Australia 2003 Celebration & Nation

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  • Issue Date: 7 January 2003
  • Printed by: SNP Sprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Perforations: 14.5 x 14.0
  • Stamp size: 30mm x 30mm (50mm x 30mm with tab)
  • Format: sheets of 20


Description[edit]

These new tabbed stamp designs are being issued to accommodate the increase in postage rates. There are ten stamps in the issue, nine designs at the base rate and one for large letters. ‘Car’ is the only design without a counterpart in previous issues. It was added to the range to meet customers’ requests for more overtly masculine designs for sending by, or to, men and boys.


Stamps[edit]

As is usual for stamps with tabs, these will be issued with decorative tabs as sheets for Personalised Stamps service. Sheets issued for sale in post offices will be printed in three multi-design issue sheets and have a plain, 10 mm selvedge.

Daisy[edit]

  • Designed by: Fragile Design
50c Daisy
50c Daisy with tab

Happy Ever After (Gold)[edit]

  • Designed by: Chris Shurey
50c Happy Ever After (Gold)
50c Happy Ever After (Gold) with tab

Romance[edit]

  • Designed by: Symone Lambert
50c Romance
50c Romance with tab

Happy Birthday[edit]

  • Designed by: Chris Shurey
50c Happy Birthday
50c Happy Birthday with tab

Teddy[edit]

  • Designed by: Chris Shurey
50c Teddy
50c Teddy with tab

Let's Party[edit]

  • Designed by: Fragile Design
50c Let's Party
50c Let's Party with tab

Kangaroo & Flag[edit]

  • Designed by: Hannah Mattner
50c Kangaroo & Flag
50c Kangaroo & Flag with tab

Australia & Globe[edit]

  • Designed by: Hannah Mattner
50c Australia & Globe
50c Australia & Globe with tab

Car[edit]

  • Designed by: Hannah Mattner
  • Illustrated by: Fredd Briggs
50c Car
50c Car with tab

Happy Ever After (Silver)[edit]

  • Designed by: Chris Shurey
$1 Happy Ever After (Silver)
$1 Happy Ever After (Silver) with tab

Se-tenant Strips[edit]

Se-tenant strip of 3 x 50c with tabs (Daisy, Happy Ever After (Gold) and Romance)
Se-tenant strip of 3 x 50c with tabs (Happy Birthday, Teddy and Let's Party)
Se-tenant strip of 3 x 50c with tabs (Kangaroo & Flag, Australia & Globe, and Car)


First Day Covers[edit]

The first day of issue postmark was Happy Valley SA 5159.

First day cover - 6 x 50c
First day cover - 4 values

Maximum Cards[edit]

Maximum cards were officially produced for only four of the issues.

50c Happy Ever After (Gold) maximum card
50c Happy Birthday maximum card
50c Teddy maximum card
50c Kangaroo & Flag maximum card


Presentation Pack[edit]

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 10 values


[edit]
  • Issue date: February 2003

Each booklet includes 20 stamps, in five panes of four stamps (with decorative tabs) and 20 seals. The stamp panes are interleaved with beautiful images and evocative text selected to enhance the booklet’s theme.

Celebrations Booklet

  • 50c Let's Party stamp
Celebrations booklet front cover
Celebrations booklet back cover

Love Booklet

  • 50c Romance stamp
Love booklet front cover
Love booklet back cover

Friendship Booklet

  • 50c Daisy stamp
Friendship booklet front cover
Friendship booklet back cover

Birthdays Booklet

  • 50c Happy Birthday stamp
Birthdays booklet front cover
Birthdays booklet back cover

Weddings (Standard Envelopes) Booklet

  • 50c Happy Ever After (Gold) stamp
Weddings 50c booklet front cover
Weddings 50c booklet back cover

Weddings (Large Envelopes) Booklet

  • 50c Happy Ever After (Silver) stamp
Weddings $1 booklet front cover
Weddings $1 booklet back cover

My Baby Booklet

  • Issue date: 31 October 2003
  • 50c Teddy stamp
My Baby booklet front cover
My Baby booklet back cover
  • Issue date: March 2004
  • 50c Australia & Globe stamp

Australia Post marked the 2004 AFL season with a series of official souvenir booklets. Each booklet will include 20 x 50c Australia and Globe stamps and 20 stickers. Each club’s booklet will be personalised with pages of text and images about the club and its star players interleaved with the stamp panes. The stamp tabs will be printed with images of team members nominated by their club.

