Austria Post issued a stamp with an other-worldly rock; this stamp contained 0.03 grams of meteorite dust. The dust came from a 19 kilogram stony meteorite found in Morocco in 2004. The meteorite is composed of olivine, a mineral chemically defined as magnesium iron silicate. The gemstone known as peridot is an example of gem-quality olivine.
The meteorite was crushed into a very fine dust, which was then hand-affixed to the stamp using a special adhesive. The stamp issue, called Mail From a Different World. Issued in miniature sheet inside a small folder as issued.
Part of the meteor’s tail extends onto the border area of this sheet. According to Austria Post, the unused portion of the meteorite is on display at the Vienna Natural History Museum, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of meteorites.
Unique Unusual extraordinary souvenir.