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AUSTRIA (Österreich), Overview

Return To Catalogue - Issues of 1850-1862 - Issues of 1863-1889 - Issues of 1890-1907 - Issues of 1908-1915 - Issues of 1916-1918 - Issues of 1919-1921 - Austrian post offices in Turkey - Austrian post offices in Crete - Locals, telegraph, etc. - fiscals - Postage due stamps and newspaper tax stamps - Newspaper stamps - Austrian Military post (K.u.K. Feldpost) - Stamps overprinted with russian text - Austrian Italy 1850-1860 - Austrian Italy 1861-1865 - Austria, cancels on first issues - Hotel post (Kurhaus Hohen Rinne)

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Austrian stamps used to be used in great parts of Eastern Europe before 1918. For example, they were used in Hungary before 1871. They were also used in what used to be called Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, in parts of Poland etc. Many cities changed names after 1918, having germanized names before. A book on these names has been written: 'A Post-Habsburg Index' by H.C. and P.R. Davis, 1975.

Value of the stamps of Austria: most of the stamps of Austria are not very rare. An almost 'complete' collection of Austria used can still be accomplished today (with the exception of some rarities).

Go to issues of 1850- 1899


5 k red 5 k red 2 k brown

Go to issues of 1900-1907


3 k green

Go to issues of 1908-1915


1 h grey

Go to issues of 1916-1918, inscription 'KAISERLICHE KONIGLICHE OSTERREICHISCHE POST'


15 h brown

Go to issues of 1919-1921, inscription 'Deutschosterreich'


1 K blue, "Small eagle"

Issues after 1921 (not listed in this catalogue), examples:

Postage due stamps and Newspaper tax stamps


1 k blue 1 k brown 5 h brown, perforated

Newspaper stamps


20 h red

Issues for Bosnia and Herzegowina


"Bosnia" stamp

Non issued stamp of 1945

Reprints (Neudrucke)

A very nice website on the many reprints of Austria, made from 1866 to 1910 can be found at: http://www.kitzbuhel.demon.co.uk/austamps/reprints/. There is much more information on this website than I can possibly give in my catalogue.

Most reprints differ in paper, colour or perforation from the original stamps. Briefly, there are two types of reprints. First of all, the official reprints made in 1866, 1870, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1889 and 1903. A further official reprint was made in 1904, but these stamps were not available to collectors. Secondly, around 1885 the stamp collector Fellner ordered reprints in small numbers, these reprints are generally known as Fellner-reprints.

(Examples; two Fellner reprints of the newspaper stamps of 1850, made in 1885)

Spittal-Klagenfurt stamp

First stamp of the world?

This 'label' (stamp?) was found on a letter from Spittal to Klagenfurt. Considerable doubt exists about the genuineness of this stamp. More information can be found at: http://www.skillingbanco.cjb.net (with thanks to Lasse Hult who send me this image). I quote from his website:

"1836  Postmaster Laurenz Koscher proposes a postal reform using stamps. His plan is rejected. None the less a letter is found in 1950 that had been sent locally from Spittal to Klagenfurt, that is within Koschers postal district. On the letter is affixed a lithographed 1-kreuzer stamp  bearing the inscription Ö.P. (Örtliche Post meaning Local Post). Flanking the central 1, are two crosses, the symbol for "kreuzer".  Furthermore the letter is dated 1839 (!) that is to say, one year prior to the issuing of the celebrated Penny Black."

If it is genuine, this stamp would be the first in the world. Only one such stamp was ever found. The current whereabouts of this stamp are unknown to me.

Other website with information about this stamp: http://www.norbyhus.dk/btpbr.html


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