Austria-Empire 1850

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  • Issue Date: 1 June 1850
  • Designed by: J. Herz
  • Engraving by: H. Tautenhayn
  • Printed by:
  • Print Process: Typography on Handmade paper (until ca 1854)
  • Perforations: Imperforate
  • Watermark: letters
  • Catalogue Michel N°s 1X-5X, Ferchenbauer 1-5 Handpapier

KK Post means Imperial and Royal Post: the name Austria is not used, as the Empire is much larger than the historical Österreich. There are variations in design and colours (Dr Ulrich Ferchenbauer is the usual reference). Unused stamps are rare.


1 kreuzer

Shades between yellow and brown-orange.

1 kr lemon-yellow used at GRASLITZ in Bohemia.
1 kr orange used at Triest. Type Ia.
1 kr orange used at Sopron (Hungary). Type Ib.
1 kr brown-orange unused. Sold 3,600 SF in 1998 by Corinphila. Mi1Xc.

2 kreuzer

2 kr black unused. Type III.
2 kr black used at LISSA in Croatia. Ferchenbauer type Ia.
2 kr black used in Vienna.
2 kr black red used in Vienna. Mi2Xa.

3 kreuzer

Red or carmine shades.

Types I

The 3 touches the upperline of the frame around 3 kreuzer. Only on handmade paper.

DC used at LANGENLOIS in Lower Austria. Type Ib.
Fragment with blue linear and plume at WEITZ in Styria.
DC used at BREZNO in Slovakia.

Types III

The 3 is detached from the upperline of the frame around 3 kreuzer.

Type IIIa unused.
Carmine Type IIIa, Script linear at W. Neustadt in Lower Austria.
3 kr blassrot linear at Weiskirchen in Moravia.
Circle at LINZ in Upper Austria, unusual type RzS-R.
Circle at KREMSIER in Moravia.
DC used at MARCZALI in Hungary.


3 kr on the First day 1 June 1850. Proposed by Corinphila.
3 kr on a cover from an office in Styria closed 31-7-50: sold 1,300 SF by Corinphilla.

6 kreuzer

6 kr type Ia linear script cancel in Lower Austria.
6 kr linear script cancel in Vienna.


6 kr pair at OLLMÜTZ, Moravia

9 kreuzer

9 kr 2 types, see below

9 kreuzer type I

The 9 is below the level of KREUZER, and more or less close (between 0.3 and 1.2 mm).

Rare linear RL-r (Mueller 150 points) at IRSA in Hungary.
Dark blue linear IL-I (Mueller 60x2 points) at PETRINIA in Croatia.
Type RL-R at BIALA in Poland.

9 kreuzer type II

The 9 is at the level of KREUZER. Intermediate 1851 issue from the 3 kreuzer plate Druckstöckel.

Frame cancel of PESTH (Hungary).
Circle cancel of TRIENT (Italy).

9 kreuzer type III

The 9 is at the level of KREUZER. A white line around the coat of arms. The T in POST looks like a P.

Type IIIa, linear with date at REICHENAU in Bohemia.
9 kr linear with date at ZWITTAU in Moravia.
Decorated DC used at Kecskemet (HU) in Hungary.
Typ IIIa decorated DC used at Sahy (SK) in Slovakia.
Circle with Expedition at Brno (CZ) in Moravia.
9 kr type IIIb

Last R of KREUZER modified. Small dot lower right.

Linear (Script to be identified).
Antiqua linear with date at ZWITTAU in Moravia. Note the dot place.
Circle used at Novi Sad (RS) in Serbia.
Circle with Expedition at ST.PÖLTEN in Lower Austria.