In 1995 there were two beautiful Australian stamps issued hat featured opals. The $1.20 stamp featured a light opal while the $2.50 stamp featured a beautiful black opal. Both are holograms and this was the first time this technology had been used on a stamp.
When the stamp is held up to the light the hologram comes to life just like an opal and the color rolls and changes when you move the stamp. Australian opal was proclaimed Australia’s national gemstone in 1993. In 2008 Lightning Ridge Black Opal was officially made the new Emblem of the State of New South Wales.
These stamps were issued in a cover which also featured Boulder opal images. The black opal $2.50 stamp shows a gem grade black opal from lightning ridge NSW and displays brilliant fire greens, blue, orange and sunset fire colours.
The Light opal $1.20 stamp shows a miner underground at White Cliffs holding potch looking for opal colour. When you hold the stamp in your hand it will flash colours when you move the stamp.
The black opal stamp is bit duller than the light opal stamp that has magical flashes of opal. It is just like real opal in your hand, so when you receive a letter the fire jumps right out at you just like real lightning ridge opal.
Australia does have another stamp with Black Opal which was produced in 1973 but this was not a hologram.
What made this opal stamp interesting is it was issued at $0.08 cents but that month there was a price rise of one cent so stamps were printed over to $0.09 cents. Stamps now cost $1.00 to post nationally in Australia so $0.09 cents still seems good value.
Australia has bought out more gemstone and mineral stamps but these are the only opal stamps.
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