Austria stamps

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Austria is a landlocked country of roughly 8.3 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Location of  Austria  (dark green)– on the European continent  (light green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (light green)  —  [Legend]

Scott: #B219O

Issued: 30.8.1947

Prisoners of War

Inside #B219: Stamp on Envelope


Scott: #B268P

Issued: 3.12.1949

Stamp Day

#B110 for B268 Inside #B268: Austria #B110O

The stamp shows three letters, each provided with one of the most valuable pearls of Austrian stamp art - the WIPA stamp of 1933, a charity stamp issued on the occasion of the Vienna International Stamp Exhibition (WIPA) in 1933. The stamp on the front letter is shown through a magnifying glass. Each letter carries one of the postmarks used on the occasion of the WIPA exhibition: "Wipa 1933 Künstlerhaus Wien", "Wipa 1933 Kongresshaus Wien", "Wipa 1933 Sezession Wien". Thus, this stamp pays tribute to the Day of the Stamp by displaying these small works of art as representatives of the uncountable stamps and postmarks accompanying letters on their way to all parts of the world. (



Scott: #572P

Issued: 20.5.1950

100th Anniversary of Austrian Stamps

#2 for #572 Inside #572: Austria #2O

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Austrian stamp, the Postal and Telecommunications Administration issued a brown-black commemorative stamp. The stamp shows the double-headed eagle of the Austrian coat of arms on a shield, the imperial crownabove it, a sprig of laurel to the left and a sprig of oak to the right. The inscription at the top reads "K.K. Poststempel" (imperial-royal postal stamp). The first Austrian stamps were made by Dr. Johann Jakob Herz upon the instructions of the ImperialCouncil. In the Gazette for Posts, Railway Companies and Telegraphs No. 25-28 issued by the Imperial-Royal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Public Works, the regulations on postal rates and their collection by means of stamps were published on April 27, 1850 and took effect on June 1, 1850. The year when the regulation was published can be seen as the birth of Austrian stamps and provided the occasion for issuing this jubilee stamp. (


Scott: #B272O

Issued: 2.12.1950

Stamp Day

Inside #B272: Stamp Collecting


On December 1, 1950, when the "Day of the Stamp" exhibition was opened, it was 15 years to the day that this day was celebrated for the first time in both Austria and the entire world. The Austrian philatelists took this opportunity to celebrate the "100th anniversary of the Austrian stamp". In 1850, the first stamps were issued in Austria. Since that time, it has been a pleasant duty of the Austrian Postal and Telecommunications Authority to promote stamps, support collectors and raise the popularity and distribution of stamps. This duty requires much effort and work, energy and endurance which one person could never achieve. It must be the work of many like-minded people in a lifelong, dedicated pursuit of realising this goal: disseminate the pacifisticideas and asserting them in the world-wide philately community. This stamp shows a stamp collector looking at a letter under a magnifying glass, an open stamp album and, in the background, a map. (


Scott: #B278O

Issued: 10.3.1952

Stamp Day

Inside #B278: Austria #B278

The motif of this special issue stamp shows Cupid with a postman's bag slung over his shoulders running on a globe. He holds a letter in his left hand, and bow and arrow in his right hand. By a resolution of the Council of Ministers dated December 18, 1951, the surcharge of ATS 0.35 on this stamp was earmarked for the promotion of Austrian stamps at home and abroad to be supported by the Federation of the Philatelic Associations of Austria and the First Austrian Workers' Association of Stamp Collectors. Thus, this stamp was an international ambassador of the Austrian postal system. It paid tribute to the festive day of philately by conveying greetings from Austria. The stamp was designed by Professor Viktor Th. Slama and engraved by Ing. Friedrich Teubel.  (


Scott: #B286P

(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)

Issued: 5.12.1953

Stamp Day

Inside #B286: Stamp Collecting

The stamp shows a globe floating into an open stamp album. A ribbon carrying the inscription "Tag der Briefmarke 1953" (Day of the Stamp 1953) is wound around the globe. The picture is rounded off by a magnifying glass and tweezers, the utensils of philatelists. The surcharge on this stamp was earmarked for promoting Austrian stamps at home and abroad and for supporting Austrian philately. The stamp also was to remind of the artistic significance of stamps that goes far beyond their function in everyday use. While stamps had usually shown the portraits of rulers, heraldic animals or ornamental numbers, i.e. realistic pictures, until the turn of the century, Austrian stamps have also been decorated by artistic motifs since 1906. In that year, the Austrianartist Koloman Moser and the engraver Ferdinand Schirnböck created a new stamp style in their Bosnia stamps. The Day of the Stamp 1953 also was to recall this aspect of philatelic development. (


Scott: #B296P

(Thanks to Lou Guadagno)

Issued: 3.12.1955

Stamp Day

Inside #B296: Stamp Collecting

December 1, 1995 marked the 20th anniversary of the first celebration of the Day of the Stamp by the Federation of Austrian Philatelist Societies. This event took place at the Museum of Art and Industry, today's Museum of Applied Art. While there was no special issue stamp for the occasion, a charity stamp featuring portraits of Austrian generals was produced for the event. Austria was the first country in the world to celebrate the Day of the Stamp on December 1, 1935. Soon other countries began to adoptthe practice. The main reason for the introduction of the Day of the Stamp lay in offering collectors the possibility, in the context of an annual exhibition, to inform themselves about the work of their friends and specialised organisations. Moreover, laymen were to be given a glimpse of the manifold activities linked to philately, with the intention of winning them over to stamp-collecting as well. Philatelist organisations traditionally take great interest in encouraging the young generation to take up this hobby. For this reason, this special issue stamp motif shows a young man looking through his stamp-album. (


