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18 April 2008
10/2008
Commemorative Issue

Queen's Birthday

Australia
The contemporary image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II used for this stamp issue was taken at an official dinner held at Parliament House in Canberra during her most recent visit to Australia in 2006. The Queen wore her badge as Sovereign Head of the Order of Australia. A more detailed image of the Sovereign's badge appears on the $2.00 stamp in this issue.

The Order of Australia was instituted on 14 February 1975 after the recommendation of the Australian Government of the day to establish an Australian Honours System which would include the Order of Australia, the Australian Bravery Awards and the National Medal. Australians had previously been recognized for their achievement or meritorious service using the British (or Imperial) awards system.

Sovereign Head of the Order of Australia badge  

Sovereign Head of the Order of Australia badge

HRH Queen Elizabeth II  

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2008-04-18
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2008-05-16
Denominations: One x 50c, one x $2.00
Designer: Daniel Wenn, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: SEP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: Sheetlet of 10
National Postmark: Windsor NSW 2756
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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