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$1 Rhodonite stamp

Special $1 Rhodonite stamp from the Rare Beauties set

This special stamp was released on 31 March 2017 at the Melbourne Stamp Expo.  It was the single stamp in the Day 2 Minisheet.  It differed from the other $1 Rhodonite stamps.

1)  It had a lump of rock attached!  The rock was 2mm high and stuck near the top left corner of the stamp.
2)  It was a different size = 27 x 36.5mm.  (The other $1 Rhodonite stamps were 26 x 37.5mm.)
3)  It had a different perforation = 14.1 x 14.3.  (The other $1 Rhodonite stamps were 14.6 x 13.9.)

 

 

 Postal History.

I wondered how the rock would survive going through the mail stream.  I put a piece of cardboard in an envelope, sealed the envelope and affixed the special stamp.  I addressed the envelope to myself.  I have posted it in roadside mailboxes around Melbourne.  Here is it's postal history to date:

Postings #1 - #2:  April 2017.  No change.  Rock intact.  No postmark.

Posting #3:  Rock removed.  Black barcode on front.  Red barcode on back.  No postmark.

 

Postings #4 - #11:  No change.  Still no postmark!

Posting #12:  Red barcode on front.  Black "DLC 992-4, 19:27, 17/10/2017" codes on front.  No postmark yet!

Posting #13 - #15:  No change.  Still no postmark!

Posting #16:  Posted on 20 December.  Arrived on 2 January.  No postmark.  Yellow sticker with red barcode added to front of envelope.

Posting #17: January 2018.  This time it got 2 barcodes but still no postmark.  A second yellow sticker with a red barcode was attached at the bottom.  A different red barcode was printed across the top.  This top barcode has gone across the top of the stamp hence proving that the stamp has been through the mail stream but I'm not counting it as a postmark.  (This barcode is different from the one it received on the back after Posting #3.)  I wonder how often they turn on their postmarker?  9 months without a postmark is amazing!

Posting #18:  No change.

Posting #19:  The yellow sticker has covered the suburb and State text, so I have added them back.  "DLC 19/03/2018" stamp + red barcode on back.

 

Posting #20:  No change front or back.  12 months without a postmark!

Posting #21:  Added sticky tape across each corner for protection.  No change.  No postmark.

Posting #22:  New blank yellow sticker added across the bottom covering the first 3 numbers of the postcode.  No postmark.

 

 

 

I shall post it again soon.

 

Updated:  23 October 2018



 $1 Rhodonite Stamp Variations Summary.



Original Issue: 30 March 2017 (Opening Day of the 2017 Melbourne Stamp Expo)

 

Expo Day 2 Releases: 31 March 2017

 

“Impressions” Products: 6 November 2017

14 minisheets.  Limited edition = 200.  Face value of the stamps = $36.

 

The Portrait Multisheet contained 30 different stamps.  Limited edition = 200.

The $1 Rhodonite was in the bottom left corner.

 

 

$1 Rhodonite Variations
# Type Source Description Cost
1 Pair Sheet Se-tenant pair with $1 Golden Sapphire stamp $2
2 Minisheet Minisheet Se-tenant strip of 4 stamps (2 x $1 & 2 x $2) $6
3 Strip Minisheet Strip removed from minisheet $6
4 Prestige Booklet Pages Prestige Booklet (perforated) 2 pages removed from booklet $30.95
5 Block Prestige Booklet (perforated) Block of 4 of the same stamp removed from booklet page $30.95
6 Block Se-tenant block of 4 removed from booklet page
7 Prestige Booklet Pages Prestige Booklet (imperforate) 2 imperforate pages removed from booklet  $50
8 Block Prestige Booklet (imperforate) Block of 4 of the same imperforate stamp removed from booklet page $50
9 Block Se-tenant block of 4 removed from booklet page
10 Imperforate Prestige Booklet (imperforate) Imperforate stamp removed from booklet page  $50
11 Self-adhesive Booklet Self-adhesive stamp removed from booklet $10
12 Minisheet Day 2 Minisheet Special minisheet $3
13 Image Day 2 Minisheet Stamp removed from Day 2 special minisheet  $3
14 Size Day 2 Minisheet Stamp removed from Day 2 special minisheet $3
15 Perforation Day 2 Minisheet Stamp removed from Day 2 special minisheet $3
16 Minisheet Medallion Cover minisheet (cancelled) Removed from cover $45
17 Minisheet “Impressions” Minisheet Collection 2 large imperforate minisheets $149.95
18 Minisheet Small minisheet with a pair of the same stamp
19 Image “Impressions” Minisheet Collection Stamp removed from the small minisheet with a pair of the same stamp $149.95
20 Image “Impressions” Multisheet Stamp removed from multisheet $99.95
Total $692.75

 

 

 $1 Rhodonite Variation Images.

 

Variation #1

 

 

Variation #3

Variations #5 & #6

  

Variations #8 & #9

   

Variation #10

 

Variation #12

Variation #16

Variation #18

Variation #20

   

Variation #2

Variation #4

  

Variation #7

    

 

Variation #11

 

Variations #13, #14 & #15

 

 

 

 

Variation #17

    

Variation #19

 

 

 Rare Beauties Stamp Set.


[ $1 Rhodonite, $1 Golden Sapphire, $2 Fluorite, $2 Pink Diamond ]



 

 All Variations

 

[ 30 & 31 March, 1 & 2 April, 6 November 2017 ]

 

Type Source Description Cost

Blocks

Perforate and imperforate prestige booklets, Multisheet

Blocks of 4 of the same stamp removed from pages (perforate and imperforate),

Se-tenant blocks of 4 removed from pages

(perforate and imperforate),

Multisheet block of 30 stamps

$180.90

Strips

Single minisheet

Se-tenant strip of 4 stamps removed from minisheet

$6

Pairs

Sheet

2 x $1 se-tenant pair, 2 x $2 se-tenant pair

$6

Image

Day 1 - Day 4 special minisheets,

“Impressions” Minisheet Collection,

Multisheet

3 different images compared with the original sheet stamp

$161.95

Imperforate

Imperforate prestige booklet,

(“Impressions” Minisheet Collection)

Single imperforate stamps removed from pages

$50

Minisheets

Single minisheet (strip of 4 stamps),

Day 1 - Day 4 minisheets (single stamp),

Medallion Covers (pairs if the same stamp),

“Impressions” Minisheet Collection

18 minisheets:

Single, 4 daily,

4 cancelled (removed from Medallion Covers),

4 mint with pairs of the same stamp,

5 large imperforate

$348.95

Perforation

Day 2 & Day 3 minisheets

$1 Rhodonite + $2 Fluorite removed from minisheets

$6

Prestige Booklet Pages

Perforate and imperforate prestige booklets

Pages removed for both Prestige Booklets

$80.95

Self-adhesive

Booklet,

Day 1 minisheet

$1 Rhodonite + $1 Golden Sapphire removed from booklet,

$2 Pink Diamond removed from minisheet

$13

Size

 Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3 minisheets

$2 Pink Diamond, $1 Rhodonite + $1 Golden Sapphire removed from minisheets

$9

Total

$862.75