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

Type IIIa unused.
3 kr used at KREMSIER in Moravia.
3 kr DC used at BREZNO in Slovakia.
3 kr DC used at MARCZALI in Hungary.


3 kr on the First day 1 June 1850. Proposed by Corinphila.

6 kreuzer

6 kr type Ia linear script cancel in Lower Austria.


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 in Hungary.
Blue linear IL-I in Croatia.
9 kreuzer KK 1850 type I c.jpg

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.

9 kr Typ III DC used in Hungary.
9 kr Typ IIIa DC used in Slovakia.
9 kr Typ IIIb circle used in Serbia.
9 kr Typ III circle with Expedition in Moravia.