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TAAF Mineral Stamps


Every year since 1989, (except 1992) a stamp or stamps featuring a rock, mineral or gemstone that can be found in the TAAF region has been issued. Initially these were issued with higher value but for some time now the stamp values have been more or less make-up values: never enough for the full price to post a letter even within the region. But lately LaPoste have been issuing these stamps in pairs with denominations that together, would be enough for the economy rate for a small letter.

Pierre Forget was the engraver for the start of the series up until his death in 2005. In fact, the TAAF Agate stamp was his last issued stamps. Mr Forget was a well known French artist and illustrator who engraved several stamps over the course of his long career. Since then, Elsa Catelin, Line Filhon and Claude Perchat have designed stamps for the series.

It is an interesting series of stamps for me because I collect both TAAF stamps and stamps with minerals on them.




Pyroxène

Issued: 2017-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V) x2
Designer: Claude Perchat

Locale: ---
Formula: XY(Si,Al)2O6

Sphene

Issued: 2016-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V) x2
Designer: Claude Perchat

Locale: ---
Formula: CaTiSiO5

Beryl

Issued: 2015-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V) x2
Designer: Claude Perchat

Locale: ---
Formula: Be3Al2(SiO3)6

Fluorine

Issued: 2014-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V) x2
Designer: Claude Perchat

Locale: ---
Formula: CaF2

Hematite

Issued: 2013-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V) x2
Designer: Line Filhon

Locale: ---
Formula: Fe2O3

Diopside

Issued: 2012-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V) x2
Designer: Line Filhon

Locale: Adelie Land, Kerguelen
Formula: MgCaSi2O6

Zircon

Issued: 2011-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H) x2
Designer: Line Filhon

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: ZrSiO4

Tourmaline

Issued: 2010-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Elsa Catelin

Locale: Adelie Land, Kerguelen
Formula: ---

Pyrite

Issued: 2009-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Elsa Catelin

Locale: Adelie Land, Kerguelen
Formula: FeS2

Spinel

Issued: 2008-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Elsa Catelin

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: MgAl2O4

Corundum

Issued: 2007-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Elsa Catelin

Locale: Adelie Land, Kerguelen
Formula: Al2O3

Rutile

Issued: 2006-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Elsa Catelin

Locale: Adelie Land, Kerguelen
Formula: TiO2

Agate

Issued: 2005-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Crozet, Kerguelen
Formula: SiO2

Chalcedony

Issued: 2004-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: SiO2

Apatite

Issued: 2003-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Adelie Land, Crozet, Kerguelen, St Paul and Amsterdam
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3(F,Cl,OH)

Nepheline

Issued: 2002-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: (Na,K)AlSiO4

Magnetite

Issued: 2001-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Adelie Land, Kerguelen
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4

Mica

Issued: 2000-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Adelie Land, Crozet, Kerguelen, St Paul and Amsterdam
Formula: ---

Epidote

Issued: 1999-01-01
Size: 26mm x 36mm (V)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}[O|OH|SiO4|Si2O7]

Quartz Crystals

Issued: 1998-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Adelie Land, Crozet, Kerguelen
Formula: SiO2

Amethyst

Issued: 1997-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen, Adelie Land
Formula: SiO2

Amazonite

Issued: 1996-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: KAlSi3O8

Olivine

Issued: 1995-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen, Crozet
Formula: (Mg, Fe)2SiO4

Cordierite

Issued: 1994-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen, Adelie Land
Formula: (Mg,Fe)2Al4Si5O18

Almandine Garnet

Issued: 1993-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Adelie Land, Kerguelen
Formula: Fe3Al2Si3O12

Mordenite

Issued: 1991-01-01
Size: ---
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: (Ca, Na2, K2)Al2Si10O24·7H2O

Aragonite

Issued: 1990-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: CaCO3

Mesolite

Issued: 1989-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: Na2Ca2(Al2Si3O10)3·8H2O

Analcime

Issued: 1989-01-01
Size: 36mm x 26mm (H)
Designer: Pierre Forget

Locale: Kerguelen
Formula: NaAlSi2O6·H2O


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