Austrian Post, together with the Portuguese NFT trading platform Tokapi, has launched the sale of the Crypto Stamp Art collection, which is based on the Ethereum blockchain, Tokapi said in a press release dated July 22. A total of 2,500 NFT mystery boxes have been unlocked for trading.
Already on July 1, a traditional special stamp block matching the NFTs was presented to the public. This means that a digital version of the stamps will go on sale three weeks after the premiere.
NFT-Buy without Crypto
The model for the new special stamps and their accompanying Crypto Stamp Art collection are the classic Merkur newspaper stamps from 1851, which are given a digital interpretation in this collection. If the original special stamp block was designed by the copperplate engraver Josef Axmann using the copperplate engraving gravure printing process, the new edition comes from Pr1mal Cypher, an Austrian digital artist and NFT specialist.
With the startup Tokapi, Austrian Post got a trading partner who allows the purchase of non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) without the use of cryptocurrencies by instant bank transfer or credit card. Tokapi was founded in 2021 by the three Austrians Michael Beches, Daniel Lenikus and Dominik Myczkowski and is headquartered in Lisbon.
After the public beta phase last year, in which the company gave away NTFs to the beta testers, the portal is now in live operation. As a launch platform for the new product range of the Crypto Stamp Art collection, it was possible to increase the level of awareness beyond Austria in a very short time.
Special stamps and mystery boxes
In each of the boxes for sale there are up to four NFT in different color values. With the purchase of the boxes, customers receive the special art stamp as well as a printed and limited special stamp, which can only be obtained in conjunction with a mystery box. The current price for a box is 500 euros on the Tokapi platform.
The special stamp block itself is also available independently of the Crypto stamp art collection in all post offices, the online shop of the Austrian Post and their collector service. With a circulation of 150,000 copies, it has a nominal value of 3.70 euros.