Australia 2004 Christmas

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  • Issue Date : 1 November 2004
  • Designed by : Jeanette Fallon
  • Printed by : SNP Sprint
  • Print Process : Lithography
  • Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm


Description

Since the first Christmas stamps were issued in Australia in 1957 there have been many different interpretations of the traditional Christmas story. This year, the Christmas stamps were designed by graphic designer Jeanette Fallon whose designs convey the joy of Christmas.

The familiar symbols and characters of the Nativity are the central elements of each design. These elements are combined with symbols reminiscent of Christmas decorations reminding us that the common themes of the secular and religious observances during the holiday season are celebration, joy. happiness, love, caring and living in harmony.

The designs are deliberately intricate and detailed. Surfaces are ornamented and embellished. The use of gold alludes to the richness of religious icons; the depth of colour captures the richness of Christmas baubles.

Each stamp glitters like a precious treasure to mark Christmas 2004.

Stamps

Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations: 14¾ x 14, 14 x 14¾ ($1)
  • Formats: sheets of 50
45c Madonna and Child
$1 Magi

Self-adhesive Stamps

  • Perforations: serpentine die cut 11¼ syncopated
  • Formats: booklets of 5 ($1) or 20 (45c)

Single Stamps

45c Madonna and Child
$1 Magi

Booklets

Booklet pane of 20 x 45c Madonna and Child
$9 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 5 x $1 Magi
$5 booklet cover


First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Christmas Hills VIC 3775. A first day cover for the self-adhesive varieties was not officially produced.

First day cover - sheet stamps

Maximum Cards

Maximum card - 45c Madonna and Child
Maximum card - 50c Shepherds
Maximum card - $1 Magi


Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 3 values