Scott: #B297PP

Issued: 1.12.1956

Stamp Day

Inside #B297: Austria #B297

Against a dark background, the stamp shows a board with ornamental strips at the left and right longitudinal sides. The board is decorated with a cornucopia with stylised flowers and a post horn. In the lower half of the board, the cornucopia is covered by an envelope carrying the inscription "Tag der Briefmarke 1956" (Day of the Stamp 1956) and the stamp dedicated to this occasion. The stamp is cancelled by the postmark of the Vienna Post Office 1 dated December 1, 1956. In line with tradition, Austrian philatelists also celebrated the Day of the Stamp on the first Sunday of December 1956, i.e. December 2, 1956. Numerous events and lectures on the meaning and importance of philately were organised. The big number of stamps issued and the different motifs displayed on them resulted in the idea that philatelists organise their collections not only by country, but also by other criteria. Thus, specialised collections of airmail stamps, specific themes, cards and covers as well as stamp varieties (perforation, colours, etc.) emerged. Likewise, fiscals, registration labels, etc. increasingly became objects of the collectors' desire. These and many other topics were highlighted in the celebrations organised around the Day of the Stamp 1956. (


Scott: #B302P

Issued: 2.12.1960

Stamp Day

#643 Inside #B302: Austria #643P(CUBA)

The stamp shows the proof printed during engraving work from the original plate of the ATS 3.50 stamp from the Hunting series of 1957, seen through a magnifying glass. The engraver needs the proof in order to ascertain whether the desired colour tones arealready achieved on the original printing plate. The importance of this examination results from the fact that the engraver can only add to the lines and dots. A reduction of the lines would impair printing accuracy and, thus, the engraving's clarity. When scrutinising a print trough a magnifying glass, as is shown by the present stamp, the beholder can easily see the purity of line. It is up to the experience and considerations of the engraver that the lines and dots are originally spaced in such a way that, after the engraving's completion, the gradation of the small stamp corresponds to the original prepared by the designer. (


Scott: #B303P

Issued: 01.12.1961

Stamp Day

Inside #B303 (On FDC): Stamps album


Scott: #B304P

Issued: 30.11.1962

Stamp Day

Inside #B304: Stamp Engraving

It is a pleasant duty of the Austrian Postal and Telecommunications Administration to support foreign and domestic stamp collectors, and to raise the popularity and distribution of stamps. The annual stamps dedicated to the "Day of the Stamp" are ambassadors, so to speak, of the Austrian postal system and pay tribute to the festive day of philatelists by conveying greetings from Austria. The objective of promoting stamps and supporting collectors is also served by the an alliance of Austrian stamp collectors in an umbrella organisation that makes every effort to fulfil its self-appointed function. It requires much effort and work, energy and endurance which one person could never achieve. It must be the work of many like-minded people in a lifelong, dedicated pursuit of realising this goal: disseminate the pacifistic ideas and asserting them in the world-wide philately community. A small financial contribution to this work is made by the surcharge on this stamp in the amount of ATS 0.70. The stamp shows the hands of a stamp engraver during his work. (




Scott: #B321P

Issued: 3.12.1965

Stamp Day

Inside #B321: Stamps on Envelopes

The stamp shows a postman dropping letters into a letter-box. The inscriptions "Tag der Briefmarke" (Day of the Stamp) and "Republik Österreich" (Republic of Austria) delimit the stamp's motif at the top and bottom, respectively. The denomination and the currency are indicated in two lines in the upper right corner. Above the bottom perforation, the names of the designer Adalbert Pilch (left) and the engraver Rudolf Toth (right) are indicated. (


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Scott: #1005O

Issued: 9.10.1974

100th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Inside #1005: Stamp on Envelope

The foreground of the stamp honoring this occasion shows an Austrian letter carrier in summer outfit wearing a cap, as issued since 1961. Behind the letter carrier is a stylized portrayal of postal transport at Schwechat Airport. Full letter bags can be seen through the opened sliding door of the transport car in front. The tail, part of the fuselage, and the rudder of an airplane dominate the stamp. The rudder shows the red and white stripes of Austrian Airlines. A jet engine can be seen off to the side with lowered stairs to it's rear. (


Scott: #B339P

Issued: 28.11.1975

125th Anniversary of Austrian Postage Stamps

#5 for #B339 Inside #B339: Austria #5P

#250 for #B339 Inside #B339: Austria #250P

 Inside #B339: Austria #455P

In 1975 the Austrian postage stamp celebrated a very special anniversary. Exactly 125 years have passed since the postal administration issued the first Austrian postage stamps on June 1, 1850. Stamps issued back then are the prized specimens of every collection today. The world's first stamps were issued in Great Britain on May 6, 1840. Indeed Austria could have taken the honor as early as 1836, four years before the postal reform was introduced in England by Rowland Hill. In those days Laurenz Koschier, assistant bookkeeper at the National Accounting Office in Agram, suggested introducing a system of postage stamps to the Public Court Chamber in Vienna. Through the Imperial Chamber Decree of May 11, 1836 the postal institute's honorable intentions of being of service were indeed recognized, yet the proposals were not implemented. Only in 1849 did Baron Bruck, the trade minister in those days, lay before the emperor reform petitions for letter and transport postal tariffs which were later approved that same year. The stamp shows three stamps from different periods. An 1850 9-Kreuzer stamp from the Imperial Austrian Empire, the half-crown stamp from the Austrian Republic's first series of stamps dating back to the year 1922, and a 3-Groschen stamp from the first series of the Second Austrian Republic from the year 1945. (


