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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
December 25-26, 1999:

Cashing in on the Millenium.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Those selling survival gear and computer software aren't 
the only ones trying to make a profit on Y-2-K: The world's 
postal agencies are, too, issuing special stamps -- often 
expensive -- to mark the end of one millenium and the start 
of another. 

The U-S originally wasn't going to issue anything for the 
change, but earlier this month, decided to jump on the 
band-wagon, with a stamp coming out Monday. Special 
cancellations will be offered on New Year's Eve and New 
Year's Day.

Canada issued a set of 68 Millenium stamps, but in order to 
get it, you had to buy a hard-cover book, priced at 40 bucks 
U-S. Collectors complained, so the stamps will be sold 
separately -- in mid-January.

To get some of New Zealand's Millenium issues, though, you 
WILL have to buy a book:  Price: more than 65 U-S dollars.

Australia's Celebrate 2000 stamp is a hologram that switches 
between "1999" and "2000."

Britain's Millenium Series includes a tribute to indoor 
plumbing....but Royal Mail rejected a toilet design.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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