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2010 marks the centenary of Australia's first coins - the florin (2 shillings), shilling, sixpence and threepence. Each coin was produced at the Royal Mint in London, with the obverse and reverse of the 1910 florin shown on the stamps. The miniature sheet is embellished with silver foil printed with four colour process. Collectors may notice a number of similarities between this issue and the 2005 issue for the 150th anniversary of the first coin produced in Australia.

Issue Information
As with the 2005 coin issue, there are two sheet stamps (representing the small letter and highest large letter rates) and an embellished miniature sheet.

Issue Date: 23 February 2010 (more information)
Stamp Design: Disegno
Printer: Energi Print (more information)
Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Stamp Size: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 14½ x 13¾ (more information)
Designs: 55c Coat of Arms on 1910 florin
$2.75 King Edward VII on 1910 florin
Usage: 55c Small letter rate within Australia (details)
$2.75 Large letter rate within Australia (over 250 up to 500 grams) (details)

Gummed Sheet Stamps
The two sheet stamps are issued in individual sheets. There is no decoration in either gutter.

The $2.75 stamp (without embellishment) also exists in the Canberra Show miniature sheet. This stamp is identical to the sheet stamp.

55c Stamp $2.75 Stamp
Sheet stamps

Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Issued In: Individual sheets of 50 (2 panes of 25 (5 x 5) with traffic lights in gutter) (more information)

Gummed Miniature Sheet Stamps
The two stamps from the miniature sheet are die-stamped with silver foil, with is then oveprinted with four colour process and embossed. An image of the miniature sheet stamps will be added when the stamps are available.

The $2.75 stamp (without embellishment) also exists in the Canberra Show miniature sheet. This stamp is identical to the sheet stamp described above.

Miniature sheet stamps
Miniature Sheet stamps

Printing Process: Lithography, foil die-stamped and embossed (more information)
Issued In: Miniature sheets of 2 (2 x 1) (more information)

Gummed Miniature Sheets
The coins and embellishment continue into the sheet margin. I have seen at least two miniature sheets where the embossing has been misplaced by at least a millimetre. It has also been reported on Stampboards that some examples of the miniature sheets have been embossed twice.

Coin Miniature sheet
Miniature sheet

Mini. Sheet Size: 106 mm x 70 mm

It also appears that a mistake was made with the postmarking of first day covers. Miniature sheet first day covers have been stamped twice - once at the bottom, and again on the $2.75 stamp. The second postmark is in the same position as the postmark on the sheet stamp first day cover. It is not known if every miniature sheet first day cover has been postmarked twice.

Coin stamp first day cover  Coin miniature sheet first day cover
Sheet stamp and miniature sheet first day covers

Canberra Miniature Sheet Stamp
The $2.75 stamp also appears in the Canberra Stamp Show miniature sheet issued on 12 March 2010. This stamp is new on a specialised level due to a change in printer.

Canberra miniature sheet
Canberra Miniature Sheet

Issue Date: 12 March 2010 (more information)
Printer: RA Printing (more information)
Issued In: Miniature sheet of 4 (2 x 2) (more information)

Postal Stationery
Two maximum cards were issued, one for each stamp.

Maximum cards
Maximum Cards

Maximum Cards
Size: 146 mm x 104 mm
Selling Price: $4.80 (set of 2)
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
2 values from sheets (55c, $2.75)

Miniature sheets
Miniature sheet



Total $6.60
For the Specialised Collector
Miniature sheet stamps
2 embellished stamps from miniature sheet
$2.75 stamp from Canberra miniature sheet (new printer)

Blocks, pairs and strips
Se-tenant horizontal pair from miniature sheet

Postal stationery
Maximum cards




Total $16.70
Grand Total $23.30

Wikipedia, accessed 19 December 2009
Australia Post, Australian Stamp Bulletin, No. 302, January-February 2010

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