The 1945 United Nations Charter reveals the core purpose of nations coming together to form this organization: “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourges of war…” U.N. stamps are the only stamps valid for postage which have not been issued by a sovereign nation, making them unique and fascinating to collect. The first stamps of the U.N.’s offices in Geneva were issued in 1969. At that time currency was inscribed F.S. (Swiss Francs). Now the inscription reads “CHF”, for “Swiss Confederation” (in Latin) plus “Franc”. Stamps are valid only on letters mailed at the Palais des Nations (U.N. European Office) in Geneva. Mail is delivered by the Swiss Postal system.
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