Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps From

Official Name: Republic of Austria
National Name: Republik Österreich
Alternate Names: Deutschösterreich; Oesterreich; Österreich; Republik Oesterreich
Monetary Units: 1 Schilling (s) = 100 Groschen (g)
Location: Central Europe; bordered by Germany and the Czech Republic (north); Slovakia and Hungary (east); Slovenia and Italy (south); Switzerland and Liechtenstein (west).
History: Once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic, in 1918, after its defeat in World War I. In 1938, Austria was occupied by Nazi Germany. Following the defeat of Nazi Germany, Austria became an independent republic.
Mineral Resources: Iron ore, petroleum, magnesite, lead, aluminum, coal, lignite, cement, copper.

Austria Scott 1274 Austria Scott 1348
Aragonite (var. Flos Ferri)
Scott 1274
3.50 schilling
11 May 1984
Scott 1348
4 schilling
23 May 1986

Both stamps show natural, unpolished specimens.

Austria Scott B356
Quartz (var. Amethyst)
Scott B356
7+3 schilling
25 May 1990

Illustration of amethyst is
located at left-center of the stamp. Philatelic Mineralogy Copyright © 1997-2010 by Richard Busch