Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps From

Official Name: Republic of Angola
National Name: Republica de Angola
Alternate Names: People's Republic of Angola (former name)
Monetary Units: Portuguese overseas escudo (at par with the Portuguese escudo). In 1968, the Portuguese overseas escudo was replaced by the Angola escudo (also at par with the Portuguese escudo). In 1976, the Angola escudo was renamed the Angola escudos. In 1977, the kwanza replaced the Angola escudos, with 1 kwanza = 100 lwei. In March 1991, the New kwanza replaced the Old kwanza, at a 2:1 ratio, with 1 New kwanza = 100 lwei. Beginning in July 1995, the readjusted Kwanza replaced the New kwanza at a rate of 1000 New kwanza = 1 readjusted Kwanza = 100 lwei.
Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
History: Angola was a territory of Portugal until November 1975, when it became an independent nation.
Mineral Resources: Petroleum, daamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium.

  Angola Scott 552 Angola Scott 553  
  Meteorite (var. Octahedrite)
Scott 552
1 escudo
Scott 553
1.5 escudo
Angola Scott 555 Angola Scott 559 Angola Scott 560
Scott 555
2.5 escudo
Muscovite (Mica)
Scott 559
4.5 escudo
Scott 560
5 escudo

This set of 5 stamps was issued on 31 Oct 1970.
Scott 552, 553, 559, and 560 show natural, unpolished mineral specimens.
Scott 555 shows a faceted diamond and a natural, unpolished diamond crystal.

Angola Scott 637
Scott 637
16 kwanza
23 Dec 1980

Natural, unpolished
diamond crystal. Philatelic Mineralogy Copyright © 1997-2010 by Richard Busch