Austria Post is known for its innovative stamps and as an Unusual Stamps collector I always love to add them to my collection. Knowing this, my friend Mr. Opperer from Austria recently surprised me with the above nice Aviation themed Mint stamp.
The mint stamp shown above was to commemorate the 50th years of the first Austrian Airlines flight and is also the First Scratch Stamp issued by Austria Post. The Austrian Airlines is a national carrier of Austria and the First flight took-off on 31st March from Vienna to London in the year 1958. When scrached, one would find a 4 digit code. Five thousand winners got a chance to win an awesome model of Airbus 320. As a 3 digit code winners, there were free flights for 1 person from most of the main cities of the world - including Mumbai, India. If we did not win anything, we could still the stamp on covers. The stamp was issued in February, 2008. Too bad, I got it just recently and could not participate :)
Thanks Opperer, it is now a jewel in my collection.
The cover too has 2 unusual stamps,
175 years of Mountain University commemorative stamp and
50 Years of Man on Space stamp
Both are silver foiled stamps.