Designer and Engraver F.D. Manley
Printer. W.C.G. McCracken.
The robes series of definitives were honourably retired in 1949 to be replaced by this interesting square sided format. This layout was only repeated once more on the 1953 Antarctic definitive. In my opinion the Antarc is the best executed stamp of the Australian Commonwealth. The colours chosen were repeated from the Robes issues, along with a £2 value in green. The £2 value replaced the equivalent Kangaroo in 1950 after a staggering period of issue of 37 years.
The imposing design was intended as the higher denomination ambassadors for Australia. It originated from a dual-use stamp duty and postage rate but was never implemented as a stamp duty. The designs came from the Stamp Advisory Committee established in 1947 for just such a purpose. The initial intention was to replace the robes with the coat of arms of each state. The commonwealth arms however, sufficed.
A close look at the designs reveals that the scrolls for the 5/-, 10/- and pound are quite different. (The 2 pound value uses the same design as the pound). The coat of arms is based on the Royal Warrant of 1912.
The series was eventually replaced in 1963 by the pre-decimal navigators.
Perforated 14½ x 13½ Watermark CA
The arms issue retained the watermarked paper throughout. This was in line with the policy of issuing only stamps of 5/- and above on watermarked paper from 1948 onwards.
Quantities reflect the total for each denomination, imprint and no imprint.
Composite plates. 180 on. See Arms format layout