.
– Unique possession: an NFT can be held by only one person at a time because it cannot be duplicated, with proof of ownership.
– Transferability: an NFT can be transferred from one person to another
– Indestructible: an NFT cannot be canceled …
This obviously raises questions that use will help answer … Will the two paired “objects” (physical block and dual digital) have “separate” lives? What will be the value of an NFT stamp “orphan”detached from the physical block, sold, while the physical stamp will remain the property of its first purchaser?
Very interesting initiative that goes “give a youthful look” to traditional philately.
This first day also saw the inauguration of a general sale stamp on 23 January 2023, bearing the effigy of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), created by Christian Guémy, alias C215, in the presence of the artist, Gilles Livchitz, by Tebogo Seokolo, South African ambassador to France, by Selen Daver, project manager for monitoring presidential commitments for Africa, representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic.
The stamp, worth € 1.80, engraved by Elsa Catelin, will be printed in offset / intaglio, in sheets of fifteen copies for a total circulation of 600,000 copies.
A philatelic souvenir will accompany this issue, at a price of 4.50 euros (circulation: 25,000).
C215 will host an autograph session during the preview sale of the stamp, in Paris, Friday 20 January, from 10:30 to 12:30, at the Carré d’Encre, 13bis, rue des Mathurins (9And constituency).
During the press conference, Ségolène Godeluck, Director of Communications and Institutional Relations of Philaposte, announced the conditions for the launch of the election of the most beautiful stamp of the year 2022, organized online from 9 January to 9 April 2023.
The latter also encouraged collectors to send stamp subjects for 2024 … Sites and monuments, (more or less) famous characters, various commemoratives … Do not hesitate to send your suggestions to La Poste via Twitterfrom Facebookor by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) …
Finally, we will have learned that the CEO of La Poste Group, Philippe Wahl, has proposed to change the commonly used postage stamp, bearing the image of “Marianne”, at the Elysée. According to the tradition that sees each new presidential term, a new “Marianna” … Filaposte is ready …
Autumn philatelic fair, until 5 November, Espace Champerret, pavilion A, from 10am to 6pm, except on 5 until 5pm. Free admission. Metro: Porte de Champeret.