Friday, January 26, 2007

SEPAC stamps

You probably know Europa stamps, the omnibus series issued by a set of European countries each year and sharing the same subject (at the very beginning they were even sharing the same design). Europa stamps are very famous among stamps collectors and their cost is increasing. Probably surfing on the wave of this success, a set of postal administrations have created the SEPAC : Small European Postal Administrations Cooperation. This is a group of twelve “small” postal administrations. They announced that they will issue the 1st of October 2007 a joint issue in a similar way than the Europa series.

What is a “small” postal administration ? The rules are :
- The post office/postal administration must be located in Europe
- The post office/postal administration must be independent
- The post office/postal administration must have a small market with more than 50% of its philatelic customers living outside the country (!)
The list of the twelve members is : Aland, Faroes Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco and San Marino.
The SEPAC joint issue will be issued every two years and the first theme will be “scenery” (it will be also the same theme in 2009). San Marnio will not take part of the first issue. The first eleven stamps will be gathered in a folder that will be entitled “Beautiful corners of Europe”.Here are the two first pictures of the future stamps from Aland and from Iceland for this issue.

It’s clear that this emission is intended to address only the philatelic market, so we can regret that we are far from stamps issued for postal needs. But, on the other hand, if it gives us the opportunity to see some nice stamps, why not ?


2 comments:

euroswiss said...

Hi!

Found your blog while looking some information about the next SEPAC stamps issue.

Great blog! Maybe we should put a link to each others blog?

Swiss greetings

stampselos said...

Hello,

Do you know if there is or there will be a SEPAC stamp issues album?

Regards from USA