Fossils, dinosaurs and flint tool on official and personalized stamps of Liechtenstein
, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein, is a doubly
landlocked German-speaking microstate in Central Europe.
It is a constitutional monarchy with the rank of principality, headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein is bordered by
to the west and south and
to the east and north.
It has an area of just over 160 square kilometres and an estimated population of 37,000.
Divided into 11 municipalities, its capital is Vaduz and its largest municipality is Schaan.
The country has a strong financial sector centered in Vaduz.
Liechtenstein is a member of the European Free Trade Association, and
while not being a member of the European Union, the country
participates in both the Schengen Area and European Economic Area.
It also has a customs union and a monetary union with Switzerland
Austrian stamps were valid in Liechtenstein until 31 January 1921.
The first stamps of the Principality of Liechtenstein were issued in 1912.
Official stamps of Liechtenstein related to Paleontology: fossils
|02.06.2003 "Reopening of the national museum" 
 Ammonite fossil shown on stamp with face value 1.20F.
Some personalized stamps of Liechtenstein related to Paleontology: dinosaurs, petrified wood
[SP1] This stamp was produced and sold by a German philatelic dealer.
with integrated gem stone of epidosite
Epidosite is a metamorphic rock made of quartz and epidote.
The gemstone is in the shape of a dinosaur egg.
As the stone is embedded in the stamp, it was impossible to produce a good scan of the stamp.
After several trials, I just photographed it with my smart phone.
The stamp is delivered in a plastic box
to keep the stone and stamp safe.
[SP2] Personalized stamp of Liechtenstein, produced by a German philatelic dealer,
with real piece of petrified wood on the top-right corner.
DENDROLITH is just another word for petrified wood.
Other stamps to consider: flint tool
[A1] The dagger, stamp with face value of 100, was made of flint,
"prehistoric man’s steel", in the Neolithic period (12.000 years ago -6.000 years ago).
Experts assume that it was imported from Monti Lessini at Lake Garda by
people belonging to the Horgen culture who lived on the Schellenberg-Borscht site.
The lancet-shaped blade which has a broken-off tip is eleven centimetres long and the organic handle is missing.
The dagger is important evidence of the trade relations that were conducted over long distances by
the Neolithic inhabitants of the Alpine Rhine Valley.
Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his valuable comments.