Hello Collectors

Welcome to the July edition of the Stamp Bulletin for 2023, bringing you a range of new stamp releases and collectables.

This edition presents three international stamp designs, featuring threatened marsupial species. This issue covers the increase to international letter rates, which takes effect from 3 July 2023 and covers postage rates for Asia Pacific (Zone 2), UK and Europe (Zone 4) and Rest of World (Zone 5).

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ is the first Women’s World Cup to be held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to be hosted by two countries. To celebrate, we will issue a single stamp featuring the official event mascot.

In July, we release two stamp designs that span scenic views from two Norfolk Island lookouts: the rugged cliffs and offshore formations from Captain Cook Lookout, on the north coast, and the sweeping ocean views from Queen Elizabeth Lookout, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974.

Aussie Bird Count is an annual citizen science conservation project that invites every Australian to record numbers of bird species in their back yard, resulting in important data about bird diversity and population numbers. Three stamp designs are being released, showcasing species that feature prominently in recent counts, including the Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie.

This year marks 250 years since the first circumnavigation of Antarctica and the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle by Captain James Cook. On 17 January 1773, Cook made the first recorded crossing of the Antarctic Circle, dispelling the myth that great unknown southern landmass lay beyond.

We also profile some exciting upcoming collectables, including six that celebrate a century of Disney characters. And don’t forget about the range of exciting AFL $1 Collectable Coins, available while stocks last.

Michael Zsolt

Manager, Philatelic, Australia Post

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