New Australia Post stamps showing Australian gold medallists Anna Meares, Stephanie Rice and Ben Kersten.
Australia Post is attempting to create philatelic history with the release of a new series of stamps each day, featuring highlights of the Commonwealth Games from the previous day.
The first release of five stamps features images from the spectacular Opening Ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Each day of the Commonwealth Games a series showing any Australian gold medal winners from the previous day's events will be issued.
The stamp sheets featuring five 50 cent stamps are available from selected Australia Post outlets in Melbourne, and are available a further 24 hours later at Australia Post outlets in other metropolitan cities. The stamp sheet will be available for $2.50.
The five images featured on the first set of stamps include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reading her message to the athletes, the magnificent flying tram, one of the giant fish on the Yarra, two koalas rowing aboard a flying thong, and a panoramic view inside the MCG with fireworks above.
”A dedicated team of designers has been working around the clock since the Opening Ceremony to guarantee that we have captured the best possible images on these stamps,” stated Mr Noel Leahy, Group Manager Philatelic, Australia Post. “The printing presses and our delivery teams have also been working overtime to ensure that the stamps reached their destination at the Melbourne GPO for the promised midday delivery.”
The Opening Ceremony stamp sheetlet is Number 1 in a series of instant stamp sheetlets that Australia Post will issue over the next two weeks.
For every day of competition during which Australia wins a gold medal, Australia Post will issue a sheetlet featuring a stamp of every gold medallist.
There will be also be a sheetlet of five stamps issued for the Closing Ceremony and a final sheetlet of 10 stamps featuring the Most Memorable Moment of the Games as voted by an independent panel of experts.
“Due to the number of gold medals that Australia is expected to win during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, we expect to set a world record of our own for the most number of stamps produced in such a short period of time,” added Mr Leahy. “This is the largest stamp program ever mounted in support of a single event.”
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