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Crypto Stamp Catalogue

Written by catpaw

October 07, 2021

Crypto Stamps represent a new and confusing philatelic study area. Entering the stamp scene in 2019, cryptos are slowly being issued by post offices in a handful of countries. It’s rare to have a new stamp field to explore so cataloguing them is going be be a bit of a challenging experiment. I’m including Gibraltar’s 2018 Crypto Currency stamp in this list, although strictly speaking, it may not be a crypto stamp.  The 2019 Austrian Unicorn is generally considered the first crypto stamp to be issued. But, I think Gibraltar’s 2018 issue should be included. 

So, what is a crypto stamp? Best description that I can offer is, it’s an authentic stamp issued by a post office. It has a “digital twin” that has an NFC tag or chip that contains a crypto key. Some of the digital images are a mystery, until scanned. The companion digital images are categorized as commons, rares and in the case of Gibraltar, mythical rares, which determines their collectable value. The practical use of these stamps is to create a “chain of custody” for parcels and covers. Once scanned, the sender can trace every stage the parcel goes through.  It’ll be interesting to see the pricing differences between used and mint crypto stamps evolve.

So far, Austria has taken the creative lead in designing crypto stamps. They have issued 4 sets since 2019, using animal motifs in various colours. For clarity sake, Austria’s numbering system is applied to all stamps listed below. So, they will be 1.0, 2.0, 2.1 etc. with 1 being the first year of issue. If more than one set comes out in a year, they’ll be labeled with a 2.1, 2.2 numbering. 

Cancels, FDCs & misc stuff

There are a few special cancels and FDCs available to collectors. When possible, I’ve included scans of any available.  

If you have any tips or leads on new crypto’s issued by postal authorities, or have captures of the digital images to share, let me know in the comments.  And, what do you think about the 2018 Gibraltar issue? Leave it? Or give it an honorary mention in a footnote? 

Austria

Crypto 1 – June 11, 2019
Designer Julia Obermüller
Offset lithography and screen printing

Austrian 2019 unicorns

Copies issued: 

  • red unicorn 1500
  • yellow unicorn 10,000
  • blue unicorn 20,000
  • green unicorn 40,000
  • black unicorn 78,500

FDCs offered with cancel

Austria crypto 1.0 unicorn FDC

Release date: July 27, 2020

2019_Austria_Golden Unicorn package with bar

Gold Unicorn with bar
1 g bullion
Available only through a lottery

999 copies

Crypto 2.0 – June 25, 2020
Offset lithography and hot stamping

2020_AUSTRIA-doge 2020_AUSTRIA-panda

2020_AUSTRIA-llama 2020_AUSTRIA-HoneyBadger

  • Doge
  • Panda
  • Llama
  • Honey Badger

60,000 copies each 

FDCs offered with cancel

2020-06-25-Austria-Crypto-Stamps-FDC 2020-06-25-Austria-Crypto-Stamps-FDC 

2020-06-25-Austria-Crypto-Stamps-FDC 2020-06-25-Austria-Crypto-Stamps-FDC

Crypto 3.0 – June 21, 2021
Offset lithography, hot stamping and screen printing
Designer: David Gruber

Austria_2020_Crypto 3.0 souvenir sheetAustria 2020 Crypto 3.0

Crypto 3.0 - June 21, 2021

  • grey whale 
  • green whale
  • blue whale
  • yellow whale
  • red whale

100,000 copies total

Crypto 3.1 –  September 21, 2021

crypto cat stamp Crypto stamp rhino 

crypto cat card front Crypto cat card back Crypto card rhino front crypto card rhino back 

crypto cat packaging crypto rhino package

 

2 stamps on cards

  • Cat  
  • Rhino 

Note the diamond motif on both stamps. Diamond over cat’s head and the rhino horns are diamonds. 

Unknown copies


Croatia  

Crypto 1.0 – September 9, 2020
Multi-colored offset
Designers: Ivana Vucic and Tomislav-Jurica Kacunić
Illustrator: Davor Rukuski

Croatia Crypto 1.0 transportation

Planes, trains, ships & drones 

100,000 copies

Crypto 2.0 – December 15, 2020
Multi-colored offset
Designers: Ivana Vucic and Tomislav-Jurica Kacunić
Illustrator: Davor Rukuski

Croatia Crypto 2.0 transportation

Modes of transportation

100,000 copies

Crypto 3.0 – September 21, 2021
Multi-colored offset
Designers: Ivana Vucic and Tomislav-Jurica Kacunić
Photographer: Danijel Palčić

Croatia Crypto 3.0

RIMAC NEVERA – all-electric hypercar

30,000 copies


Gibraltar

Crypto 1.0 – May 15, 2018
Offset Lithography
Designer: Stephen Perera

Gibraltar crypto 1.0

Rock of Gibraltar – blocks of 4

50,000 copies

Crypto 2.0 – May 17, 2021
Offset Lithography
Designer: Stephen Perera

 2021_GIBRALTAR_stamp 

FDC

2021_GIBRALTAR_FDC  

Presentation pack

2021_GIBRALTAR_presentation pack

5 different levels Common, Uncommon, Rare, Ultra Rare and Mythic Rare
22 digital designs of various scenes from Gibraltar
2 special mythic rares were issued

100,000 copies


Liechtenstein

Crypto 1.0 – September 6, 2021
Offset

Designer: Sereina Hatt

Liechtenstein Crypto 4.0

FDC 

Liechtenstein Crypto 4.0 FDC

Special imperforated stamp was also issued – 3200 copies

Unknown number of images. SQR code scan will reveal a character, which is part of a puzzle that needs to be solved.


 
Switzerland

Crypto 1.0 – November 25 2021
 

Switzerland's 1st crypto stamp showing moon

Off to the moon – Matterhorn and the moon

175,000 copies with 13 possible designs
65,000 will have most common design
50 will have the rare design


 United Nations  

Crypto 1.0 – November 24, 2020
Hexachrome, Foil

Designer: Sergio Baradat

UN CRYPTO NY Crypto-GE-Sheet-600x600Crypto-VI-Sheet-600x600

90,000 copies

  • 30,000 NY office building
  • 30,000 Geneva office building
  • 30,000 Vienna office building

Each stamp is linked to one of 17 UN goals, totaling 51 variations.

  • Goal 1 No poverty
  • Goal 2 Zero hunger
  • Goal 3 Good health and well-being
  • Goal 4 Quality education
  • Goal 5 Gender equality
  • Goal 6 Clean water and sanitation
  • Goal 7 Affordable and clean energy
  • Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 10 Reduced inequalities
  • Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12 Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 13 Climate action
  • Goal 14 Life below water
  • Goal 15 Life on land
  • Goal 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals

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