Australia 2000 Olympic Sports
From Stamps of the World
- Issue Date: 17 August 2000
- Designed by: FHA Image Design
- Printed by: SNP Ausprint
- Print Process: Lithography
- Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
- Withdrawal date: 30 September 2001
This special stamp issue celebrates the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. The sheetlet of ten stamps captures the variety and vitality of the games themselves. The ten stamps in the issue depict male and female athletes engaged in individual and team sports. The range of sports covers those that are popular in Australia, sports introduced at the 2000 Olympic Games and sports in which Australians traditionally excel.
The design by FHA Image Design, Melbourne, incorporates the Olympic Rings and uses fluid imagery to represent the athletes and communicate the emotion, energy and grace of Olympic competition. The bold multi-coloured background calls to mind the atmosphere of exuberant celebration the Olympics create throughout the world. The illustrations extend beyond the body of the stamp into the selvedge. The logo commemorating the Centenary of Women in the Olympic Games is also printed in the selvedge.
- Perforations: 14½ x 14
- Format: sheetlets of 10 se-tenant
- Perforations: 11½ x 11¼
- Format: booklets of 10
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmark was Sydney NSW 2000. Official first day covers for the self-adhesive varieties were not produced.