Stamps of 2023: Australia (January 2023)

Jan. 3, 2023

Special Occasions

Australia Post’s first set of the year was “Special Occasions”. Released on January 3, there are ten designs available in gummed and self-adhesive varieties in sheets or booklets plus a miniature sheet that contains one copy of each design. There was also a “Wedding Collection” with a prestige booklet and stickers as well as maximum cards of each design. Australia produces a similar range for most of its stamp releases which causes this country’s New Issue completists to shell out a great deal of cash each year. This post will contain just a few of what is available.

According to the Australia Post Collectibles issue page

This stamp issue refreshes our ongoing series marking some of life’s key milestones – birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and the arrival of a newborn, to name just a few. These are events for which a heartfelt missive sent through the post is often most fitting, a handwritten message, in our digital times, having the power to convey the personal significance of lived events and representing a tangible connection between sender and recipient.

“Nine of the stamps in this issue have been designed specifically for social mail between individuals; the design featuring the Southern Cross and Australia is pitched towards general and business mail users. The floral and the Let’s Celebrate designs are appropriate for use across a number of life events.”

$1.20 Teddy Bear

Photograph: Tolikoff Photography/

$1.20 Floral Heart

Photograph: Bariskina/

$1.20 Paper Bouquet

Photograph: Wacomka/

$1.20 Happy Birthday

Photograph: Lucky Team Studio/

$1.20 Let’s Celebrate

Photograph: Marish/

$1.20 White Tulips

Photograph: Svetlana Cherruty/iStock, Getty Images Plus

$1.20 Champagne Flutes

Photograph: Stockcreations/

$1.20 Waratah

Photograph: davidf /E+, Getty Images

$1.20 Australia

Photograph: Blablo101/

$2.40 Wedding Bands

Photograph: Igor Aleks

First Day Cover

Maximum Cards

Technical specifications

Issue date: 3 January 2023
Issue withdrawal date: tba
Denomination: $1.20 x 9. $2.40 x 1
Stamp design: Teddy bear – Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp design: Champagne Flutes – Jason Watts, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp design: Happy Birthday, Let’s Celebrate – Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp design: Floral Heart, Paper Bouquet, White Tulips, Waratah, Australia, Wedding Bands – Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design: Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phos.
Paper: self-adhesive Securpost C Print 100 P8P
Printer: EGO
Printing process: Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm): 26 x 37.5
Sheetlet size (mm): 151 x 125
Perforations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout: Module of 50 (no design)
FDI Postmark: Brisbane QLD 4000
FDI withdrawal date: 1 February 2023

One thought on “Stamps of 2023: Australia (January 2023)

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