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An regular issue since 1980, Australia Post is the only postal authority in the British Commonwealth to celebrate the Queen's birthday each year. Two exceptions were made in 2002 and 2003 when the birthday issue was replaced with stamps celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Queen's Accession and Coronation, respectively.

Issue Information
Traditionally a single stamp, since the Golden Jubilee issues of 2002 and 2003, several of the Queen's Birthday issues have grown to include two stamps, self-adhesive and prestige booklets and sheets of 10.

Issue Date: 6 April 2010 (more information)
Stamp Design: John White
Printer: McKellar Renown (more information)
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Designs: 55c Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Andrew's Church, Sydney
Usage: 55c Small letter rate within Australia (details)

Gummed Sheet Stamps
The sheet stamp was issued in small sheets of 10 stamps.

Sheet stamp
Sheet stamp

Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Issued In: Sheets of 10 (5 x 2) (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 13¾ x 14½ (more information)

Gummed Sheets
This issue was produced in small sheets of 10 stamps (5 x 2).

Sheet of 10 stamps
Sheet of stamps

Sheet Size: 155 mm x 101 mm

Gummed Miniature Sheet Stamp
On 7 May this stamp was also issued in a $2.10 miniature sheet for London 2010. The stamp in this miniature sheet is different from the original issue, as a result of having been printed by RA Printing instead of McKellar Renown.

Queen's Birthday Miniature Sheet
Queen's Birthday miniature sheet

Original Stamp Reprint Differences
Reprint is a later shade, with the background at the base yellower than original. Text on original stamp is slightly bolder.

Issue Date: 7 May 2010 (more information)
Printer: RA Printing (more information)
Issued In: Miniature sheet of 4 (2 x 2) (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 13¾ x 14½ (more information)

Self-adhesive Booklet Stamps
This stamp is also issued in booklets of 10 stamps.

Booklet stamp
Booklet stamp

Gum: Self-adhesive
Paper: B100 ('L-shaped' phosphor tagging) (more information)
Issued In: Booklets of 10 (5 x 2) (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Die-cut 11½ (interrupted) x 11¼ (more information)

Self-adhesive Booklets
Booklets of 10 are distributed to post offices in chequebooks of 20 booklets. These are not listed on this website.

Booklet layout

Booklet cover

Booklet size: 61 mm x 85 mm (folded)
Barcodes: 9312650379957 (philatelic booklet)
9312650224172 (general booklet)

Postal Stationery
The maximum card features an enlarged photograph of the one on the stamp.

Intriguingly, the card sells for $1.30 and includes postage worldwide. The current postcard rate is $1.40, with postcards for new issues selling for $1.50 each.

Maximum card
Maximum card

Maximum Cards
Size: 146 mm x 104 mm
Selling Price: $1.30
Stamp Imprint: Three bars (picture)

Issue Summary
The table below summarises the above information. The cost of each item is given, along with a total for each section. In some cases the stamps are only available from self-adhesive booklets (sold at face value), or from prestige booklets, souvenir sheets or folders (sold above face value).

Item and Description Cost
For the General Collector
Gummed sheet stamps
Single stamp (55c)

Self-adhesive stamps
Single stamp from booklet (55c)



Total $6.05
For the Specialised Collector
Small sheets
Small sheet of 10 gummed stamps

Miniature sheet stamps
Stamp from London 2010 miniature sheet (lighter shade)

Booklets with philatelic barcode
Booklets with general barcode

Postal stationery
Maximum cards





Total $19.90
Grand Total $25.95

Australia Post, Australian Stamp Bulletin, No. 303, March-April 2010, No. 304, May-June 2010

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