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SKU #1911126

AAT Ice Flower stamp pack

SKU #1911126

AAT Ice Flower stamp pack

$14.45
The AAT Ice Flowers stamp pack contains all four stamps and the embellished minisheet from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.
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The AAT Ice Flowers stamp pack contains all four stamps and the minisheet from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.

The minisheet features six embellishments. From left to right, the $1 light-blue stamp is foiled with a translucent pearl foil; the $1 purple-blue with a clear holographic foil and embossed with a hand-sculptured embossing die (as is the top-left of the minisheet itself); the $2 orange stamp is foiled with a clear foil and debossed; and the $3 grey-green ice flower stamp is foiled with a metallic silver-gold foil and embossed with a hand-sculptured embossing die.

At nearly six million square kilometres, the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) is the largest part of the continent of Antarctic claimed by any nation. The region was placed under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1933 and its three year-round stations, Mawson, Davis and Casey, are administered by the Hobart-based Australian Antarctic Division.

The ice flowers or ice ferns represented on these stamps are the names given to the intricate ice patterns that form on glass at AAT stations throughout the winter months. These icy wonders are created when humid air meets a sub-zero glass pane or window. As winter temperatures frequently fall below -40 ° C, they are a common occurrence in Australia’s stations. The icy patterns seem to grow like plants and resemble ferns or flowers, hence their name. Dust and other matter present on the glass can change the way these formations occur. For instance, droplets of water melted by the sun on the inside of a double-glazed window can be transformed into flowery marvels by ice forming overnight.

Technical details

  • Issue date: 20 September 2016
  • Issue withdrawal date: 31 March 2017
  • FDI withdrawal date: 18 October 2016
  • Denominations: 2 x $1, 1 x $2, 1 x $3
  • Stamp illustration:Sharon Rodziewicz
  • Product design: Sharon Rodziewicz
  • Printer (gummed): RA Printing
  • Paper (gummed): Tullis Russell Red Phosphor
  • Printing process: Offset lithography
  • Stamp size: 35mm x 35mm
  • Minisheet size: 160mm x 70mm
  • Perforations: 14.28x14.28
  • Sheet layout: Module of 50
  • FDI postmark: Kingston TAS 7050

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