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The SCM quiz

Test your knowledge and see how many of the quiz questions you can answer correctly!

Simply read the question and then click on it to reveal the answer.
There are two levels of difficulty, try level 1 first.

Level 1

  • 1.The first stamp ever to be released was called the "Penny Black". Why was it called this?
    It was called the "Penny Black" because it cost one penny and it was black!
  • 2.Which month is Stamp Collecting Month?
    October is Stamp Collecting Month. Head to the "Stamp collecting – get into it!" section of the website for all the information you need to start your own stamp collection.
  • 3.What do Bull Ants (genus Myrmecia) work hard to defend?
    Bull Ants work hard to protect their home: an extensive network of underground tunnels.
  • 4.Only four colours are used to print stamps. What are they?
    The four colours are cyan (bright blue), magenta (pink), yellow and black.
  • 5.What is the full name of the unattractive, scaleless fish featured on one of this year’s Stamp Collecting Month stamps and where does it live?
    The unattractive, scaleless fish is called the Reef Stonefish Synanceia verrucosa and it lives on or around tropical coral reefs.
  • 6.How many stamps are printed in Australia every year?
    Would you believe that about one billion stamps are printed in Australia every year? That is a huge number of stamps!
  • 7.How do Lionfish hunt their prey?
    Lionfish hunt in small groups, using their fins to herd small prey before snapping them up.
  • 8.Every year, Australia Post celebrates Stamp Collecting Month with a new stamp issue. What is the theme for 2014?
    In 2014 the Stamp Collecting Month theme is “Things that Sting”.
  • 9.One of the marine creatures featured on a 2014 Stamp Collecting Month stamp gets its name from its colourful appearance. What is its name and to what size does it grow?
    The marine creature that gets its name from its colourful appearance is called the Bluespotted Fantail Ray Taeniura lymna and it grows to a modest 35 centimetres in width.
  • 10.Which was the first country in the world to issue annual Christmas stamps?
    Australia was the first country to issue annual Christmas stamps! The first one was released in 1957.
  • 11.What age was Australia's youngest stamp designer?
    Holly Alvarez of Perth was five years old when her design for a 1983 Christmas stamp was chosen in a national competition for primary school children.
  • 12.What are the three main features that must always appear on Australian stamps?
    The word "Australia", the value of the stamp and the year of issue are the three features that must always appear on Australian stamps.
  • 13.What do you think the most popular hobby in the world is?
    The most popular hobby in the world is stamp collecting! Do you or any of your friends or family collect stamps?
  • 14.How many people do you think collect stamps in Australia?
    In Australia there are over one million stamp collectors! Imagine all those collectors!

Level 2

  • 1.What does the word "philately" mean?
    Philately (pronounced fil-at-a-lee) is the study of everything relating to stamp collecting and postage.
  • 2.There are six new stamps to celebrate Stamp Collecting Month 2014. What is the name and genus of the snake that features on one of the stamps?
    The snake is the Tiger Snake (genus Notechis).
  • 3.What is the name for the small lines of holes punched between stamps?
    These are called "perforations" and they make it easier to separate the stamps. Hard steel pins called "combs" punch the small holes, creating the perforations.
  • 4.Which creature, featured on a 2014 Stamp Collecting Month stamp has yellow and black stripes on its abdomen?
    The European Wasp has yellow and black stripes across its abdomen.
  • 5.What is a commemorative stamp?
    A commemorative stamp is one that celebrates social or historical events of national importance. What kind of commemorative stamps have you seen?
  • 6.There are two types of paper on which stamps can be printed. What are they?
    Stamps can be printed on gummed or self-adhesive paper. Stamps printed on gummed paper need to be licked/moistened before putting them on an envelope. Self-adhesive stamps can be stuck straight onto an envelope.
  • 7.What are postmarks and why are they used?
    Postmarks are the official marks put on stamps to stop people from re-using them. Postmarks also show when and where letters were posted.
  • 8.Around how many species of Bull Ants live in Australia?
    Unbelievably, about 90 different species of Bull Ants live in Australia.
  • 9.How long does it take to produce a stamp?
    Producing a stamp usually takes about two years. Researchers, illustrators, photographers, designers, printers and marketers are all involved in taking a stamp through the processes of research, illustration, design, printing and preparation for sale.
  • 10.Which creature, featured on a 2014 Stamp Collecting Month Stamp, can be found in watery environments, under fallen logs or in animal burrows?
    The Tiger Snake can live in any of these environments.
  • 11.In which year was Australia's first national stamp released and what picture did it display?
    The year was 1913 and the stamp featured a kangaroo on a map of Australia.
  • 12.What does the word "mint" mean?
    As well as being the name of a type of sweet, it can also be used to describe "mint stamps". These stamps are in perfect condition, have not being through the postal system and have not been postmarked (they do not actually taste like mint!).