Scott: #1173P

Issued: 6.4.1981

Wilhelm Dachauer, Artist and Engraver

 Inside #1173: Austria Vignette of Unadopted Essay like #B76O

Dachauer's Essay

(Thanks to Lou for the scan)


Scott: #B347P

Issued: 21.10.1983

Day of the Stamp / Child with Envelope

Inside # B347: Stamp Collecting

The idea to introduce a day of the stamp was proposed already in 1933 by the president of the Federation of German Philately Associations, Major von Rudolphi. It met with great enthusiasm by the individual regional associations, including Austria. It was the Federation of Austrian Philately Associations which organised the first "Day of the Stamp" on December 1, 1935. It actually was the first "Day of the Stamp" world-wide, because the Week of the Stamp organised in the U.S. in November 1935 did not result in the desired success due to inadequate preparation. The stamp devoted to the festive day of philately in 1983 shows a child looking at an envelope with a stamp, and the logo of Junior Philately. Thereby, an important function of stamps for the young generation is highlighted. To them, stamps are more than just collector's items. The messages conveyed by the small works of art permit them to make an excursion into history in all its forms. This makes the stamp an important pedagogical element. The motif of this special issue stamp also was to raise awareness of this fact among teachers and parents. (


Scott: #B368P

Issued: 23.5.1997

Wipa 2000

#5 for #B339 Inside #B368: Austria #5P

The Vienna International Postage Stamp Exhibit "WIPA 2000" will take place from May 30 to June 4, 2000. This exhibit will carry on the tradition of the WIPA (Wiener Internationale Postwertzeichen- Ausstellungen) established with the exhibits "WIPA 1881", "WIPA 1933", "WIPA 1965", and "WIPA 1981". In addition, the 150th anniversary of Austrian postage stamps will also be celebrated. The first postage stamps were issued in Austria on June 1, 1850. Advance payment of postage was made law by decree of March 26, 1850. For this, stamps worth 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9 Kreutzers were issued for the most common postage fees. Reference will be made on this anniversary to the special issue stamp "Vienna welcomes you to WIPA 2000" through the presentation of a value from the first edition.

The idea behind the special issue series "Vienna welcomes you to WIPA 2000" is to introduce characteristic stamps from different epochs over the last 150 years and to compare means of postal transportation of the day. The bicycle courier was chosen for the second half of the last century. The Post & Telekom Austria honors "WIPA 2000" through a total of four special issue stamps appearing from 1997 to the year 2000. Issued as a mini-sheet, the 1997 edition shows a postal courier with a bicycle along with a 9-Kreutzer blue from the year 1850 in the original printing process. (


Type I1 

Austria-Hungary #28


Scott: #B369P

Issued: 6.11.1998

Wipa 2000

  Inside #B369: Austria #339O

For the Post and Telekom Austria AG the Vienna International Postage Stamp Exhibition (WIPA), which will take place in the year 2000, will be an outstanding event. On one hand this exhibition gives a solemn surrounding for the 150th Anniversary of the issue of the first Austrian stamp and on the other hand it is a good platform to promote Austrian stamps and to show their top level as regards production.

Also gives such an important philatelic event like the WIPA 2000 a chance to establish personal contacts and to start dialogues with representatives of other stamp issuing authorities as well as the possibility to broaden philatelic knowledge and open new perspectives. (


Scott: #B370P

Issued: 17.9.1999

Wipa 2000

#525 for #B370 Inside # B370: Austria #525O

This stamp is the third in a special issue series dedicated to "WIPA 2000", which takes place in honor of the 150th anniversary of Austria's first postage stamp. This anniversary forms the theme of stamps issued since 1997 under the title "Vienna invites the world to WIPA 2000". In each value a stamp representative of a particular era in the last 150 years is matched with a form of postal transportation typical of that time. The three-wheeled cycle with a luggage chest was considered an advancement in the days of the Monarchy, while the automobile asserted itself in the First Republic. The airplane was the latest innovation in the Second Republic.

This stamp is dedicated to the Second Republic. The traditional costume series issued as of 1948 was chosen as the characteristic issue. With 37 values it is the Second Republic's longest definitive series. Stamps of this series decorated mail items throughout the fifties and sixties until they were gradually phased out.

The stamp shows an airplane with mail being loaded onboard as a typical means of postal transport. (


Scott: #B370aO

Issued: 21.1.2000

See Scott: #B368, #B369, #B370


Scott: #1819P

Issued: 30.5.2000

150th Anniversary of Austrian Postage Stamps

#5 for #B339 Inside #1819: Austria #5P?

