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For many years Australia Post released an overprinted miniature sheet for any show they attended. However, in recent years Australia Post has followed the lead of other countries and released special miniature sheets containing recent issues in a new arrangement.

For London 2010, Australia Post has done two of each, and included some reprinted stamps for good measure!

Issue Information
General description of issue - anything new, interesting or unusual.

Issue Date: 7 May 2010 * (more information)
* Available from the Philatelic Bureau on 7 May, but only available in London on 8 May.
Printing Process: Lithography (more information)
Gum: Ordinary gum
Paper: Tullis Russell (incorporating phosphor) (more information)
Designs: See individual miniature sheets
Usage: 50c Seasonal greetings card rate within Australia (details)
55c Small letter rate within Australia (details)
$1.45 Letter rate to Asian and Pacific countries (to 50 grams)
$2.10 Letter rate to Europe, Africa, America (to 50 grams)
$5 Make-up rate for parcels

Colonial Heritage Overprinted Miniature
Also promoting Australia 2013, this fine miniature sheet is an apt souvenir for London 2010. Technical details are the same as the regular sheet (see the Colonial Heritage page).

Heritage Miniatrue Sheet
Overprinted Colonial Heritage miniature sheet

Railway Journeys Overprinted Miniature Sheet
As with the Colonial Heritage sheet the technical details are the same as the regular sheet (see the Railway Journeys page).

Railway Journeys overprinted miniature sheet
Railway Journeys overprinted miniature sheet

Queen's Birthday Miniature Sheet
A first for a stamp show, this sheet contains three reprinted stamps, each slightly different from the original! The four stamps included are:

  • 50c Annigoni Portrait (originally issued 19 April 2006)
  • 50c Queen at Parliament House (originally issued 18 April 2008)
  • 55c Trooping the Colour (originally issued 15 April 2009)
  • 55c Queen at Commonwealth Day Service (originally issued 6 April 2010)
The 2007 stamp was not included as it was a horizontal stamp.

Queen's Birthday miniature sheet
Queen's Birthday miniature sheet

Every stamp in the sheet is new. RA Printing printed the sheet and while each stamp is very close to the original, Australia Post has included a '2010' microdate in three designs.

Position of 2010 microdate

2006 stamp

2008 stamp

2009 stamp

Other Differences
Original Stamp Reprint Differences
Reprint is a lighter shade, particularly on the Queen's face and background.
Reprint is a lighter shade, particularly on the Queen's face and background.
On the original the bottom strip has a dark blue background, while reprint has blue background.
Reprint is a later shade, with the background at the base yellower than original. Text on original stamp is slightly bolder.

Printer: RA Printing (more information)
Issued In: Miniature sheets of 4 (2 x 2) (more information)
Sheet Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Perforations: Comb perforated 13¾ x 14½ (more information)

Centenary of First Flight Miniature Sheet
This is not the first time the 55c and $1.45 stamps have appeared in a miniature sheet this year, having appeared in the Canberra Stamp Show miniature sheet, which RA Printing also printed.

Centenary of First Flight Miniature Sheet
Centenary of First Flight miniature sheet

There are minor differences between the two printings, particularly around the names of the pilots. On the London sheet the edges of the names are less distinct.

Printer: RA Printing (more information)
Issued In: Miniature sheet of 4 (2 x 2) (more information)
Perforations: Comb perforated 14½ x 13¾ (more information)

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
Miniature sheets
Four miniature sheets
Total $13.20
For the Specialised Collector
Miniature sheet stamps
3 values from Queen's Birthday sheet (different shades)*
* 2010 Queen's Birthday and First Flight stamps are listed on their individual pages

Blocks, pairs and strips
Se-tenant block of 4 from Queen's Birthday sheet
Se-tenant block of 4 from First Flight sheet



Total $8.20
Grand Total $21.40

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

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