Although Spain made his first stamp issue with double face value in 2000, this one will not be the case of the ATMs or variable value stamps.
During this year the Spanish Posts undertake important modifications in Post Offices to adapt the franking balances to Euro, that allow the immediate change from Pesetas to Euros in the date that decide the postal authorities ; in the ATM printing digits and receipts as with all the countable and security processes of the balances. They limit also the possible maximum face value printed by the franking balances to 99,99 €.
The initial date of September 1st. 2001 was finally skipped for different reasons, problems with the computer system and hardware, but also for the troubles and fuss that the new ATMs only in Euros could suppose between the users.
This Plan of adjustment of balances EPELSA ET-RL began as a test in May of 2001 in 9 Post offices in Madrid ( where temporarily appeared the printing varieties called 4 wide and small ), and from there it has been extended -mainly during the summer months- to all the Post offices of the country.
One of the first and important consequences of this adaptation is the progressive
disappearance of the 5 digits varieties ; if we can still find some
exceptions for errors in pre adjustment operation, when adapting balances
EPELSA ET-RL(IRIS) to the Euro they also profit to change
all them to 6 digits ( small or wide ).
Until the definitive date for the change to Euro, the Spanish Posts will replace the totality of old autonomous balances EPELSA ET-CB and MOBBA by a new model of franking balance ; EPELSA ET-RL(IRIS)/T. These new balances will be prepared to work only in Euros and will allow that the user ( the postal clerk ) can work in " local " - autonomous way - ( this is, using the keyboard to obtain the ATMs ) as well inhibiting the keyboard and working through the computer system IRIS of mail processing, which allows not only the obtaining of ATMs but also to realize other postal services ( as money orders, telegrams, ... ).
The totality of old autonomous
ET-CB and MOBBA
will be removed gradually up to the date of change ; Then, from this date,
and at collecting level, the 4 digits
printing varieties will disappear.
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