Christmas 2018

Release date: 1 November 2018

Each year, we release Christmas stamps that celebrate the Christmas holiday as we know it in Australia today, spanning both traditional and secular themes.

The traditional Christmas stamps for 2018 are based on paintings by Ursula Betka, which were created using age-old medieval techniques. The glowing-jewel like colours are achieved through the use of egg tempera, a mixture made from a blend of natural pigments and egg yolk. The exquisite gold brocade effect was achieved with burnished 23-karat gold leaf and the traditional medieval method of scraffito, where the decoration is delineated with a fine, sharp metal point. The Madonna and Child and the Musical Angels are depicted within a mystical landscape. Heaven is brought to earth and the created world is transfigured by the divine presence, uplifting the soul.

For those who prefer a more secular Christmas, the three typographical stamps, illustrated by Luke Lucas, mark the festive season as a time to gather with family and friends in a spirit of peace, understanding and goodwill. Festive words, taken from popular Christmas carols “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Jingle Bells” and “The First Noël” are presented in a ribbon-like fashion, as a nod to the popular act of gift-giving.

The stamps

65c      Madonna and Child

65c      Glad Tidings

65c      Jingle Bells

$2        Noël

$2.30  Musical Angels

All of these designs are available as Personalised Stamps.™

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Set of stamps


Stamp pack

Maxicard set

Additional products

  • Stamp pack
  • Minisheet (traditional)
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)
  • Maxicards
  • Postal numismatic cover
  • Sheetlet of 5 x $2 and $2.30
  • Sheetlets of 10 x 65c, embellished
  • Embellished sheetlet pack
  • Booklets of 20 x 65c (traditional and secular)

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    1 November 2018
  • FDI withdrawal date

    30 November 2018
  • Denominations

    3 x 65c, 1 x $2, 1 x $2.30
  • Stamp design: Secular

    Luke Lucas
  • Stamp design: Traditional

    Ursula Betka
  • Product design

    Jason Watts, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Paper gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Paper self-adhesive

    Securepost CPrint100
  • Printer: Traditional

    RA Printing
  • Printer: Secular

  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size

    105mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    14.6 x 13.86
  • FDI postmark

    Merrylands NSW 2160
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 December 2019
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.

Philatelic team