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Chequebook 20 x 5 x $2.55 Christmas 2016 Wisemen stamps

SKU #1915408

Chequebook 20 x 5 x $2.55 Christmas 2016 Wisemen stamps

This chequebook contains 20 booklets of 5 x $2.55 self-adhesive Wisemen stamps from the Christmas 2016 stamp issue.
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This chequebook contains 20 booklets of 5 x $2.55 self-adhesive Wisemen stamps from the Christmas 2016 stamp issue.

This year’s religious stamps depict three episodes from the familiar biblical story of the birth of Christ. They show Mary tenderly cradling her newborn son; a trumpeting angel announcing the glad tidings of the birth; and the three wise men sent by King Herod to investigate the birth of the Saviour.

In the biblical Christmas story, the three wise men, or Magi, arrived in Jerusalem from the east, with news that the King of the Jews, or Messiah, had been born. Alarmed, King Herod ordered the wise men to embark on a journey to find the child. They followed a guiding star to Bethlehem, where they found the infant in a stable with Mary, his mother.

The wise men were overwhelmed with reverence and awe. They knelt before the baby Jesus, offering precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, before returning to their own countries.

The religious stamp designs have been created using the intricate art of hand paper-cut. Two other stamps, have been designed to reflect more secular celebration, and the universal values of joy and goodwill.

A highlight of this stamp issue is a pack presenting two embellished sheetlets of 10 stamps. The embellished sheetlets are of the "goodwill" and "joy" stamp designs.

Technical details

  • Issue date: 31 October 2016
  • Issue withdrawal date: 30 April 2017
  • FDI withdrawal date: 28 November 2016
  • Denominations: 3 x 65c, 1 $1.70, 1 x $2.55
  • Religious stamp design: Stuart McLachlan
  • Secular stamp design: Stacey Zass
  • Product design: Jo Muré
  • Printer religious stamps: McKellar Renown
  • Printer secular stamps: EgoTrade Pty Ltd
  • Paper (gummed): Tullis Russell Red Phosphor
  • Paper (self-adhesive): Secure Post Cprint 100, WLK6B100, Domain
  • Printing process: Offset lithography
  • Stamp size: 26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size: 130mm x 80mm
  • Sheetlet size: 120mm x 193mm
  • Perforations: 14 x 14.4
  • Sheet layout: Module of 50
  • FDI postmark: Merrylands, NSW 2160

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