Australia 2004 50th Anniversary of the Royal Tour of 1954

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  • Issue date: 13 April 2004
  • Designed by: Hannah Mattner
  • Printed by: SNP Sprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Perforations: 14½ x 14¼
  • Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm
  • Paper: Phosphorised
  • Format: sheetlets of 10


This issue celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the 1954 Royal Tour of Australia by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.


Several design elements reflect the historic tour of 1954 and style of the 7 1/2 d stamp issued by Australia Post to mark the event. This year’s stamp uses the same Dorothy Wilding portrait of the Queen used in the 1954 stamp. The stamp is printed using a deep, regal purple that evokes the printing of the 1954 intaglio stamp. And a symbolic sprig of wattle flows from the stamp into the selvedge, echoing the importance of the wattle as a motif during the 1954 tour.

50c Queen Elizabeth II
50c stamp with selvedge


  • Sheetlet size: 101mm x 156mm
Sheetlet of 10 x 50c

Prestige Booklet

  • sold at $10.95, a premium of 95c over the face value of the 20 stamps within

The prestige booklet features five stamp panes of four stamps each. The panes are interleaved with pages of text about, and images of, the 1954 royal tour. Each of the five panes features a different decorative border.

Prestige booklet front cover
Prestige pane of 4 x 50c
Welcoming the Queen
Prestige pane of 4 x 50c
Regal Occasions
Prestige pane of 4 x 50c
Meeting the People
Prestige pane of 4 x 50c
Meeting the People
Prestige pane of 4 x 50c
From the Tropics to Hinterland

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Fremantle WA 6160.

First day cover

Maximum Card

50c Queen Elizabeth II maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack of 10 x 50c