The new International Reply Coupon (expires 2021) has started appearing in circulation.
To choose a new IRC, the UPU holds an international design competition open to all member countries. This is a great way of discovering hidden artistic talents among the general public.
The theme for the new IRC illustration for 2017–2021 is “the Post and sustainable development”.
Viet Nam emerged victorious from the ten countries participating in the latest competition, held on 7 October 2016 during the UPU Congress for the 2017–2021 period in Istanbul (hence the new IRC name “Istanbul model”). Graphic artist Nguyen Du’s design featured a pair of hands and a dove against an Arctic backdrop to represent sustainable development in the postal sector. The image of the yellow stamp on blue represents the future of the Post.
Anyone holding onto old IRC’s or ones due to expire in 2017 can contact me if they wish to dispose of them. I can use expired ones to fund my outgoing Bureau Postal Rates so if you feel you can help, please get in touch by clicking here. Thank you!