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 Vienna were issued in 1979. At that time, they were inscribed in German with denominations in Austrian currency, now stated in euros. Stamps are valid only on letters mailed at the Vienna International Center for the U.N. and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mail is delivered by the Austrian postal system.
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