Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps From
Australia


Official Name: Commonwealth of Australia
National Name: Commonwealth of Australia
Alternate Names: Downunder
Monetary Units: 12 pence (p) = 1 shilling (sh), 20 shillings (sh) = 1 Australian pound (£A). On February 14, 1966, the Australian dollar replaced the Australian pound at a rate of 10 Australian pounds to 1 Australian dollar. Currently, 1 Australian dollar ($A) = 100 cents (c).
Location: Continent and island state of Tasmania; located south of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean.
History: Australia became a commonwealth of the British Empire in 1901.
Mineral Resources: Iron ore, bauxite, zinc, lead, tin, coal, oil, copper, silver, nickel, tungsten, diamond, uranium, mineral sands.



Australia Scott 558 Australia Scott 559 Australia Scott 560
Quartz
(var. Chrysoprase / Chalcedony)
Australia
Scott 558
6 cents
11 Jul 1973
Quartz
(var. Agate)
Australia
Scott 559
7 cents
11 Jul 1973
Quartz
(var. Precious Opal)
Australia
Scott 560
8 cents
11 Jul 1973
 
Australia Scott 561 Australia Scott 562 Australia Scott 580
Rhodonite
 
Australia
Scott 561
9 cents
11 Jul 1973
Corundum
(var. Sapphire)
Australia
Scott 562
10 cents
16 Oct 1974
Quartz
(var. Precious Opal)
Australia
Scott 580
9 cents
16 Oct 1974

This set of 6 stamps shows gemstones in their natural and cut states.
Scott 580 is an overprint of the 8-cent Scott 560.



Australia Scott 1429 Australia Scott 1430
Quartz (var. Light Opal)
Australia
Scott 1429
$1.20
Quartz (var. Black Opal)
Australia
Scott 1430
$2.50

This set of 2 stamps was issued on 5 Apr 1995 and illustrates polished gemstones.
Both stamps were produced using a holographic process.



Australia Scott 1554 Australia Scott 1555
Pearl
Australia
Scott 1554
45 cents
Diamond
Australia
Scott 1555
$1.20

This set of 2 stamps was issued on 5 Sep 1996 and illustrates polished gemstones.
Scott 1555 was produced using a holographic process.



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