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Early Austrian stamps (1850-1918, aka the Austro-Hungarian Empire) are very likely one of the most common causes of headache for most worldwide stamp collectors.  I confess it took me years to get a somewhat decent grip of issued main types, and I’m still far away from being an expert with these stamps. But here’s some tidbits I’ve learned over the years. Stamps without country name One of the first things most stamp collectors notice is that very early Austrian stamps do not contain any inscription for country name.  There is a very specific reason for this… Until the Austro-Hungarian Compromise in 1867, Austrian stamps were also valid in whole Austrian Empire (meaning Hungary and some German state areas where they were used even after the establishment of sovereign postal rights until 1871 and in Liechtenstein until 1912). Country name began appearing in Austrian stamps as late as in 1883.  Before […]

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