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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Australia 2015
Christmas Island Christmas 2015




ISSUE DATE: 30 October 2015
ISSUE WITHDRAWAL DATE: 30 April 2016
FDI WITHDRAWAL DATE: 27 November 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 65c, $1.80
STAMP DESIGN: Sonia Young
ILLUSTRATIONS: Stuart McLachlan
PRINTER: RA PRINT
PAPER: Tullis Russell (B100 self-adhesive)
PRINTING PROCESS: Lithography
STAMP SIZE: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
PERFORATIONS: 14.6 x 13.86
MINISHEET SIZE: 136 mm x 80 mm
SHEET LAYOUT: Modules of 50
FDI POSTMARK: Christmas Island, WA 6798



This year’s Christmas Island Christmas stamp issue has taken a humorous approach to linking the festive theme to the island’s name.

Located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres northwest of Perth, Christmas Island is the sole peak of an underwater mountain range rising above the ocean’s surface.

The island came under Australian control in 1958, but Australia Post has produced its stamps only since 1993. Over recent years, the Christmas Island Christmas issue has taken a humorous approach to linking the festive theme to the island’s name.

Red Crabs (Gecarcoidea natalis) are a familiar sight on Christmas Island, and they make a strong appearance in this Christmas stamp issue. Like dexterous circus performers mimicking a human pyramid, they stack themselves into a Christmas tree in the island’s forested interior. Atop the crab-tree an Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica natalis) is poised, with a string of tinsel in its beak.

In the other stamp, the comical Red Crabs hail the presence of a tropical, if not also oxymoronic, snowman – the northern hemisphere symbol having been transported to the isle in the sunny south.






FIRST DAY COVER



MINISHEET FDC



MINISHEET


GUTTER STRIPS












stamp images and description thanks to:
 COLLECTORZPEDIA