Christmas, celebrating the birth of Christ, is one of the high point of the Christian calendar. More so in Australia, as Christmas also heralds summer and long holidays following the end of the school holiday.
One of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Ken Done, has illustrated traditional scenes for the 1998 Christmas stamps. The artist has provided a contemporary treatment of the traditional Christmas story, at the same time reminding the original meaning of Christmas.
The 40c stamp features the three kings who came to pay homage to the newborn child. The 45c features the nativity scene. Meanwhile, Mary and Joseph are shown travelling to Bethlehem in the AU$1.00 stamp.
Date of Issue : 2 Nov 1998
Denomination : 40c, 45c and AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : CPL
Printing Process : Offset Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Ken Done is known for his brightly coloured Australian designs. In 1992, Ken’s services to art, design and tourism were recognised with an Order of Australia.
The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 Feb 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service.