2022 150 Years of Overland Telegraph Perth Mint Stamp & Coin PNC
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150 YEARS OF OVERLAND TELEGRAPH 2022
STAMP & COIN COVER
The Perth Mint and Australia Post have teamed up to present this stamp and coin cover which features the 150th anniversary of the overland telegraph’s completion.
- Australian legal tender
- Commemorative reverse design
- Beautifully designed presentation envelope
- Item Code 22O84AAD
- Barcode 9312650215583
- Issue Limit 7,000
- Maximum Mintage Unlimited
- Release Date 23 August 2022
On 22 August 1872, the Overland Telegraph line between Adelaide and Darwin was finally connected. It was the result of years of planning and 23 months of arduous construction through the arid centre of the continent and the wet, mosquito-infested terrain of the Top End. The telegraph involved 36,000 poles across 2,839 kilometres, from Port Augusta in the south to Darwin in the north, through territory virtually unexplored by Europeans.
Charles Todd, South Australia’s Superintendent of Telegraphs and the Postmaster-General, was the visionary responsible for bringing the project to realisation. This huge logistical achievement has been called the greatest engineering feat of the 19th-century Australia. This dramatically transformed the speed and breadth of communications in the country.
Issued as Australian legal tender, the uncirculated aluminium bronze coin is housed in a beautifully designed card with a circular window revealing the coin’s reverse and obverse designs.
Each coin portrays a stylised representation of telegraph poles and their shadows, with a stylised cloudy sky. Also included in the design is the inscription ‘150TH ANNIVERSARY’, and ‘THE OVERLAND TELEGRAPH’S COMPLETION’, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
The Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2022 year-date are shown on the coin’s obverse.
OFFICIAL AUSTRALIA POST STAMP
Affixed to the envelope is an official Australia Post $1.10 stamp. The stamp is postmarked for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity.
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