AAT: East Antarctic Deep Sea Creatures

Release date: 7 March 2017

The Australian Antarctic Territory is located 3,000 kilometres to the south of the Australian continent. The huge continent of Antarctica occupies 13.5 million square kilometres and of this area the vast Australian Antarctic Territory makes up around six million square kilometres. This region, almost entirely covered with permanent ice and snow, is equivalent to around 75 per cent of the land mass of Australia.

East Antarctica makes up two-thirds of the Antarctic continent and includes the 5.9 million square kilometres of the Australian Antarctic Territory. The East Antarctic ice sheet flows off the Antarctic continent into the surrounding Southern Ocean. Many species, including penguins, seals, seabirds, corals and fish rely on this pristine environment for survival.

This stamp issue features several deep sea creatures that contribute to the unique biodiversity of the waters off East Antarctica.

The stamps

$1 Antarctic sea star (Odontaster validus)

$1 Antarctic neosquid (Alluroteuthis antarcticus)

$2 Pogonophryne ssp. and Antarctic pink anemone (Urticinopsis antarctica)

$2 Dorid nudibranch (Tritoniella belli) and Deep sea bryozoan

Additional products

  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)
  • Maxicards
  • Minisheet
  • Stamp pack
  • Postal and numismatic cover

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    7 March 2017
  • FDI withdrawal date

    4 April 2017
  • Denominations

    2 x $1, 1 x $2, 1 x $3
  • Stamp and minisheet design

    Stacey Zass, page 12 Design
  • Product design

    John White
  • Printer

  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    35mm x 35mm
  • Minisheet size

    170mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    14.28 x 14.28
  • Sheet layout

    Modules of 50
  • FDI postmark

    Kingston, Tasmania 7050
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 September 2017
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.