first variable rate stamps of the Czech Republic were issued on 5 March 2000. Two French machines AMIEL SIMA 1351
were installed at the National Stamp Exhibition BRNO 2000. One of the
machines was operated by the public while the other was behind the
variable rate stamps are self-adhesive (the first self-adhesive stamps
of the Czech Republic). The picture of the Veveří castle above the
Brno reservoir was designed by Antonín Odehnal. Stamps were printed
in France in rolls of 1000. In total 3000 rolls were ordered. The
machines print the selected face value in the left down corner of the
stamp in black.
issue of the variable rate stamps was published with the information
that machines will sell stamps with values of CZK 5,
5.40, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 14.40 corresponding to the most frequent
postal rates. There was no asterisk in front of the face value (type I).
fact, at BRNO 2000 two more face values of CZK 0.40
and 1 were sold which were programmed additionally.
the issue of the variable rate stamps there was no official FDC. A commemorative
sheet was on sale with a CZK 14.40 stamp where the face value is
printed in violet.
interest in the machines and in variable rate stamps at BRNO 2000 was
very high. According to unofficial information, about 90 thousands
stamps and 7710 commemorative sheets were sold. Imperfect function of
the machine can be illustrated by stamps with multiple face values,
absurd face values (e.g. CZK 980 or 995.40 Kč)
or question marks replacing the face value.
BRNO 2000 one of the machines was used in Postfila, Prague for
printing of variable rate stamps for the new stamps service and for
the stamp dealers.
machine was installed in the Postfila shop for public use from 21 June
2000. It sold stamps of all the above mentioned face values but with
an asterisk in front of the face value (type
II). The other machine was installed in Brno for public use later.
the beginning of 2001, some face values of the variable rate stamps
were changed in connection with the change of some postal rates. The
machines do not sell values intended for postcards (CZK 5, 7 and 8)
any more. Values of CZK 11 and 13 for priority (airmail) post to the
overseas were replaced by values of CZK 12 and 14. Moreover, six
additional face values were programmed. This change was done in the
machine in Brno on 8 January 2001 and in the machine in Prague on 18
present, machines sell variable rate stamps in the values of CZK 0.40,
1, 2, 4, 5.40, 9, 12, 14, 14.40, 17, 23, 26 and 33