Last Friday, PostNL, the Dutch postal company, launched the presale of its very first crypto-stamp.
The Netherlands crypto-stamp consists of a physical part, like a regular stamp, and a digital part, in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT). An NFT is digital proof of ownership. It is non-exchangeable and irreplaceable. The “crypto” side of the stamp comes in five different colors. Something to interest collectors since some colors are rarer than others.
At 9.05 euros each, the stamp depicts a bull on a background of tulips and the Dutch tricolor. Pre-sales of these credit card-sized stamps began late last week and have enjoyed considerable popularity. In the first three weeks following the announcement of the Dutch postal company, already more than 2,000 people had registered. Official large-scale sales will begin on September 22 and 140,000 copies will be made available. At the latest news, the stock is already sold out. Note that, for those who are not interested in the crypto universe, it will be possible to use these stamps just to send mail.
This release is not a first, since it was in 2019 that the Austrian Post issued the first digital postage stamp in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT). The first Swiss crypto-stamp was born in 2021 and the second on August 8th. These stamps are based on the blockchain, a technology that works without a central control body. It makes it possible to keep track of a set of transactions, in a decentralized, secure and transparent way, in the form of a chain of blocks.
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