CROATIA (2021)- Cyrpto Currency Stamp- Featuring motocycles , & transportations
The PVC base souvenir sheet contains one stamp.
Croatian Post, in cooperation with the Croatian blockchain community gathered around the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association, presents the Croatian crypto stamp 2. An incredible combination of philately and modern technology arrives on the eve of the 12th year after the appearance of blockchain technology in its first emanation – the bitcoin cryptocurrency.
The Croatian crypto stamp is envisioned as the perfect combination of the analogue and the digital. After purchasing the crypto stamp, the part used for paying the postage may be detached, while the digital part remains to be used in the blockchain. On the blockchain, stamps are represented as so-called irreplaceable or non-fungible token (NFT) according to the ERC721 standard. Such non-fungible tokens have collectible value, just like classic stamps, which means that philately is faithfully transposed into the digital world. Such tokens are located on the Ethereum network, thus they have the potential to live forever, which adds another dimension to philately - protection from deterioration caused by the passage of time.
The web shop (crypto.posta.hr/stamp/v2) where Croatian Post enables the purchase of crypto stamps is conceived as an interactive mosaic that provides an opportunity to pay for a stamp with cryptocurrencies. In order to faithfully translate collectibles into the digital world, cryptographers are divided into different categories with an emphasis on uniqueness and exclusivity. The motifs of crypto stamps for individual digital categories are related to the transfer of postal items throughout history, and five different ones have been identified. Thus, one digital category is limited to 3,000 copies (mail coach), while the largest edition issued a stamp with the motif of an Austro-Hungarian postman (9,000 copies). A postilion on horseback (4,000 copies), a telegraph deliveryman on a bicycle (6,000 copies) and a postman on a moped (8,000 copies), together with the previous two categories, make a total circulation of 30,000 copies. It is interesting that each digital category in the Crypto stamp 2 has a corresponding exclusive gold-plated version. Only 5 of the 30,000 digital categories are available in gilded edition.
The crypto stamp project is extremely important for the development of this relatively young industry in Croatia, but also for putting Croatia on the blockchain world map, as well as on the philatelic world map.
Whether digital albums will replace philately albums remains to be seen, but it is already clear that the passion that people have for collecting rare items has not disappeared with the emergence of digital technologies.