World Stamps

United Nations surcharged stationery

Oct 9, 2018, 5 AM
The United Nations Postal Administration surcharged postal stationery earlier this year to pay the new 50¢ rate.

By Denise McCarty

The United Nations Postal Administration issued surcharged postal stationery items earlier this year for use from its post offices in New York City and Vienna, Austria. The UNPA also has a post office in Geneva, Switzerland.

The surcharges were needed because of rate increases by the United States Postal Service and Austrian Post, according to the announcement in the UNPA’s bulletin for collectors, Fascination (No. 127).

A surcharge of “1 cent” inside a semicircle of laurel leaves was added to two UNPA/New York 49¢ postal stationery envelopes originally issued April 13, 2017 (Scott U38 and U39), to meet the new U.S. domestic rate of 50¢. The surcharged envelopes were issued May 25.

Issued Aug. 23 for UNPA/Vienna were surcharged versions of two postal cards originally issued in 2015. A €0.22 surcharge was added to the €0.68 postal card (Scott UX22) for a new value of €0.90, and a €0.10 surcharge to the €1.70 postal card (UX24) for a new value of €1.80.

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For ordering information, visit; email; telephone 800-234-8672; fax 212-963-9854; or write to UNPA, Box 5900, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-5900.