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17 July 2012
18/2012
Commemorative Issue

London 2012 Olympic Games

Australia
This issue is the second of three being released for the Games of the XXX Olympiad (27 July–12 August 2012) in London.

This issue, which carries the symbol of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), commemorates the performances of Australia’s athletes at the Olympic Games. Represented on the stamps is the sport of Rowing, discipline of Swimming and event of Pole Vault. These subjects are indicative of Australian athletes’ strengths at past Olympic Games: historically most medals won by Australian athletes have been in Swimming, Athletics, Cycling and Rowing.

Swimming  

Swimming

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The Australian Olympic team athletes have always been most successful in the pool, as indicated by their 168 Olympic medals, including 56 gold. Australia

Pole Vault  

Pole Vault

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Pole Vault is just one of the events in the sport of athletics. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing the athletics team experienced great success, returning home with four medals, the most for an Australian team in Olympic athletics since Mexico City in 1968. Notable amongst these was Steve Hooker

Rowing  

Rowing

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Australia first entered athletes in the rowing competitions at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. Since then, Australian athletes have won 32 Olympic medals across men

Technical Information

Issue date: 17 July 2012
FDI withdrawal date: 15 August 2012
Denomination: 1 x 60c, $1.60, $2.35
Stamp design & illustration: Jonathan Chong
Product design: Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: McKellar Renown
Paper (s/a): Tullis Russell (B90 and B100)
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp (sheetlet) size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Perforations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout: Module of 50 (no design)
National postmark: Wembley, WA 6014
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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