Tuesday was the official release date of the Australian Bush Babies II stamps featuring the illustrations I did for the Australian Bush Babies II silver coins.
The original Australian Bush Babies coin series began back in 2009 and Australia Post enjoyed the illustrations so much that they wanted to make a stamp series. I was delighted to hear that they were again interested in producing stamps for 2013 when it was evident I had illustrated a second series of baby Australian animals for the Australian Bush Babies II series of coins.
The recent stamp release features five more Australian baby animals including the kookaburra, possum, platypus, echidna and wombat. The stamps come packaged in a variety of forms including the first day cover, stamp packs, leaflets and gutter strips. There is also a stamp and coin pack containing a stamp and matching base metal coin from The Perth Mint, which will be released at intervals throughout the year. This time all of the stamps are international stamps ranging in value from $1.70 – $6.45 which means they will be a little bit more expensive for collectors.
Australia Post’s designer Simone Sakinofsky has done a wonderful job of translating the first and second series into stamps. I particularly love the motif you can see clearly on the PNC. I haven’t been able to find the stamps in the Australia Post outlets yet, so I’m eager to see them in person!