Australia 2000 Olympic Sports

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  • 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.


Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations: 14½ x 14
  • Format: sheetlets of 10 se-tenant

Single Stamps

45c Tennis
45c Rowing


Sheetlet of 10 x 45c
Sheetlet of 10 x 45c overprinted "OLYMPHILEX 2000'

Self-adhesive Stamps

  • Perforations: 11½ x 11¼
  • Format: booklets of 10

Single Stamps

45c Swimming
45c Gymnastics
45c Basketball
45c Triathlon
45c Athletics
45c Rowing
45c Water Polo
45c Field Hockey
45c Equestrian
45c Tennis


$4.50 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 10 x 45c

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.

First day cover - 5 x 45c
First day cover - 5 x 45c
Postal numismatic cover - 45c Athletics
Postal numismatic cover - 45c Swimming

Postal Stationery

Stamped Envelope

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International rate stamped envelope


Maximum Cards

45c Water Polo maximum card
45c Field Hockey maximum card
45c Swimming maximum card
45c Basketball maximum card
45c Triathlon maximum card
45c Equestrian maximum card
45c Tennis maximum card
45c Gymnastics maximum card
45c Athletics maximum card
45c Rowing maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack - sheetlet of 10 x 45c
Presentation pack back cover