Is this stamp a "forever" 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 right 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.)
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: 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: Watch this space !!
Updated 18 July 2017
$1 Rhodonite Stamp Summary
This stamp was issued/released as follows: [Sheet stamp + 10 variations]
Perforated gummed stamp (Issued 30 March 2017) - Sheet (se-tenant with $1 Golden Sapphire stamp), Prestige Booklet (Block of 4 of the same stamp, Se-tenant block of 4 with other $1 & 2 x $2 stamps), Minisheet (se-tenant with other $1 & 2 x $2 stamps).
Imperforate gummed stamp (Issued 30 March 2017) - Imperforate Prestige Booklet (Block of 4 of the same stamp, Se-tenant block of 4 with other $1 & 2 x $2 stamps). [Individual stamps not valid for postage. Only whole pages are vaild for postage.]
Self-adhesive stamp (Issued 30 March 2017) - Booklet (with $1 Golden Sapphire self-adhesive stamp).
Cancelled gummed stamp (Released 31 March 2017) - Special Expo Day 2 Minisheet attached to a Medallion Cover (pair of stamps). [Stamps already cancelled hence not valid for postage.]
Special perforated gummed stamp (Released 31 March 2017) - Expo Day 2 Minisheet (single stamp with rock attached). Different stamp size and perforation from above issues/release.