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Minerals and Rocks – Croatia

Croatian Post issued a postage stamp from the new series titled “Minerals and Rocks“.

The “cornerstones” of the new series are two postage stamps depicting agate found near the city of Lepoglava and limestone from the island of Bra?. The featured samples are from the mineralogical-petrographic collection of the Croatian Natural History Museum.

Stone Top (or Gaveznica) is a fossil volcano near Lepoglava, formed about 22 million years, where agate was first discovered in Croatia, because of which the site was declared a geological natural monument. The stone itself was used as early as the Stone Age, made evident by tools found in nearby caves. It comes in shades varying from light blue to gray and black and is, like many other types of agate, very popular in jewelry making.

Calcite is one of the most common minerals and is mostly found in limestone which forms some of Croatia’s most beautiful mountains. The famous stone from the island of Bra?, sometimes referred to as “Bra? marble,” has been known since ancient times and was used in the construction of many notable structures, such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split or the parliament buildings in Vienna and Budapest.

Title: Minerals and Rocks – Croatia
Date of Issue: 22 October 2010
Country: Croatia
Denominations: HRK 3,10

Source: www.posta.hr

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