Thursday, February 10, 2011

First cover from Estonia fully franked with Euro stamps.

Since the 1st of January 2011 Estonia is a new member of the Euro zone. It has changed its money from “kroon” to euro, seven years after its entry in the European community. This is the 17th states that become member of the Euro zone. Of course this has triggered a change on the stamps issued by Estonia, as shown on this registered cover that I received recently. It is fully franked with stamps that are in euro. So this is a first for me that I’m glad to add to my collection.

The stamp picturing a coin was issued on the 1st of January to celebrate the adaption of the new money. It pictures the national side of the “one euro” coin from Estonia (for those who don’t know, the euro coins have a side having the same design for all the countries, and a side that bears a different design for each country). As you can see the map of Estonia has been chosen for the design of this national side.

The other stamps of the cover have been issued on the 3rd of January and are part of the definitive series.

The euro denomination has been used on an Estonian stamp for the first time in 1999 on the stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the council of Europe.

Starting with 2006, all Estonians stamps have been issued with a denomination in kroons and euro as shown on this stamp issued on the 4th of January 2006 to celebrate the Europa Stamps Golden Anniversary.

Stamps bearing a denomination in kroons will still be valid for postage until end of 2013.

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