Friday, November 1, 2013

Christmas 1999

Australia's 1999 Christmas stamps are designed by well-known Australian painter and tapestry designer, John Coburn.

Coburn's paintings favour large, stylised shapes, often painted in glowing colours. His work radiates an intense joy that has no counterpart in Australia painting.

The 40c stamp features Madonna and Child, while the AU$1.00 stamp features an abstract Tree of Life.


Date of Issue : 1 Nov 1999
Postmark : Christmas Hills 7330 TAS
Denomination : 40c and AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 26 mm x 37.5 mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography


John Coburn's artwork also appeared in Australia's 1969 Christmas stamps, along with George Hamori.

Coburn's "Tree of life and Baby Jesus" is depicted in the 25c stamp while Hamori's design, featuring nativity scene in a stained glass window, is depicted in the 5c stamp.

(Stamp images from

In 1960 and again in 1977, Coburn won the Blake Prize for Religious Art. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1980 and an honorary doctorate at James Cook University, Townsville in 1991.

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