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2020 150 Years Sydney - San Francisco Mail Steamer Service Medallion Cover PNC

2020-SYD-SAN-STEAM-MED

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2020 150 Years Sydney - San Francisco Mail Steamer Service Limited Edition Medallion Cover PNC

- Mintage 2,000

- Official Australia Post $1.10 Stamp

- Oval Shape Medal

- Protective Plastic Sleeve

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2020 150 Years Sydney - San Francisco Mail Steamer Service Limited Edition Medallion Cover PNC

On 26 March 1870, the SS Wonga Wonga departed Sydney, commencing the first regular mail steamship service between Sydney and San Francisco, via Auckland and Honolulu.

The SS City of Melbourne departed Sydney a month later, on 21 April.

The two vessels would ply the Pacific as far as Honolulu, where passengers and cargo would bre transferred to the US-flag steamers Idaho and Ajax, bound for San Francisco: the same arrangement occurred in reverse.

The stamp and silver-plated medallion show a water colour of the Wonga Wonga by Australian ship enthusiast and maritime author and artist Charles Dickson Gregory (1871-1947). The steamer was built by J & G Thompson on the Clyde River in Glasgow, in 1854, for the Australasian Steam Navigation Co, from which it was chartered for the first year of the Pacific mail route.

With a limited mintage of only 2,000 issued.

Postmarked 3 March 2020, Sydney NSW 2000

Includes Protective Plastic Sleeve

Denomination :           Medallion

Metal :                       Zinc Alloy finished in Nickel

Weight :                     49 gms

Diameter :                  61x37mm

Mintage :                    2,000

Authenticity :              Australia Post Seal of Authenticity

Pictures for Illustration Only : Serial Numbers will vary

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2020 150 Years Sydney - San Francisco Mail Steamer Service Medallion Cover PNC

2020 150 Years Sydney - San Francisco Mail Steamer Service Medallion Cover PNC

2020 150 Years Sydney - San Francisco Mail Steamer Service Limited Edition Medallion Cover PNC

- Mintage 2,000

- Official Australia Post $1.10 Stamp

- Oval Shape Medal

- Protective Plastic Sleeve