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Sign up for my freenewsletter. As with previous Olympics, Australia Post will release a Gold Medallist stamp for each Australian gold medal win at Vancouver 2010. The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia is hoping for two gold medals. For more information on our Olympic Winter Institute of Australia visit http://www.owia.org/ . To receive the latest information on this issue, subscribe to my free newsletter.

2002 Winter Olympics   2002 Winter Olympics   2006 Winter Olympics
Previous Winter Olympic Gold Medallists from 2002 and 2006

It will also be interesting to see if stamps with tabs are released for any Winter Paralympian Gold Medallists as was done in 2002.

2002 Winter Paralympics   2002 Winter Paralympics
Winter Paralympic Gold Medallists from 2002 in tabs

Out of interest Canada Post is also celebrating its first gold medal win on Canadian soil with a stamp and miniature sheet issued a day after the win. The sheet shows a close up of the gold medal our gold medallists are holding.

Canada Sheet
Canadian sheet

Issue Information
To reduce the amount of time between the gold medal win and issuing the stamp, stamps will be printed on pre-perforated paper. Despite this, it is surprising that Australia Post has taken nearly a week to release both stamps. For the Beijing Olympics, tge gold medallist stamps were issued to post offices two days after the ceremony.

Stamp Design: Adam Crapp
Printer: McKellar Renown (more information)
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Issued In: Sheets of 10 (2 x 5) with illustrated margins (more information)
Stamp Size: 35 mm x 35 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 14¼ (more information)
Designs: 55c Torah Bright
55c Lydia Lassila
Usage: 55c Small letter rate within Australia (details)

Gummed Sheet Stamps - Torah Bright
Torah Bright won gold in the Snowboard - Halfpipe on 18 February 2010, Vancouver time. The stamp celebrating Bright's win was issued on 25 February.

Torah Bright
Sheet stamp

Issue Date: 25 February 2010 (more information)

Gummed Sheets - Torah Bright
As in the past stamps will be issued in gummed sheets of 10.

Torah Bright Sheet
Sheet layout

Sheet Size: 149 mm x 210 mm

Gummed Sheet Stamps - Lydia Lassila
Lydia Lassila won gold in the Freestyle Skiing - Aerials on 24 February 2010, Vancouver time. The stamp celebrating Bright's win was issued on 3 March.

Lydia Lassila
Sheet stamp

Issue Date: 3 March 2010 (more information)

Gummed Sheets - Lydia Lassila
As in the past stamps will be issued in gummed sheets of 10.

Lydia Lassila Sheet
Sheet layout

Sheet Size: 149 mm x 210 mm

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
Each value from sheets (55c each)
Total $1.10
For the Specialised Collector
Sheets of stamps
Each sheet of 10 with illustrated border
Total $11.00
Grand Total $12.10

Wikipedia, Australia at the Winter Olympics and Australia at the Winter Paralympics, accessed 3 January 2010
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Website (http://www.owia.org/), accessed 3 January 2010
Australia Post, Australian Stamp Bulletin, No. 302, January-February 2010
Australia Post Press Releases

If you have more information, or spot an error, please e-mail me.

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