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Australia Postal Services 2012 Issue
Designed by Lisa Christensen, Australia Post Design Studio

Rising Sun Badge

The Australian Postal Service has issued five new stamps that have a postage value of 60c named "Rising Sun Badge" on the 17th of April 2012. These new stamps feature the Rising Sun badge or also know as the General Service Badge that is worn by Australian Army personnel. Created around 1893, it comprised seven cut-and-thrust swords alternating with six Martini Henri bayonets, radiating from a brass crown, all mounted on a red semicircular board. The stamps depict five different versions of the badge that have change through the years. The first version was used during the Boer War and was changed only a few months after its issue due to a change of name from Australia to Australian Commonwealth Horse. The third version was approved in May 1904 and was worn by personnel of Australian Imperial Forces through both World Wars. Following Queen Elizabeth II coronation (1953), the badge fifth version was issued and included the St. Edwards Crown used for her coronation. The sixth design introduced the Federation Star sitting upon a heraldic wreath. The seventh and most recent design returns the badge to near its third version. The change coincided with the 75th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

"Rising Sun Badge" stamps can be purchase as a set of 5, Mini-sheet, Booklets of 10, and FDCs. The size of the each stamp is 37.5mm x 26mm and the size of the mini-sheet is 130mm x 80mm. Perforation size of each is 13.86 x 14.6 using the 2cm reference. They were printed by the McKellar Renown using the Lithography printing method with Tullis Russel paper.


Rising Sun Badge FDC and FDC Stamp


Rising Sun Badge Mini-sheet


Rising Sun Badge Booklet


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.auspost.com.au/stamps Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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