Friday, June 13, 2014

Olympic Torch

The 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games heralded a number of firsts in Olympic history. Held from 22 Nov to 8 Dec 1956, it was the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, also the first time Australia had hosted this world's most celebrated sporting event.

One of the most glorious sights of the Games was the lighting of the Olympic Flame on 22 Nov 1956. The Olympic Games symbolises the light of spirit, life and knowledge. Australia Post issued a set of 4 stamps then to commemorate the XVI Olympiad - one of the stamps depicting an Olympic Torch.

The Olympic Torch stamp has been reproduced, in contemporary 'stamp on stamp' design, as part of Australia 99 Olympics Day celebrations on 22 Mar 1999.


Date of Issue : 22 Mar 1999
Postmark : Melbourne VIC 3000
Denomination : AU$1.20
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Harrisons
Printing Process : Offset lithography


So far, Australia has hosted the Games twice - Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

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