Postage stamps and postal history of Liechtenstein

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A 1912 stamp of Austria for use in Liechtenstein.
A 1921 mint stamp of the Principality of Liechtenstein depicting Gutenberg Castle.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Liechtenstein.

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked alpine microstate in Western Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east. Its area is just over 160 km² (about 61 square miles), and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz; the biggest town is Schaan.

Austrian stamps[edit]

Austrian stamps were valid in Liechtenstein until 31 January 1921.[1]

Stamps of the Principality of Liechtenstein[edit]

The first stamps of the Principality of Liechtenstein were issued in 1912. Regular definitive and commemorative stamps have been issued since then and the Liechtenstein royal family has been a popular subject. After World War I and the dissolution of Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Post Office became independent, but later was associated with Switzerland. The stamp issues of the country were not interrupted by the Second World War.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Part 8 Italy & Switzerland. 6th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2003, pp. 214-259. ISBN 0-85259-554-9

Further reading[edit]

  • Adams, Bertrand. 50 Jahre liechtensteinische Postwertzeichen, 1912-1962: Jubiläums-Festschrift. Vaduz: Selbstverlag der Fürstlichen Regierung, 1962 381p.
  • Diggelmann, Walter. 75 Jahre Liechtenstein-Briefmarken, 1912-1987. Vaduz: Postmuseum des Furstentums Liechtenstein, 1987 146p.
  • Dittrich, Gerhard. Lexikon zur Liechtenstein Philatelie. Reutlingen: Ring der Liechtensteinsammler, 1967 180p.
  • Liechtensteinische Post Aktiengesellschaft. Principality of Liechtenstein, Postage stamps and postal history. Vadus: Liechtensteinische Post Aktiengesellschaft, 2000 26p.
  • Zinsmeister, Marian Carne. Liechtenstein stamps and their background, 1912-1973. Lemont, Pa.: Society of Philatelic Americans, 1975 88p.
  • Zumstein. Katalog Schweiz/Liechtenstein, Campione und Vereinte Nationen, Genf = Catalogue Suisse/Liechtenstein, Campione et Nations Unies, Genève. Annual.

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