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Australia Commonwealth Stamps Listed by Date of Issue

AN ILLUSTRATED LISTING


Updated: 12 May 2021

PRE-DECIMAL STAMPS
Kangaroo & Map KGV Sideface King George V King George VI Queen Elizabeth II
1913 - 1924
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Simplified Set
1913 - 1930
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Simplified Set
1913 - 1936
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Date Order
1937 - 1952
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Date Order
1952 - 1966
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Date Order

DECIMAL STAMPS
Queen Elizabeth II
1966 - 1975
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Date Order
1976 - 1985
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Date Order
1986 - 1995
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Date Order
1996 - 2005
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Date Order
2006 - 2015
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Date Order
2016 - 2021on
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Product Availability List Abbreviations
Gummed Stamps Gummed Stamps are Perforated, unless otherwise noted.
"n" The number of sheets etc. in each product item.
Sheet/s An Individual sheet or sheets containing identical stamps.  Stamps with tabs are usually used in Australia Post's Personalised Stamp service. Opposite of a Composite Sheet.
Composite Sheet/s A sheet containing a combination of some or all of the listed stamps, arranged in se-tenant (horizontal or vertical) pairs or strips, blocks, or arranged in the form a visual pattern (e.g., a cross). 
Decorative Gutter Strip/s A gutter strip with a special decorative design (images, illustrations, text, etc.) relevant to the stamp's theme. Blank gutter strips and gutter strips containing only colour registration marks are not listed. Overprinted gutter strips of any type are not listed.
Sheetlet/s A smaller sheet of stamps, typically with 10 stamps and usually with a narrow decorative surrounded. Sheetlets with tabs are suitable for personalisation by Australia Post for a fee.
Miniature Sheet/s
A small sheet or sheets comprising either a single, pair, block, or a set of stamps, usually with wider decorative boarder. Several issues have involved Imperforate sheets.
Booklet/s
Booklet or booklets comprising gummed perforated stamps (usually imperforate on one or more sides).  Typically issued in booklets of 10 or 20.
Prestige Booklet/s Prestige Booklets contain mini-sheets of stamps (often in different combinations such as pairs, blocks, etc.) interspersed between information pages. Normally sold at a slight premium above face value.
Coil Stamp/s Coil stamps issued from a Post Office vending machine (available 24 hours/day).  Multiple stamps are issued in strips, and are perforated top & bottom. Strips needed to be manually "torn" from the machine.  Commenced in 1966 and discontinued in 1975.
Frama Button Set/s Gummed imperforate machine printed labels (no backing sheet) with values based on four button values (three of which have set values).  Commenced in 1984 and discontinued in 2003.
Vending Machine Booklet/s Gummed stamps, sides imperforate and top and bottom either rouletted or perforated.  Commenced in 1985 and discontinued in 1996.
Self-adhesive Stamps Self-adhesive Stamps are Die-cut with the surplus printing paper either removed or retained, as noted.
Sheetlet/s A Sheetlet comprises 5 or 10 stamps. Sheetlets of 5 were originally marketed as a self-service item, intended for counter display at the Post Office. Sheetlet stamps are self-adhesive die-cut stamps on a backing sheet, with the surplus self-adhesive printing paper retained.
Booklet/s
Booklets comprise either standard Booklets of 10 or 20 booklet stamps, or a larger format "Chequebook" consisting of 20 booklet panes.  Booklet stamps are self-adhesive die-cut stamps on a backing sheet, with the surplus self-adhesive printing paper retained.
Chequebook/s. A larger format "Chequebook" consisting (usually) of 20 x 10 booklet panes or sheetlets.
Roll/s Self-adhesive die-cut stamps on a backing sheet, with the surplus self-adhesive printing paper removed. Typically, in rolls of 100 and/or 200 stamps.  Rolls of stamps were first issued in May 1990.
Special Occasion Booklet/s Special Occasion Booklets contain mini-sheets of stamps (often in different combinations such as pairs, blocks, etc.) interspersed between information pages. Normally sold at a slight premium above face value.
ATM Sheetlet/s Available at selected bank Automatic Teller Machines.  Discontinued in September 1998.
Counter Printed Stamp/s Machine printed stamps on a strip of backing sheet.  Commenced in 1993 and discontinued by 2001.
Bracketed Abbreviations Brackets are used to show which stamps are included in each sheet (etc.), as well as the arrangement of the stamps within that sheet.
Stamp Reference Numbers  #  A stamp number.
(       ) A Bracket Set indicates which stamps are included in the sheet. 
blank - no bracket No bracket indicates that all the listed stamps are included.
e.g. (#65).  An individual sheet containing stamp 65.
e.g. (#65-#69). A compound sheet containing stamps 65 to 69.
e.g. (#65, #69). A compound sheet containing stamps 65 and 69.
e.g. (#65-67, #69). A compound sheet containing stamps 65 to 67, plus stamp 69.
e.g. (not #65). A compound sheet containing all the listed stamps except #65.
e.g. (#64), (#66-60).
Multiple sheets with each bracket set indicating the stamps in each sheet. 
Stamp Arrangements pairs Two stamps in a horizontal se-tenant arrangement.
V. pairs / Vert. pairs Two stamps in a vertical se-tenant arrangement.
2x2 blocks Two stamps in a se-tenant block of 4, producing horizontal & vertical se-tenant pairs.
3x3 blocks Three stamps in a se-tenant block of 9, producing horizontal & vertical se-tenant strips of 3.
blocks of 4 Four different stamps arranged in a se-tenant block.
blocks of 6 Six different stamps (usually) arranged in a 3 over 3 se-tenant block.
strips of 3, 4, 5 etc. The number of stamps arranged in se-tenant horizontal strips.
V. Strips of 3, 4, 5 etc. The number of stamps arranged in vertical se-tenant strips.
Pattern A visual pattern formed by the arrangement of the stamps within the sheet.
TB pairs Two stamps arranged in a tĂȘte-bĂȘche (opposing) pairs.

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