#1818 Inside #1819: Austria #1888O

In the 1950s news that the world's oldest postage stamp had surfaced and that it originated from Austria caused a considerable sensation among experts. But the facts are: the first postage stamp was issued on May 6, 1840 in England under General Postmaster Rowland Hill. Other postal administrations followed England's example only hesitatingly. By the time Austria decided to start issuing stamps in 1849/1850 there were only 15 predecessors. Issued on June 1, 1850, Austria's first edition consisted of denominations of 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9 Kreutzers ("German" edition). However, since the stamps were invalid throughout the Austrian-controlled region of Lombard-Venice, "Italian" stamps had to be contemplated. Stamps in denominations of 5, 10, 15, 30, and 45 Centes ensued. Apart from the value overprint and color patterns, the stamps were completely uniform. The stamps carried the national symbol of the double-headed eagle in a decorative shield with the imperial crown above. Over this was a twig of laurel and an oak branch with the inscription "K.K. Post-Stempel". The value and currency information was given below. Although the passage "K.K. Post-Stempel" appeared on these stamps, senior postal authorities introduced the little gummed label under the name "Briefmarke". A brilliantly simple name which later established itself throughout the entire German-speaking region.



Scott: #1934O

Issued: 24.9.2003

Mail-Order Trade

Inside #1934: Parcel with stamps

With over 500,000 employees in 20 different sectors, the Austrian retail trade is continuously growing as an important factor of the economy. The retail trade is becoming a major factor in the creation of wealth in the economy as a whole, a result of the change from an industrial to a service society. While the creation of wealth used to be regarded as only the production of goods, we are aware today that trade with its innovatory ideas makes products more valuable, thereby creating substantial wealth.

The Austrian retail trade, accounting for roughly 14% of the creation of wealth in the country, is well above the European average.

While small retail businesses, due to the need for large investments, can only contribute little to the creation of wealth, the large retail chains account for over 20% of turnover. A major factor is the mail-order trade, of which roughly 45% of adults above the age of 15 - 3.5 million individuals - are customers.

There is a huge difference between male and female customers, with 53% of all Austrian women but only 37% of men buying from mail-order companies. (


Scott: #2077P

Issued: 8.12.2006

100th Anniversary of the Austrian Stamp & Coin Dealers Association

#P4_1 Inside #2077: Austria #P4O

There have been stamps for 160 years, and for about 160 years they have been collected and traded. There have been philately clubs for about 140 years, retailers' associations for 120 years and in 2006 the Austrian Stamp Dealers Association is also celebrating its 100th birthday. Seven Viennese stamp dealers, Rudolf Friedl, Moritz Grünberg, Otto Waldemar Friedl, Karl Körner, Leopold Traub, Dagobert Wlaschim and Fanny Grossmann, founded the Austrian Stamp Dealers Club in 1906. Its first chairman was Rudolf Friedl, a dealer famed throughout Europe. Before the end of the 1906/07 year, two German, one Swiss and one Luxembourg dealer had joined the Club. In 1911 collectors and dealers from around the world flocked to the International Stamp Exhibition in the Secession in Vienna. In 1914, the Austrian Stamp Dealers Club had 18 Viennese members and 45 from outside the city, 37 of them from abroad. The First World War was a major setback for international philately. The participation of the dealers at the International Stamp Exhibition in October 1924 in the Vienna Dorotheum and at the Vienna International Stamp Exhibition in 1933 (WIPA) gained the Austrian Stamp Dealers Club much praise and recognition. At the General Assembly in 1936, the Club's name was changed to Austrian Stamp Dealers Association, but the Association was dissolved in 1937. In April/May 1945, the Austrian Stamp Dealers Association was set up again. The problems faced by the Association during the period of occupation 1945-1955 were not mitigated until the foundation of the IFSDA (International Federation of Stamp Dealers Associations) in 1952, enabling collaboration with the dealer associations in other countries. The Association played a major role in the organising of the International Stamp Exhibitions in Vienna, thereby acquiring for itself an excellent international reputation. "NUMIPHIL", the stamp and coin exchange held every year since 1992, led to a change in the Association's name to "Austrian Stamp and Coin Dealers Association" (Österreichischer Briefmarken- und Münzenhändler-Verband - Ö.B.M.H.V.). The exchange and its organisers have acquired a reputation in central Europe that should not be underrated. For decades the Austrian Stamp Dealers Association's emblems have been various versions of the Austrian Merkur newspaper stamps. What could be more appropriate, therefore, than to select the "Zinnoberroten Merkur" (Vermilion Merkur), the rarest of Austrian stamps, as the motif for our anniversary stamp on the occasion of its 150th birthday. (

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Issued: 2009

Austria 2009 The Pearl of Philately Stamp with half pearls affixed Issue date 06 May 2009.

From May 6 to May 10, 2009, Essen (Germany) simultaneously hosted the International Philatelic Exhibition (IBRA), the National Stamp Exhibition (NAPOSTA), and the 19th International Stamp Fair. An Austrian Post issued p-stamp (Personalised Stamp) issued on the occasion of philatelic exhibition ' IBRA - NAPOSTA ' 09 ' in Essen (Germany).

