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Australia Commonwealth Stamps Listed by Date of Issue

AN ILLUSTRATED LISTING


Updated: 26 August 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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2016 - 2021on
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Product List Abbreviations
Gummed Stamps Gummed Stamps are Perforated, unless otherwise noted.
"n" The number of sheets etc. in each product item.
Sheets 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 Sheets 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 Strips 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.
Sheetlets 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 Sheets
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.
Booklets
A Booklet comprising gummed perforated stamps (usually imperforate on one or more sides).  Typically issued in booklets of 10 or 20.
Coil Stamps 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 Sets 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 Booklets 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.
Self-Service Sheetlets A Sheetlet comprising 5 stamps, originally marketed as a self-service item, intended for counter display at the Post Office. They comprise self-adhesive die-cut stamps on a backing sheet, with the surplus self-adhesive printing paper retained.  Their use has been discontinued.
Sheetlets
(Chequebook Sheetlets\ Booklets)
A Sheetlet comprising 5 stamps of usually higher value or International stamps, issued when a Booklet of 10 is not warranted. Sheetlets are supplied "flat" from Chequebooks of 20 sheetlets.  Stamps are self-adhesive die-cut stamps on a backing sheet, with the surplus self-adhesive printing paper retained.
Booklets
Booklets comprise either standard Booklets of 10 or 20 booklet stamps.  Booklet stamps are self-adhesive die-cut stamps on a backing sheet, with the surplus self-adhesive printing paper retained.
Chequebooks Chequebooks are primarily for Post Office counter staff to dispense individual Booklets or Sheetlets. They comprise either 20 Booklets of 10, 20 Booklets of 20, or 20 Sheetlets of 5.
Rolls 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.  Rolls seem to be being phased out in favour of Chequebooks appear to be replacing Roll Stamps.
ATM Sheetlets Available at selected bank Automatic Teller Machines.  Discontinued in September 1998.
Counter Printed Stamps Machine printed stamps on a strip of backing sheet.  Commenced in 1993 and discontinued by 2001.
Premium Booklets Booklets contain either Gummed Perforated Stamps or Die-cut Self-adhesive Stamps
Prestige Booklets & Special Occasion Booklets These Booklets contain mini-sheets of stamps (often in different combinations such as pairs, blocks, etc.) interspersed between information pages. Sold at a premium above face value.
Standard Booklets Booklets contain either Gummed Perforated Stamps or Die-cut Self-adhesive Stamps
Stamp Booklets including Vending Machine Booklets, ATM Booklets, and Chequebook Sheetlets ...pending
Other Booklets Booklets contain either Gummed Perforated Stamps or Die-cut Self-adhesive Stamps
AFL Souvenir Booklets, other Souvenir Booklets, Zodiac Booklets , Stories in Stamps Booklets, Stamp Fun Books, and the like These Booklets usually only contain stamps unrelated to a specific issue.
Stamp Reference Numbers Brackets are used to show which stamps are included in each sheet or item (numbers shown are examples only).
blank No "brackets" indicates that each stamp has an individual sheet.
( #     ). The Brackets contain which stamps are included in the sheet. 
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 Describes the arrangement of the stamps within a sheet.
...     (an ellipsis) Indicated that the listed Products are from the above Composite Sheet.
... se-tenant pair. Two different stamps in a horizontal se-tenant arrangement.
... se-tenant vertical pair. Two different stamps in a vertical se-tenant arrangement.
... se-tenant strip of [n]. [n] number of different stamps arranged in horizontal se-tenant strip.
... se-tenant vertical Strip of [n]. [n] number of different stamps arranged in vertical se-tenant strip.
... se-tenant block of 4. Four different stamps arranged in a block of 4.
... se-tenant block of 6. Six different stamps arranged (usually 3 over 3) in block of 6.
... se-tenant block of 2x2. Two different stamps in a block of 4, arranged in a "checkerboard" pattern.
... se-tenant block of 3x3. Three different stamps in a block of 9, arranged in a "checkerboard" pattern.
... patterned block of [n]. A visual pattern formed by the arrangement of a number of different stamps within a block of [n] stamps.
... patterned sheet. A visual pattern formed by the arrangement of different stamps within a full sheet or pane of stamps.
... tĂȘte-bĂȘche pairs. Pairs of the same stamp, in which one is upside down in relation to the other .

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