Australia Post continues the tradition of Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) throughout October with the release of the Mythical Creatures stamp issue. There are five domestic rate (60 cents) stamps and one domestic large letter rate ($1.20) stamp. This issue is available from 4 October 2011.
The fantastic world of ancient myth and legend is featured in this stamp issue with six mythical creatures including a fairy, troll, mermaid, griffin, unicorn and a dragon. Research found mythical creatures to be one of the most popular themes with children.
Stamp Collecting Month endeavours to interest and educate children about history, geography and culture through the designs on Australian stamps and the hobby of stamp collecting.
Included in this stamp issue is an Australian first, a special effect 3D minisheet. The 3D minisheet comes with viewing glasses and is housed in a special stamp pack complete with a standard minisheet.
The Mythical Creatures stamp issue was illustrated by Brisbane-based artist / illustrator Aaron Pocock. Pocock has been illustrating professionally since 1997 and this is his first stamp design commission for Australia Post.