150 years ago, New Zealanders began using one of the most useful and enduring of payment methods - the stamp.
150 years ago, New Zealanders began using one of the most useful and enduring of payment methods - the stamp. This important method of development meant that, for the first time ever, the residents of this young nation could pay for postage in advance and send letters and parcels throughout New Zealand and around the world.
In 2005, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of those first stamps with a superb 'collector's collection': 15 stamps that together represented some of the country's landmark issues as judged by nominees from the New Zealand Philatelic Federation. The stamps were released in three instalments: March, April and June 2005. The first issue covered the years 1855 - 1905.
An Exclusive Collector's Offer
We celebrated the occasion by offering collectors the opportunity to obtain the set of three presentation packs and a free slipcase to store the set. The free slipcase could be obtained by paying for all three presentation packs in March 2005 (the first presentation pack and free slip case was sent in March).
Included in the presentation pack were the five stamps, the miniature sheet and two first day covers.
For a glimpse of New Zealand's postal history you could not go past the miniature sheet. Each of the five stamps were included, along with a time line that showed important postal events of the day. The three stamp issues incorporated a miniature sheet, and all fitted together to provide a glimpse into 150 years of New Zealand stamps.
First Day Covers
Two first day covers, one with gummed stamps and one with the miniature sheet, showed all five stamps from this era at their best. A superb record of the changing times and lifestyles of New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Product Listing for 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps 1855-1905
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|Date of issue:||2 March 2005|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||45c 1855 Full Face Queen - London Print, 90c 1873 Newspaper, $1.35 1891 Government Life, $1.50 1898 Pictorial - Mount Cook, $2.00 1901 Universal Postage|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Totem Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 1 March 2006.|