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01 November 2002
16/2002
Commemorative Issue

Christmas 2002

Australia
Australia Post has been issuing special Christmas stamps since 1957. Since 1994 the designs have focussed on the traditional Christmas story.

Nativity Scene  

Nativity Scene

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The 40c stamp illustrates the Nativity scene, Mary with her baby who was born in the stable because there was no room in the inn.

The three wise men  

The three wise men

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The 45c stamp shows the three wise men from the East, who brought gifts for the child.

Technical Information

Issue date........................1 November 2002
Denominations ................One x 40c, one x 45c, one postage paid aerogramme
Designer ........................Tracie Grimwood, Melbourne
Printer (stamps)
Gummed ....................McPhersons Print Group
Self-adhesive ..............SNP Ausprint
Paper (stamps)
Gummed ....................Tullis Russell
Self-adhesive ..............C 100
Stamp size (all) ................26 x 37.5 mm
Perforations ....................14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout ....................Sheets of 50, two panes of 25
Printer aerogramme ........PMP Tasmania
Aerogramme size ............209 x 103 mm (folded)
Printing process (all) ........Lithography
National postmark............Christmas Hills VIC 3775
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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