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Kokoda in Papua New Guinea holds a special place in Australia's military history. The Kokoda Track Campaign was fought here between July and November 1942 between Japanese and Allied - primarily Australian - forces in the then Australian territory of Papua. Australia Post's issuing policy normally restricts stamp issues to celebrating anniversaries in multiples of 50 (i.e. 50th, 100th etc.), however for joint issues special consideration is applied.

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Issue Information
This issue commemorates both the Kokoda Campaign of 1942, the veterans, and present day Kokoda. $1.45 is the rate for mail to Papua New Guinea.

Issue Date: 20 April 2010 (more information)
Stamp Design: Brian Clinton and Lynette Traynor
Printer: McKellar Renown (more information)
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Designs: 55c Kokoda Campaign 1942
55c Kokoda Campaign 1942 (different)
55c Kokoda Vetrans
55c Kokoda Today
$1.45 Kokoda Isurava Memorial
Usage: 55c Small letter rate within Australia (details)
$1.45 Letter rate to Asian and Pacific countries (to 50 grams)

Gummed Sheet Stamps
The Australian stamps are printed in a se-tenant strip of four (55c x 4), with the $1.45 printed in separate sheets of 50. Interestingly, the Papua New Guinea stamps were printed in a se-tenant strip of three (K1.00 x 3) and a pair (K4.65 x 2).

Kokoda Strip $1.45 stamp
Australian Stamps

Kokoda Strip Kokoda Pair
Papua New Guinea Stamps

Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Issued In: 55c Sheets of 50 (2 panes of 25 (5 x 5) with illustrated gutter) (more information)
$1.45 Individual sheets of 50 (2 panes of 25 (5 x 5) with traffic lights in gutter) (more information)
Miniature sheet of 5 (5 x 1) (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 13¾ x 14½ (more information)

Gummed Gutter Strips
The gutter shows the Pacific medal and a medallion. This issue actually has a gutter strip of eight, but will be collected (and sold) as a gutter strip of 10.

Kokoda gutter
Gutter strip

Gummed Miniature Sheet Stamps
The miniature sheet contains a unique strip of five stamps, with the $1.45 between two pairs of 55c stamps. There are minor shade differences between the 55c stamps in the miniature sheet and their sheet versions, but stamps exist with in-between shades. However the $1.45 is a distinct shade, as noted below:

Design Sheet stamp Mini. sheet stamp
Tablet colour Grey Grey-blue
Granite plinth inscribed 'MATESHIP' Grey Dark grey
Trouser colour of man on right Grey-blue Blue

The same shade difference also exists between the K4.65 Memorial sheet and miniature sheet stamps from Papua New Guinea, suggesting that this difference is constant.

Issued In: Miniature sheet of 5 (5 x 1) (more information)

Gummed Miniature Sheets
The miniature sheet contains a unique strip of five stamps, with the $1.45 between two pairs of 55c stamps. Unlike the arrangement of sheet stamps, the miniature sheets of both countries show the stamps in the same order, and are the same size.

Miniature sheet
Australian miniature sheet

Miniature sheet
Papua New Guinea miniature sheet

Mini. Sheet Size: 160 mm x 90 mm

First Day Cover Miniature Sheets
Collectors of first day covers might notice that the miniature sheets used on first day covers measure 160 mm x 85 mm. Australia Post advises me that the top 5 mm of the miniature sheets was trimmed off to enable machine affixing onto first day covers.

This site will not list this as a variation, as examples can be easily manufactured by trimming off the top 5 mm.

Miniature sheet
First day cover (left) and regular miniature sheet (right)

Gummed Booklet Panes
A prestige booklet (sold at $10.95) with more information on the Kokoda Campaign contained various three blocks of four.

First pane Second pane

Third pane
Prestige booklet panes (click on each pane for an enlargement)

Booklet Pane Size: 156 mm x 104 mm

Gummed Booklets
The above three panes were issued in a prestige boooklet.

Prestige booklet
Prestige booklet

Booklet Size: 156 mm x 104 mm
Contents: Three panes each containing a block of four
Selling Price: $10.95

Self-adhesive Coil Stamps
The four 55c stamps will be issued in self-adhesive coils of 100 stamps. Incredibly this is the first issue coil issue for 2010.

Kokoda Strip
Self-adhesive strip

Gum: Self-adhesive
Paper: B90 (with phosphor frame) (more information)
Issued In: Coils of 100 (more information)
Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Die-cut 11½ (interrupted) x 11¼ (more information)

Self-adhesive Booklet Stamps
The four 55c stamps were also issued in booklets of 10 stamps. Unlike past issues released in both coils and booklets, both versions are identical (including under UV light).

Collectors will also note the layout of the self-adhesive booklet allows sets of four to be easily removed from the booklet.

The Stamp Bulletin states the paper used for the booklets was B90. I believe this is an error. B90 is regularly used for coil stamps, and B100 for booklets. B100 is needed for booklets as the reverse of the backing paper is suitable for printing booklet 'covers'.

Kokoda booklet stamps
Self-adhesive booklet stamps

Gum: Self-adhesive
Paper: B100 (with phosphor frame) (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 were distributed to post offices in chequebooks of 20 booklets. These are not listed on this website.

Kokoda booklet layout
Booklet layout

Kokoda philatelic booklet
Booklet cover (philatelic booklet)

Kokoda general booklet
Booklet cover (general booklet)

Booklet size: 61 mm x 85 mm (folded)
Barcodes: 9312650382391 (55c x 10 philatelic booklet)
9312650224363 (55c x 10 general booklet)

Postal Stationery

Maximum Cards
Maximum cards (from Australia Post website)

Maximum Cards
Size: 104 mm x 146 mm
Selling Price: $7.40 (set of 5)
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
Horizontal se-tenant strip (4 x 55c)
Single value from sheets ($1.45)

Miniature sheets
Miniature sheet

Self-adhesive stamps
4 values from coil (4 x 55c)




Total $9.50
For the Specialised Collector
Miniature sheet stamps
$1.45 from miniature sheet (different shade)

Gutter Strips
Gutter strip of 10 (Medal and medallion)

Blocks, pairs and strips
Se-tenant horizontal strip of 5 from miniature sheet
Blocks from prestige booklet panes

Booklet panes
Three panes from prestige booklet

Booklets with philatelic barcode
Booklets with general barcode
Prestige booklet

Postal stationery
Maximum cards







Total $64.05
Grand Total $73.55

Australia Post, Australian Stamp Bulletin, No. 303, March-April 2010
Wikipedia, Kokoda, accessed 15 March 2010

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