Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps From
Afars & Issas


Official Name: French Territory of the Afars and Issas
National Name: Territoire Français des Afars et des Issas
Alternate Names: became Djibouti on June 27, 1977
Monetary Units: 1 franc (f) = 100 centimes (c).
Location: Northeastern Africa on the Gulf of Aden at the southern entrance to the Red Sea; bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
History: Acquired by France during the period of 1843-1886 and called French Somaliland; renamed the Territory of the Afars and Issas in 1967. On June 27, 1977, France transferred sovereignty to the new nation of Djibouti.
Mineral Resources: Salt, limestone, gypsum, perlite, diatoms.



Afars & Issas Scott 349 Afars & Issas Scott 350
Diabase (Doleritic Basalt)
Afars & Issas
Scott 349
10 francs
22 Nov 1971
Olivine Basalt
Afars & Issas
Scott 350
15 francs
8 Oct 1971
 
Afars & Issas Scott 351 Afars & Issas Scott 352
Quartz
Afars & Issas
Scott 351
25 francs
26 Apr 1971
Olivine Diabase (Olivine Dolerite)
Afars & Issas
Scott 352
40 francs
25 Jan 1971

Scott 349, 350, and 352 show thin-sections of rocks viewed under polarized light.
Scott 351 shows the interior of a geode that formed in a gas bubble in solidified lava.



Afars & Issas Scott C101
Gypsum (Petrified Wood)
Afars & Issas
Scott C101
85 francs
25 Oct 1974

Illustration of petrified wood from Lake Assal.



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