Australia 2000 Sydney Athens Joint Issue
From Stamps of the World
- Issue Date: 15 September 2000
- Designed by: Lynda Warner
- Printed by: SNP Ausprint
- Print Process: Lithography
- Perforations: 14 x 14¼
- Stamp Size: 30.55 mm x 30 mm (50.55 mm x 50 mm with tab)
- Format: sheets of 20 with tabs (labels)
- Withdrawal date: 30 September 2001
This issue commemorates the hand over of the Olympic flag from Sydney to Athens. The flag ceremony symbolises the transfer of responsibility for the Olympic Games to Athens, the host city for the 2004 Olympic Games. The issue was launched at Olymphilex 2000;, the official stamp and coin exhibition for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
There are two stamps in the issue, the Parthenon (45c) and the Sydney Opera House ($1.50). Both were available with title tabs and as P Stamps. The design uses graphic and photographic images incorporating the Olympic flame, the Olympic flag and views of the two host cities Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). Shared elements unify the design. The $1.50 stamp is intended for overseas mail and incorporates the International Post signifier.
The personalized (P) stamps were issued on sheets with a decorative selvedge. These sheets were also produced with the printed title tabs.
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmarks were Sydney NSW 2000 and Athens.