Adelaide Crows prestige booklet front cover
Brisbane Lions prestige booklet front cover
Carlton Blues prestige booklet front cover
Collingwood Magpies prestige booklet front cover
Essenden Bombers prestige booklet front cover
Fremantle Dockers prestige booklet front cover
Geelong Cats prestige booklet front cover
Hawthorn Hawks prestige booklet front cover
North Melbourne Kangaroos prestige booklet front cover
Melbourne Demons prestige booklet front cover
Port Adelaide Power prestige booklet front cover
Richmond Tigers prestige booklet front cover
St Kilda Saints prestige booklet front cover
Sydney Swans prestige booklet front cover
West Coast Eagles prestige booklet front cover
Western Bulldogs prestige booklet front cover


Each booklet has 20 x 50c stamps and information related to its star sign, including personality traits, attitudes to life, and likes and dislikes.The colours, stones, flowers, trees and animals significant to each zodiac sign are also listed, along with well-known people born under the sign.

Capricorn

  • 50c Celebrate stamp
  • Issue date: January 2005

A Capricorn takes great satisfaction in a job well done with a strong sense of responsibility and a spiritual quest to understand the needs of others.

Capricorn prestige booklet front cover
50c Celebrate stamp with Capricorn tab

Aquarius

  • 50c Australia & Globe stamp
  • Issue date: January 2005

An Aquarius tends to be inventive and a humanitarian with an originality that is both idealistic and practical.

Aquarius prestige booklet front cover
50c Australia & Globe stamp with Aquarius tab

Pisces

  • 50c Daisy stamp
  • Issue date: January 2005

Pisces are sensitive and intuitive dreamers with a genuine love of helping and nurturing those around them.

Pisces prestige booklet front cover
50c Daisy stamp with Pisces tab

Aries

  • 50c Australia & Globe stamp
  • Issue date: March 2005

Most energetic of the fire signs, Arians are ambitious extroverts with generous hearts.

Aries prestige booklet front cover
50c Australia & Globe stamp with Aries tab

Taurus

  • 50c Daisy stamp
  • Issue date: March 2005

Taureans represent practical reality: secure, stubborn, conservative and lovers of luxury.

Taurus prestige booklet front cover
50c Daisy stamp with Taurus tab

Gemini

  • 50c Let's Party stamp
  • Issue date: March 2005

Lively, intelligent, lovers of excitement; often described as thrill-seekers.

Gemini prestige booklet front cover
50c Let's Party stamp with Gemini tab

Cancer

  • 50c Celebrate stamp
  • Issue date: May 2005

Nurturing, protective, and tenacious with strong values and traditional roots.

Cancer prestige booklet front cover
50c Celebrate stamp with Cancer tab

Leo

  • 50c Let's Party stamp
  • Issue date: May 2005

Exude creative energy. Also seen as warm-hearted but with a strong sense of drama.

Leo prestige booklet front cover
50c Let's Party stamp with Leo tab

Virgo

  • 50c Daisy stamp
  • Issue date: May 2005

Conservative and practical in all things, they are, above all else, perfectionists.

Virgo prestige booklet front cover
50c Daisy stamp with Virgo tab

Libra

  • 50c Daisy stamp
  • Issue date: June 2005

Charming and easy-going diplomats, they can be indecisive and easily influenced.

Libra prestige booklet front cover
50c Daisy stamp with Libra tab

Scorpio

  • 50c Romance stamp
  • Issue date: June 2005

They are natural investigators. Scorpians are also loyal and committed but can be moody.

Scorpio prestige booklet front cover
50c Romance stamp with Scorpio tab

Sagittarius

  • 50c Let's Party stamp
  • Issue date: June 2005

Optimistic and adaptable. Can sometimes be tactless but they are still true visionaries.

Sagittarius prestige booklet front cover
50c Let's Party stamp with Sagittarius tab