Australia 2003 Christmas

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  • Issue Date: 31 October 2003
  • Designed by: Sally Morgan, Perth
  • Printed by: SNP Sprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Dimensions: 26mm x 37.5mm
  • Perforation : 15.6 x 13.86


Description

The first Christmas stamps issued in Australia were in 1957. Since that time many and varied traditional Christmas stamps have been produced. This year the design has come from Sally Morgan, an Indigenous artist, incorporating her use of brilliant colour and distinctive style, creating a truly 'Aussie' set of Christmas stamps.


Stamps

The stamp designs illustrate scenes from the story of the birth of Christ.

Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations: 14½ x 14
  • Format: sheets of 50
45c Mary and the Baby Jesus
90c Angel Appearing to Shepherds

Self-adhesive Stamp

  • Perforations: serpentine die cut 11½ x 11¼
  • Format: booklet of 20 plus 20 "card only" labels
45c Mary and the Baby Jesus

Booklet

$9 booklet front cover
$9 booklet back cover

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Christmas Hills VIC 3775

First day cover - sheet stamps

Maximum Cards

45c maximum card
50c maximum card
90c maximum card


Presentation Pack

The pack also doubled as a greeting card.

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 3 values