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CHRISTMAS STAMPS HARK FROM DOWN UNDER

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There are a couple of new stamp designs from Australia and New Zealand. Australia's 1994 Christmas stamps consist of four designs based on the painting "Adoration of the Magi" by Florentine artist Giovanni Toscani. The three lower denominations focus on details from the painting. The complete work appears on the highest value.

The four mint stamps can be purchased from your local dealer or from the Christmas Collectors Society for $15.95. The address is P.O. Box 917, Van Nuys, CA 91408.The seven New Zealand stamps illustrate Nativity scenes, carol singers, and images such as people preparing their Christmas trees. The New Zealand stamps are available from the same sources - six mint stamps $14.95, souvenir sheet, $9.95, both for $23.95.