Hello Collectors

Welcome to a new edition of the Stamp Bulletin, presenting upcoming Australian stamp issues and themed collectables. There’s been some excitement around the launch of the exclusive Australia Post version of the Monopoly board game. If the game is not available through a particular Post Office, orders can be placed at our online shop and via mail order.

May, Australia’s rich national heritage is on show, through commemorative stamp designs that present three historic sites from the National Heritage List. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, a significant feat of engineering, is recognised around the world. The Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in Australia, welcomes visitors through its grand Victorian-era entrance. Canberra’s Old Parliament House, where federal parliament sat between 1927 and 1988, is now home to the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Stamp issues showcasing the natural world are also included in this edition, the first two in May. We present three of Australia’s 37 migratory shorebird species, which travel from the northern hemisphere to rich feeding grounds in the south. We showcase Norfolk Island’s magnificent Reef Manta Ray, which can reach up to five metres in width. And in June, we release an illustrative set of stamps that present four of the more than 20 species of pigeons and doves native to Australia, with artwork by William T Cooper AO. Also featured is an issue on two of Norfolk Island’s endemic land snail species.

From 10 May, The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is back. There’s a new set of 26 coins, featuring Australian icons beginning with each letter of the alphabet. As well as hunting for coins in your change at participating Post Offices, individual coins and various collectables can be purchased by mail order, online and via participating Post Offices. For the really keen coin hunter, there’s a very special limited-edition coin design, which will be randomly placed within tubes of coins available for purchase.

Michael Zsolt

Manager, Philatelic, Australia Post

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