To commemorate a century since the first national stamp was issued in 1913 the Royal Australian Mint issued this uncirculated fifty cent piece. The reverse features A. Baggio's representation of the first Australian stamp which featured a map of Australia and a kangarro. The reverse legend states "100 YEARS OF COMMONWEALTH STAMPS" along with the dates "1913 - 2013" and the denomination "50". The obverse has the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013".
The foundations for Australia's postal service can be traced back to a single former convict named Isaac Nichols who was appointed to manage all main arriving in the colony of New South Wales. As the colony became further established mail routes were developed, postmen hired, and more formal post offices were established. With the federation of Australia in 1901 the six separate colonial post and telegraph departments combined, creating the "Postmaster General's Department" (PMG). In 1913 a two pound stamp was issued that stated "Australia Postage". Prior to this stamps carried the names of the colonies and then the states that they were issued in.
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