The p-stamp features  a half pearl affixed on the stamp surrounded by the other philatelic pearls or you could say legends on stamp collecting. The legendary stamps featured on this stamp are:

The rare Mauritius Two Pence Blue(1847) which was one of the star attraction at the philatelic exhibition at Essen. According to the legend, Barnard had engraved "Post Office" instead of "Post Paid" by mistake. The latter appellation was to be seen on all Mauritian stamps during almost twenty years. Much later it was proved that "Post Office" was really the legal term used for the Post in those days.
The "Mauritius Post Office" stamps have become rare gems of world philately. They are in fact the first Mauritian stamps, among the very first in the world. They are also among the rarest because only 500 of these stamps were printed for the Mauritian Post.

The Basel Dove Stamp The Basel Dove Stamp is one of the world’s first tricolor postage stamp. The stamp was issued on July 1, 1845 by the Canton of Basel (member state of the federal state of Switzerland). It has a face value of 2 ½  rappen and was the only stamp issued by Basel. It is the world’s first tricolor stamp printed in black, crimson, and blue. The stamp was designed by Melchior Berri which featured a white embossed dove carrying a letter in its beak, and inscribed with “STADT POST BASEL”

The first stamp of Saxony (Sachsen in German), issued in 1850, shown above, is one of the rarest of classical European stamps.  An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 copies are thought to exist today, and many of them are repaired. This is also one of the most forged of the classical European stamps, most notably by Fournier.

The Three Skilling Yellow (1855), a rare color error of the first stamp from Sweden

The 'Inverted Jenny' Error stamp from USA (1918)

Scott: #2257P

Issued: 20.5.2010

90th Anniversary of the Salzburg Festival

#878 Inside #2257: Austria #878P

There is no doubt that the Salzburg Festival is one of the most important cultural events in Austria, its excellent reputation having had a decisive influence on the image of our country. On the occasion of the Festival’s 90th anniversary, a special commemorative stamp is being released showing the signet designed in 1928 by Poldi Wojtek and still in use today.

The birth of the Salzburg Festival was marked by Hugo von Hoffmannsthal’s famous drama “Everyman”, first performed on the Cathedral Square on August 22, 1920 under the direction of Max Reinhardt. Alongside Reinhardt and Hoffmannsthal, the creation of the Festival is due primarily to the composer Richard Strauss, the conductor and head of the Vienna Court Opera house Franz Schalk and the stage designer Alfred Roller. In the following year, 1921, alongside “Everyman”, the programme contained concerts for the first time, extended in 1922 by the addition of four Mozart operas. In 1926, the Felsenreitschule was first used as a second venue, having been converted under the architect Clemens Holzmeister. Since 1936, the Festival has had its own fanfare, composed by Joseph Messner, which is also used as the signature tune for radio broadcasts. The National Socialist era had serious consequences for the Salzburg Festival; “Everyman” had to be withdrawn from the programme and many performers were banned or fled into exile. With the beginning of the Second World War, the programme was substantially cut, and finally in 1944 was cancelled altogether as a result of an order by the propaganda minister Goebbels banning all festivals within the Third Reich. It was only in 1945, after the end of the war, that the Festival was launched again with a reduced programme. Hoffmannsthal’s “Everyman” was also back in the programme, and has since been a fixed element in the Festival.

In more recent times, the Festival has been dominated above all by two personalities: the conductor Herbert van Karajan and the Belgian artistic director Gérard Mortier. The Karajan age was characterised by the highest musical quality and the involvement of international stars, which led to a certain artistic stagnation towards the end of his era. It was then Mortier who opened up the Festival to new movements and gave more importance to theatre again. Mortier’s successor was Peter Ruzicka, who was followed in 2007 by the director Jürgen Flimm, while the office of President has for years been held by Helga Rabl-Stadler. From 2011, Sven-Eric Bechtolf will be the new head of theatre at the Salzburg Festival, taking over this function from the future artistic director Alexander Pereira. (

Thanks to Prof. Plinio Richelmi


Scott: #B385O

Issued: 30.8.2010

Day of the Stamp 2010

Inside #B385:



Austria 385P

Austria 382P



Austria 386P

Austria 383P



Austria 387P

Austria 384O

Day of the Stamp 2010

The traditional “Day of the Stamp” commemorative, with a surcharge of EUR 1.30 to support organised philately in Austria, is to be launched at the largest federation exhibition of the year, ÖVEBRIA, where it will be presented to the interested public. The stamp shows in the foreground a modern Austrian Railways Railjet train and the coat of arms of Gmunden, while in the background can be seen the charming town of Gmunden, the venue for ÖVEBRIA 2010, together with the romantic Lake Castle at Ort, Lake Traunsee and the magnificent mountain landscape that forms the setting for this delightful spot within the Salzkammergut.

Talking of Gmunden: This town with its population of 13,000 is located on the north shore of Lake Traunsee at an altitude of 425 m above sea level. The first settlement of what is today the town dates back to the 5th century. We do not know when Gmunden changed from being a fortified market to a town, but it is known that the site was heavily fortified in the Middle Ages. It was not until around 1300 that Gmunden acquired its own church, but there was already a regional court (now a district court) in 1217. Today this small town is a charming summer holiday resort, with tourism still a major source of income. The tableware produced under the name Gmundner Keramik also enjoys a reputation extending far beyond the borders of Austria as being “charming and typically Austrian”. The most important sights in the town are the Land Castle and the above-mentioned Lake Castle at Ort, dating from the 10th century and hence one of the oldest buildings in the Salzkammergut.

