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The Principality of Liechtenstein lies between Austria and Switzerland, having Vaduz as capital. It took part in the Austrian postal services from 1770, and used the Austrian Empire issues when stamps were introduced. It issued its own first stamps in February 1912 with the inscription “K.K. Oesterr. Post im Fürstentum Liechtenstein” and the image of Prince Johann II - who was the monarch at the time. The stamps were designed by Koloman Moser and printed in Austria.
The Prince Johann II 1912 issues were perforated and printed over chalky paper, are quite common and do not hold a high catalogue value (over half a million copies were printed for the 5 Heller). They were re-printed three years later with a common paper, and are more valuable than the first printings (just over 90 thousand copies were printed for the 5 Heller). The celebration of 100 years of stamps in the principality appeared in a commemorative issue in 2012, containing pictures of the four princes who reigned during the period.
The values of Liechtenstein’s first stamps were in the Austrian currency, the Heller. Given the principality’s customs union with Switzerland, the value in the stamps changed to Swiss Francs in 1921. During that year, some Swiss stamps were used in Liechtenstein. Clear Liechtensteiner cancel on Swiss issues are very scarce and valuable.
Catalogue Value: Unused *, Used *
* 0.1 - 49 USD
** 50 - 99 USD
*** 100 - 499 USD
**** 500 - 999 USD
***** 1'000 - 9'999 USD
****** + 10'0000 USD
The First Issues Blog is a place to discuss about the stamp number 1 of each country, territory, district, etc. Each additional item to my new collection shall receive a small description about the item, its history and curiosities.
Note that I may add more than 1 'number one' stamp to a place. This happens as I judge that in the case of independence or any other political issue that changed the postal history or when I deemed interesting to do so. This will be noted on the posts when it happens.