Thursday, January 08, 2009

Postal points in Belgium

La Poste of Belgium is getting rid of the problem of denomination on its stamps. Belgian stamps bear a number of points, representing a postal value. Just put enough points to send something.

On 1 October 2007, the definitive series began the point system. At this time, one point was 0.52 euro, now 0.54 euro. Here you have a postcard sent to France for 1.08 euro !!! I think the sender was lost in this system as I was wondering what labels were under my eyes until I remember the Belgian recent history. From Belgium to France, a postcard only need 0.80 euro (0.65 euro from France to Belgium).

The system applied to "special series" (the philatelic program) too if they bore a value multiple of the point's value.

A new step was taken last 2 January 2009: the European points and Worldwide points appeared for the European and worodlwide rates that are not multiples of the Interior point.

"1" in a European flag or 0.80 euro.

"1" in a globe or 0.90 euro.

Because I do not follow the philatelic program of Belgium, I do not know what to think of this system? Are the circled points well included into the stamp design? Do clients accept this system without being spoiled?

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