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2006 Christmas Grand Finale
Australia 2006 Stamp Issue

Ireland Christmas 2006 Stamp Issue

Norway Christmas 2006 Stamp Issue

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year we decided to cover three different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. This week we visit Australia, Ireland and Norway. Each of their 2006 Christmas stamp issues and specifications are listed below.

Australia issued a three stamp set named "Christmas 2006". This set was designed by Anne Spudvilas and issued on November 1, 2006. The stamps depict three scenes from the story surrounding Christ's birth: Baby Jesus in the arms of the Virgin Mary, One of three wise men journeying to Bethlehem, and a young shepherd boy. Each stamp size is 26mm x 37.5mm with a perforation size of 14.6 x 13.86 They will be printed by SEP Sprint using the Lithography Printing process with Tullis Russell/B100 paper.

Ireland issued a two stamp set and a smaller booklet stamp. They were designed by PJ Lynch and QDesign and named "Christmas 2006". The two stamp set depicts Madonna and child, and a shepherd. The smaller booklet stamp features a famous Nativity scene painted by Simon Bening. The stamps were issued on November 9th 2006. The size of the stamp set stamps is 29.79mm x 40.64mm and the size of the smaller booklet stamp is 25mm x 30mm. Perforation size for the stamp set and booklet stamps is 14 x 15. The stamps will be printed by Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd. using the Lithography printing process.

Norway issued 2 new stamps designed by Jan Kristian Haavi and Horn O. Jontvedt named "Christmas 2006" on the 17th of November 2006. The stamps depict children with a Christmas tree, and a child with a snowman. They will be printed by Royal Joh. Enschede, Netherlands using the Photogravure/Offset printing process. Each stamp will be sold in booklets of 10. A quantity of 1,470 million stamp booklets will be printed.

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