The Railjet shown on the stamp, in contrast, is a high-speed intercity push-pull train operated by ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG and in commercial service since the start of the 2008/2009 timetable. It was first presented to the public on 15 September 2008. It is interesting that the Austrian Railways, unlike other railway systems, have chosen to use locomotive-hauled trains for high-speed operations instead of electrical multiple units. Like the former German “Metropolitan Express Train”, the Railjet trains are made up of individual coaches with airtight between-coach interconnections, but with normal screw couplings at the outer ends of the set of coaches.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Austria card 2010


Issued: 06.11.2010

75 years stamp day

It reproduced the « stamp day » issue of 1949 - Austria #B268 (featuring WIPA 1933 stamps)

Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl

Scott: #B387P

Issued: 10.09.2011

90th Anniversary V.O.P.H. (Federation of Austrian Philatelist Societies)


Inside # B387:



Austria #2171O

Austria #2119O

Austria #2250O

Austria #2286O

Austria #2109O

Austria #2162O

Austria #B369P

Austria #2262O

Austria #2256O

Austria #1709O

Austria #2147O





Austria #2015O

Austria #2299O

Austria #1861O





Austria #1720O

Austria #1779O

Austria #1648O

Austria #2127O

Austria #1647O



90 years of the Federation of Austrian Philatelist Societies

This year organised philately in Austria is celebrating a round anniversary: The Federation of Austrian Philatelist Societies is celebrating its 90th birthday, an event marked by the present commemorative with a surcharge of EUR 0.20.

It was on 9 March 1921 that representatives of 16 stamp collectors' clubs came together in the once famous Dreierl restaurant in Vienna's first district in order to found the Federation of Austrian Philatelist Societies, the VÖPh. There is no doubt that this was a farsighted decision, since despite all the ravages of the 20th century, the Federation with its currently 300 member societies continues to flourish unabated. The VÖPh continues to perform its functions – the broad-ranging promotion of philately and the safeguarding of collectors interests – in today's very changed conditions. Incidentally, the fact that the anniversary is not celebrated on the precise date of foundation but rather six months later has a certain tradition in the history of the Federation. Previous anniversaries were also mostly celebrated a few months later, on the occasion of the annual Federation conference. An interesting example of this was the fifth Austrian Philatelists' Conference, as it was known then, which was held on 11 September 1926 in Vienna, examining in particular the topic of forgeries and how to combat them. This question was an ongoing theme of the first decades of the Federation's activities – in those days it was after all extremely difficult to find sufficiently qualified objective and neutral experts to clarify disputes on the question of forgeries. Hence the integration of the Organisation of Austrian Stamp Examiners into the Federation following the 1965 WIPA proved to be all the more effective.

On the question of the WIPA: during its varied 90-year history, the Federation of Austrian Philatelist Societies has organised numerous large-scale presentations and displays with considerable success, above all the famous "Vienna International Stamp Exhibition", which has always attracted international attention; the last event was held only a few years ago in 2008. The Federation is managed by an executive board, the president of which has been Mag. Anton Tettinek, and his deputy Ing. Alfred Kunz since the last election conference.

The motif of the new commemorative shows a design by Hannes Margreiter, a graphic interpretation of the global message of stamps as carefully guarded by the Federation of Austrian Philatelist Societies.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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Scott: #2565O

Issued: 07.05.2015

175th Anniversary of The Penny Black

GB #1 Inside #2565: G.B. #1 [Q-J]

sos austria 1  1850 Inside #2565 (In margin): Austria #1O

Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Prof. Plinio Richelmi

Scott: #????O

Issued: 02.04.2016

Classic Edition Stamps of 1850

sos austria 2 1850 Inside #????: Austria #2O

sos lombardy-venetia 4  1850 Inside #????: Lombardy-Venetia #4P(Italy)

 sos austria 1  1850 Inside #???? (In margin): Austria #1O

modified detail: florals framing the arms shield outlined in black, not yellow. 

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #????O

Issued: 12.10.2016

Classic Edition Stamps of 1858

austria 9  Type I  1858 Inside #????: Austria #9P

 sos austria--lombardi-venetia 8  1858 Inside #????: Lombardy-Venetia #8O

Thanks to Michael Merritt and Lou Guadagno

Scott: #????O

Issued: 08.05.2017

Postage Stamps from 1860/62

 Inside #????: Austria #16P

 Inside #????: Lombardy-Venetia #14O



Nennwert: EUR 2,88, Ausgabetag: 15.3.2017, Markengröße: 32 x 40 mm

Blockgröße: 80 x 60 mm, Entwurf: Anita Kern, Druck: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. / Offsetdruck

Auflage: 130.000 Blocks mit 2 Marken,

Martin wrote: This was the original announced sheetlet - but it was not issued. The corrected variety - that we have in our albums - came out later this year.

On top it was added /62 while on right margin now only reads "Venetien" instead of "Königreich Lombardei Venetien"

came across this on a german site, where they featured "not issued" stamps.

Michael added: One for the books!  I love unissued SoS…now the trick, how do we get this one to appear on a real issue?  Nothing better than “Not-stamps-on-stamps on stamp”!

Martin wrote: the "real" SOS remained unchanged - only the marginal decoration had slightly changed because of some historical reasons. After the Independence war of 1859 (battle of Solferino) Austria had lost the Lombardy part of its former Kingdom to France (later to Sardinia) and kept only the Venetian part until 1866.

Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl

austria 2690a austria 2690b

Scott: #2690a-bO

Issued: 16.09.2017

Classic Stamps 1867 - a joint issue with Hungary

sos austria-hungary 29  1867 Inside #2690a: Austria-Hungary #29P

austria-hungary 33  1867 Inside #2690b: Austria-Hungary #33O

austria 2690

Scott: #2690O


About Postage Stamps From 1867

The year 1867 was a significant interlude in the history of the Hapsburg monarchy. The Austro-Hungarian Compromise converted the Austrian Empire into the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary, and that, of course, had an impact upon the postal service. The postage stamp issue of 1867 reflects this circumstance.

Thanks to the constitutional real union, Hungary was now an independent state with equal rights, while the same monarch, Franz Joseph I, reigned as the Emperor of Austria and the Apostolic King of Hungary. As a result, from 1st May 1867 onwards, Hungary had its own independent postal administration. However, the postage stamp issue of 1867 is an identical issue which was used by both postal administrations. The denomination “Kr” for Kreuzer or Krajcczar was appropriate for both countries. This postal series was issued on 1st June 1867 in denominations of 2, 3, 5, 10 and 15 “Kr.” for Hungary (which also included Transylvania). In the Austrian Empire it only became available once all of the previous postage stamp series had been used up. The 25 and 50 Kr. denominations were issued on 1st September 1867. The stamps were valid in Hungary (“Transleithanien”) until 31st July 1871 and in the Austrian “Cisleithanien” until 31st October 1884.

As for the 1860 issue, the postage stamps issued in 1867 once again showed the Emperor’s head turned to the right, but now with clearly distinguishable facial features. The depiction of the imperial bust is framed by a beaded circle, which is surrounded by curved ornaments. The denomination is printed below the design. The design for the 50 Kreuzer stamp differs significantly from the other denominations.

The stamps were printed on counter sheets of 100 stamps or 80 stamps in the case of the 50 Kreuzer stamp, both counter sheets bearing a watermark. They are differen- tiated by “coarse” or “fine” printing: until the end of 1874 a relatively thick, rough paper was used, with the coarse character being produced during printing through use of a textile underlay on the counter roller. From 1874 onwards a thinner, smoother paper was used. In the case of the 5 Kreuzer stamp there are also two different types: type II came into being from 1872 thanks to the use of a new die. Within types I and II a finer distinction is also made between variants a and b, based on different print details.

“Fine printed” type II stamps are thus only available in the Austrian issue, since the Hungarian stamps had been in circulation since 1871. 1867 stamps which were used in Hungary are especially popular with collectors due to the very short period for which they were valid. Furthermore, in the case of the fine printed 1867 stamps, there are many variations in perforation.

The current block of stamps from the “Classic Editions” series, a joint issue with Hungary, shows a brown 50 Kreuzer stamp and a type I coarse printed 5 Kreuzer stamp in a reddish colour.

austria      ss  3 17 18

Scott: #????O

Issued: 18.03.2018

Classic Stamps 1863-64

austria 20  1863 Inside #????: Austria #20P

austria--lombardy-venitia # 22  1864 Inside #????: Lombardy-Venetia #22O

Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Komlóssy Zoltán

Scott: #????O

Issued: 17.05.2019

Classic Stamps 1883

 Inside #????: Austria #43P

 Inside #????: Austria #46O

Thanks to Richelmi Plinio and Komlóssy Zoltán

austria      ss

Scott: #????O

Issued: 29.09.2019

Classic Stamps 1890

sos austria 53  1890 Inside #????: Austria #53O

sos austria 64  1890 Inside #????: Austria #64P

In the background margins of the s/s are simplified enlargements of the stamp frames.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

austria 2844a-b

Scott: #2844O

Issued: 07.03.2020

Classic Stamps 1891-96

sos austria 65   1896 Inside #2844a: Austria #65O

sos austria 69  1891 Inside #2844b: Austria #69O

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

 [Definitives - Classic Edition, type ]

Scott: #????O

Issued: 06.03.2021

Classic Stamps 1899

[Emperor Franz Josef I, 1830-1916 - Value in  Inside #????: Austria #83O

[Emperor Franz Josef I, 1830-1916 - Value in  Inside #????: Austria #81O

Thanks to Komlóssy Zoltán

austria       sheetlet 9.24 21

Scott: #B????O

Issued: 24.09.2021

Stamp Day 2021 / 100th Anniversary of the V.O.Ph

sos austria B278  1952 Inside #???? (in margin): Austria #B278O

sos austria B303  1961 Inside #???? (in margin): Austria #B303P

sos austria B327  1971 Inside #???? (in margin): Austria #B327O

sos austria B371  2001Inside #???? (in margin): Austria #B371P

sos austria B357  1991 Inside #???? (in margin): Austria #B357O

#B344 Inside #???? (in margin): Austria #B343O

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

ÖST2021W3643-4 (1)

Scott: #????O

Issued: 22.10.2021

Classic Stamps 1905

ÖST1905M122 Inside #????: Austria #89P

ÖST1905M132 Inside #????: Austria #105O

Thanks to Zoltán Komlóssy

[Definitives from 1908, type ]

Scott: #????O

Issued: 05.03.2022

Classic Stamps 1908

[The 60th Anniversary of the Reign of Emperor Franz Josef I, type AJ] Inside #????: Austria #127O

[The 60th Anniversary of the Reign of Emperor Franz Josef I, type W] Inside #????: Austria #111P

Scott: #2999O

Issued: 01.07.2022


 Inside #2999 (In margin): Austria #P1O

About Mercury (1851-2022)

Mercurius, Mercury, Hermes: the god of trade and messenger. His portrait graces the first newspaper stamps and even in 2022 his symbolic power for philately and postal services remains intact.

