New issue of 'King George V versus kangaroo' stamps

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imports_CCGB_stamp-85-_33902.jpg New issue of 'King George V versus kangaroo' stamps
Australia Post has announced it is to issue a modified version of its King George V/kangaroo stamp, to mark the centenary of the stamp's original release. ...
Australia Post has announced it is to issue a modified version of its King George V / kangaroo stamp, to mark the centenary of the stamp's original release.

Back in the years before World War One, the design of postage stamps in Australia was a controversial political topic and when postmaster general Charles Frazer developed a design featuring a map of Australia and images of kangaroos, there were complaints that the ommission of King George V was an 'insulting slight to Britain'. In response to the comments, the stamp designs were revised and a new stamp created, featuring the king - designs which incoming postmaster general Agar Wynne said 'would make a very good stamp, being emblematic of Australia, and also of our loyalty to the empire.'

KING GEORGE V ISSUE 1914

John White of the Australia Post design studio has created new Centenary of King George V stamps, which includes a specimen pack that uses a fold out design and houses four 10 x 70c sheetlets and one multicolour 10 x 70c sheetlet featuring a 'specimen' overprint on four of the stamps. Also available is a stamp coin - a legal tender coin in the shape of a stamp - with a limited edition of 2,500.

Australia Post philatelic manager Michael Zsolt said: 'This issue of George V-based designs marks an important era in Australian stamp production. The stamp issue also brings a new and exciting philatelic product to the range which we trust will spark interest amongst collectors.'

To order the King George V stamps, visit the Australia Post website.

(Images copyright Australia Post).

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