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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Australia 2015
The First Victoria Cross






ISSUE DATE: 22 January 2015
ISSUE WITHDRAWAL DATE: 31 December 2015
FDI WITHDRAWAL DATE: 20 February 2015
DENOMINATIONS: 1 x 70c, 1 x $5.00
STAMP DESIGN: Simone Sakinofsky
PRODUCT DESIGN: Simone Sakinofsky
PRINTER: McKellar Renown 
PAPER: Tullis Russell
PRINTING PROCESS: Lithography
STAMP SIZE: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
PERFORATIONS: 13.86 x 14.6 
MINISHEET SIZE: 135 mm x 80 mm
SHEET LAYOUT: Module of 24
NATIONAL POSTMARK: Melbourne, Vic 3000





This issue commemorates the first Victoria Cross awarded to an Australian. The Victoria Cross was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 to honour conspicuous bravery during the Crimean War, but was not awarded to an Australian until the Second Boer War of 1899–1902. During this conflict, in which Australians fought alongside South African and British forces, five Australians were honoured with a Victoria Cross, the first being Captain Neville Howse.

The stamp design of this stamp issue is based on an original one penny (1d) stamp issued by the colony of Victoria in May 1900 to raise funds for the Patriotic Fund for the Boer War. The design, which arose from a public competition, was modelled on the Victoria Cross medal. The medal is in the form of a bronze pattée bearing the crown of St Edward surmounted by a lion, the emblem of the British royal family, and the inscription “FOR VALOUR”.




STAMP PACK
SKU #1879126
PRICE: 6.15$







BLANK COVER
SKU #1879005
PRICE: 0.30$



MINISHEET
SKU #1879142
PRICE: 5.70$



MAXICARD SET
SKU #1879220
PRICE: 7.20$