The famous "Mercures" issued from 1851 to 1856 served as inspiration for the innovative philatelic reinterpretation of the ancient messenger of the gods. In line with this meaning, the world's first newspaper stamps served exclusively to pay for newspaper shipping. 2022 marks yet another milestone with this miniature sheet.

The sheet was designed by crypto artist ARI PRATAMA and the publisher ENCODE Graphics. Founded in 2021 by Austrian crypto artist PR1MAL CYPHER, it is the first book and art publisher to combine the digital world of NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) and the crypto scene with physical comics. The results of this connection, also coveted for their digital uniqueness, are called "phygitals".

With the new Crypto stamp Art, world-famous crypto artists will be integrated into the world of philately in the near future. For collectors, this will create attractive opportunities to find and appreciate their treasures in both worlds.


Lou Wrote: You should change the scan for the SoS to "Austria P4-- design component:  Mercury head only", per the attached. The Mercury head on the s/s is red, not blue as the #P1 ID that Martin sent.

 Inside #2999 (In margin): Austria #P4O

I adding #P4 here because both of them are wonderful stamps. But, I stick to my approach, that when there is no clear presentation of a particular stamp, I present the first stamp from the series.

Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl

austria 9.14.22

Scott: #????O

Issued: 14.09.2022

Stamp Day

sos austria 119a  1913 Inside #????: Austria #119aP

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #????O

Issued: 03.10.2022

Treasures from the postal archive: first Austrian art exhibit 1947 ????: Austria SW #842 Austria never issued (1946?) Austria never issued (1946?)

Thanks to Richelmi Plinio and Lou Guadagno

[Definitives of 1916 and 1918, type ]

Scott: #????O

Issued: 04.03.2023

Classic Stamps

ÖST1916M188fny Inside #????: Austria #148PP

ÖST1916M199 Inside #????: Austria #159P

Thanks to Zoltán Komlóssy

austria      5.5.23

Scott: #????O

Issued: 05.05.2023

Stamp Day

sos austria 370  1934 Inside #????: Austria #370P

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #????O

Issued: 21.02.2024

Classic Stamps Stamps of the Monarchy 1917-19

 Inside #????: Austria #166O

 Inside #????: Austria #167O

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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Austria Stamps 1986 - 1996


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Austria #P4 for Austria, Niger, Ajman, Lesotho, Central Africa


Austria Type N1 for Hungary

austria-hungary 33  1867

Austria-Hungary #33 for Hungary


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sos austria B5  1915

Austria #B5 for Czech Rep.

sos austria 53  1890

Austria #53

sos austria 65   1896

Austria #65

sos austria 69  1891

Austria #69

[Emperor Franz Josef I, 1830-1916 - Value in

Austria #81

[Emperor Franz Josef I, 1830-1916 - Value in

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Austria #105

[The 60th Anniversary of the Reign of Emperor Franz Josef I, type AJ]

Austria #127


Austria #144 for Chad

Austria #166

Austria #167

Austria #B76

#B110 for B268

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Austria #B272


Austria #B278

#525 for #B370

Austria #525

sos austria B327  1971

Austria #B327


Austria #B335 for Liberia


Austria #B338 for Liberia


Austria #B343 + for Korea north


Austria #B347

sos austria B357  1991

Austria #B357


Austria #B369


Austria #B370aO


Austria #1005


Austria #1146 for Korea north

[Birds - The 25th Anniversary of the Austrian World Wildlife Foundation, Scrivi BDC]

Austria 1988 for Sierra Leone

Austria #1647

Austria #1648

Austria #1709

Austria #1720

Austria #1779

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Austria #1888


Austria #1934O

Austria #2015

Austria #2109

Austria #2119

Austria #2127

Austria #2147

Austria #2162

Austria #2171

Austria #2250

Austria #2256

Austria #2262

Austria #2286

Austria #2299

[Definitives - Classic Edition, type ]

Austria #???? (2021)

austria       sheetlet 9.24 21

Austria #B???? (2021)

ÖST2021W3643-4 (1)

Austria #???? (2021)

[Definitives from 1908, type ]

Austria #???? (2022)

Austria #???? (2022)

austria 9.14.22

Austria #???? (2022)

[Definitives of 1916 and 1918, type ]

Scott: #????O

Scott: #????O

austria      5.5.23

Austria #???? (2023)

Austria #???? (2024)


2005 austria personalized stamp mm

Austria unlisted personalized stamps 2005 for Guinea





Lombardy-Venetia #1 for Italy

Lombardy-Venetia #14

austria--lombardy-venitia # 22  1864

Lombardy-Venetia #22


Austria Telegraph stamp of 1873

(Michel Telegraph stamp #6)

for Hungary


st vincent ss 2v--sos austria military field post M23  1915

Austria Military Field Post #M23 for St. Vincent Grenadines