What stamp is that?
There are many different types of stamps you can use or collect. Here are a few you'll find in Australia:
- Definitive stamps
Definitive stamps have commonly used stamp values (such as for a standard letter) so they can stay in circulation for a long time.
- Commemorative stamps
Commemorative stamps celebrate social or historical events of national importance.
- Thematic stamps
These stamps have a common theme, such as animals, flowers, cars, dinosaurs, space travel or fairy tales.
- Personalised stamps™
Personalised stamps allow a photograph to be printed on the tab of a currently valid postage stamp and can feature photos of family members, friends or favourite pets.
- Legend stamps
Australia once had a rule that no living person (except the Queen and members of her family) could be shown on stamps. In 1997, the first of the "Australian Legends" stamps were issued, honouring Sir Donald Bradman, Australia's most famous cricketer.
- Instant stamps
During the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the world's first instant stamps were produced for every Australian athlete or team that won a gold medal. These were printed and made available the day after the gold medal was presented.
- Souvenir stamp sheets
Special stamp sheets that are produced for a variety of reasons and events: charities, football teams, concerts and even movies.