Introducing...
The Austrian Philatelic Society

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The Austrian Philatelic Society is a truly international organization of some 200 members, one third of whom live outside the UK. Our object is to cater for every aspect of Austrian philately, from the beginnings of the postal system to the latest issues and from the Postal History of all the territories within the Habsburg Empire before 1918 to studies of interest to Thematic (Topical) collectors. The Austrian Philatelic Society has Local Groups, which hold regular meetings in such places as York and London; it also holds an annual philatelic and social weekend in different parts of the country.

The history of the Austrian Philatelic Society is briefly described here, in both English and German. If you want to read about Privacy, Cookies, Rules and Regulations, here they are.

Our quarterly journal AUSTRIA has achieved international recognition as the foremost English language publication on the subject. There is a comprehensive and specialized Library (400 items and growing!) available to members. A flourishing Exchange Packet operates, through which members add to their collections or dispose of surplus material. Because of tax and insurance limitations, circulation of the packet is restricted to UK members, but EU members can (and do) sell through the packet and also buy or sell through the quarterly Auction, which offers a wide range of interesting material.

The Society runs four lively postal auctions each year. Typically each auction has around 500 lots, with a wide range of Austrian Empire and Republic material providing something for everyone. Starting prices range from £2 to £200 and are kept well below those of commercial auctions. Typically an auction features the material of fifteen to twenty Members, with forty to fifty Members bidding.

We have stocks of all back numbers of AUSTRIA, although earlier copies (and a few later ones) are available only as photocopies. Many new members like to buy these, as together they form an extremely comprehensive handbook. Prices are printed inside the back cover of AUSTRIA, as are details of other publications. Both the Club Rule Book and the Library list are sent to new members.

Annual Subscriptions are 20GBP per year for second-class post within UK and airmail to European Union; or 23GBP per year for airmail to elsewhere. The membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March; subscriptions must be paid by September. Members joining between 1st April and 31st December receive all the back numbers for the calendar year in which they join plus the Spring issue of the year following. Members joining between January and March are credited through to 31st March of the year following.

Please send applications & subscriptions to the Membership Secretary. Cheques (in Sterling drawn on a UK bank) should be made payable to "APS". If you want to pay by some other means such as Visa, Mastercard, bank transfer or Paypal, email the Treasurer who will explain what is and isn't possible. Some choices will incur a surcharge.

The Society provides various other services to members, including arranging subscriptions to "Die Briefmarke" (Vienna) and other literature, advising on all manner of philatelic problems and giving opinions on authenticity. If in doubt, please ask. We will be pleased to try to help.

 
To join the Austrian Philatelic Society: Click this box, which takes you to the Membership Application Form. Complete on line, or print-and-post. We do the rest! Back to Austrian Stamps Homepage

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