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12 January 2006
1/2006
Commemorative Issue

Melbourne 2006 - Commonwealth Games - Part 1

Australia
The XVIII Commonwealth Games will be held in Melbourne from 15 to 26 March 2006. Around 4,500 athletes will participate from 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGA). Organisers have estimated that approximately one billion people will watch the Games, which are to include Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD).The EAD program comprises 12 events across swimming, athletics, table tennis and powerlifting. While other multi-national games, such as the Asian, Pan Am, African and Winter Olympics, were founded on geographic or climate factors, the Commonwealth Games was founded on history.

The first of the Commonwealth Games related stamps released in 2005 was the Queen's Birthday 50c stamp. The Logo stamp shown here is the first of two parts which will make up the official Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games stamp issue. Part 2 will be released on 1 March 2006.

XVIII Commonwealth Games Logo  

XVIII Commonwealth Games Logo

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This stamp features the Commonwealth Games Logo. Products available are a first day cover, roll of 100 x 50c stamps and a collector pack. A stamp pack featuring the Logo stamp and a maximum card will be released with Part 2 in March.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2006-01-12
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2006-02-06
Denominations: 1 x 50c
Designer: Gary Domoney, Octavo Design
Printer: SEP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive): B90
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: 50
National Postmark: Melbourne, VIC 3000
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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