Subscriber Bonus Stamps

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Those who subscribe to the New Issue service of the Austrian Post Office receive one or more copies of a specially-printed stamp each year. These have recently been de-listed by Stanley Gibbons: a boxed memo on page 124 of the 8th edition of Part 2 says:

Correction: The following three stamps are now de-listed, as we have received information confirming that they were never on sale to the general public, but only supplied free-of-charge to Austrian Post subscribers.

Under that it says "Nos 2940, 2991 and 3051 are therefore now vacant" followed by an illustration of the offending 1 Sept 2008 stamp (Ranunculus). In their numerical place are S.G. 2991 Anemonies of 1 Sept 2009 and S.G. 3051 Rosa centifolia Bullata of 1 Sept 2010. Later years arenít there at all. The ANK/Netto Special Catalogue lists these with numbers ANK 2787, 2849, and 2916 respectively, adding to each that they were issued free to subscribers.

2008
Ranunculus
ANK 2787
1.9.2008

2009
Anemonies
ANK 2849
1.9.2009

2010
Rosa centifolia Bullata
ANK 2916
1.9.2010

In 2011 no subscriberís stamp was issued. In 2012 they restarted, now in February instead of September.

2012
Blumenstrauß (bouquet)
ANK 3010
15.2.2012

2013
Sonnenblumen (sunflowers)
ANK 3078
13.2.2013

2014
Hundszahnlilie
(dogís tooth lily)
ANK 3148
7.2.2014

2015
Kuhschelle
(Pasque flower)
ANK 3228
7.3.2015

2016
Feuerlilie

(2017?)

The present system is that they work out how much you have spent in a year, then send you a corresponding number of the special stamps in the following spring. A typical "one of everything sensible" collector would get 5 or 6 each year. The stamps look exactly like those you can buy at the post office, and have the face value of a standard inland letter (68 Euro-cents in 2016). They are valid for postage but you can't buy them - they are only issued to subscribers. So they are not listed in the catalogues, except for ANK/Netto (published in Austria) which calls them "Treubonusmarke".

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