Australia

Christmas 2019
01 November 2019




Australia: Christmas 2019, 1 November 2019. Images from Australia Post.
Australia: Christmas 2019 (miniature sheet), 1 November 2019.

Technical specifications
Issue date:  1-November-2019
Issue withdrawal date:  31-December-2020
Denomination:  3 x 65c, 2 x $2.20
Religious stamp design:  Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Secular stamp design:  Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design:  Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed Tullis Russell
Paper: self-adhesive Securepost C100
Printer: religious  RA Printing
Printer: secular Egotrade
Printing process:  Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm):  26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm):  105 x 80
Sheetlet size (mm):  120 x 192
Perforations:  14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout:  Module of 50 and sheetlet of 10 (silver and red foiling)
FDI Postmark:  Merrylands, NSW 2160
FDI withdrawal date:  30-November-2019

Overview
Each year, we release Christmas stamps that celebrate the Christmas holiday, featuring both traditional and secular themes.

This year’s traditional Christmas stamps feature images from a magnificent French illuminated manuscript from the 15th century, one of the treasures of the University of Sydney Library. The two scenes from the Christmas story include the Adoration of the Magi and the Flight into Egypt.

The three secular designs in this issue are in the style of the traditional Japanese art of origami, or paper folding. They reflect more general aspects of Christmas cheer: a Christmas tree, star and gift.

The traditional Christmas stamps were designed by Simone Sakinofsky, and the secular designs are by Sonia Young, both from the Australia Post Design Studio.

Stamps in this issue
65c – Christmas Tree
65c – Star
65c – Flight into Egypt
This domestic Christmas-card-rate traditional Christmas stamp shows Joseph, Mary and Jesus escaping Herod’s wrath by fleeing to Egypt. Joseph leads the donkey carrying Mary and the swaddled infant Christ, while in the background Herod’s pursuing soldiers encounter a peasant tending a wheat crop. A legend relates how a field of wheat miraculously grew as the Holy Family passed. When questioned by the soldiers, the peasant could truthfully say that the trio went by when his crop was planted. Thinking they must be far ahead, the soldiers then abandoned the chase.
$2.20 – Adoration of the Magi
In the international-rate traditional Christmas stamp, we see the first episode of the featured manuscript, which occurred shortly after the birth of Christ, when three wise men from the east followed the guiding star to Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn Jesus. They kneel and bow before the tiny child seated on his mother’s lap, and offer precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. When King Herod heard of the birth of Christ he resolved to seek him out and kill him.
$2.20 – Gift
Christmas 2019 Religious minisheet
The Christmas 2019 minisheet consists of the two religious stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Australia: Christmas 2019 (embellished sheetlet 10x65c Star stamps).

The self-adhesive sheetlet contains 10 x 65c embellished Star stamps from the Christmas 2019 stamp issue.
The Star sheet contains silver foil highlights on the stamps and 10 “card only” stickers.
Seasonal greeting card rate applies to greeting cards enclosed in a sealed envelope and endorsed card only. Only available during November and December.

Australia: Christmas 2019 (embellished sheetlet 10x65c Christmas Tree stamps).

The self-adhesive sheetlet contains 10 x 65c Christmas Tree stamps from the Christmas 2019 stamp issue.
The Christmas Tree sheet contains red foil highlights on the stamps and 10 “card only” stickers.
Seasonal greeting card rate applies to greeting cards enclosed in a sealed envelope and endorsed card only. Only available during November and December.



This sheetlet contains 5 x $2.20 self-adhesive international stamps from the Christmas 2019 stamp issue in a convenient wallet sized booklet.



This sheetlet contains 5 x $2.20 Adoration of the Magi self-adhesive international stamps from the Christmas 2019 stamp issue in a convenient wallet sized booklet.



This booklet contains 20 x 65c self-adhesive Flight into Egypt stamps from the Christmas 2019 stamp issue in a convenient wallet sized booklet.
Seasonal greeting card rate applies to greeting cards enclosed in a sealed envelope and endorsed card only. Only available during November and December.



This booklet contains 20 x 65c self-adhesive Star and Christmas Tree stamps from the Christmas 2019 stamp issue in a convenient wallet sized booklet.
Seasonal greeting card rate applies to greeting cards enclosed in a sealed envelope and endorsed card only. Only available during November and December.


These stamps and other products can be ordered from Australia Post Collectibles.


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