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1984 Health

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The 1984 Health Stamp Issue featured three popular breeds of horses - Clydesdales, Shetlands and Thoroughbreds. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Issue information

Clydesdales are distinguished by a combination of weight, size and activity, with exceptionally strong feet and limbs.  The history of the Clydesdale breed dates back to the early part of the 18th century.  Flemish stallions were imported into the Clyde valley area in Scotland, in an attempt to increase the size of the native draught horses.

Shetlands are one of the smallest and at the same time one of the strongest members of the equine world.  Their origin is unknown but their existence has been recorded in the Shetland Islands for many centuries.  The Shetland's docile nature and height make it an ideal saddle pony for small children.

The descriptive name "thoroughbred" is synonymous with racehorses.  All thoroughbreds are reputed to trace their ancestry back to three eastern sires - the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Barb and the Byerley Turk.  New Zealand's temperate climate is an ideal environment for breeding thoroughbreds and the colour and spectacle of a race day is part of the New Zealand way of life.

Product listing for 1984 Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 24c + 2c x 2 'Two se-tenant stamps depicting a Clydesdales and Shetland Ponies' gummed stamp. $0.52
Single Stamp

Single 30c + 2c 'Thoroughbred' gummed stamp.

Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet.
Incorporating two examples of each stamp.
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first dau of issue. $0.91

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 August 1984
Denominations: 24c + 2c (x2) printed se-tenant, 30c + 2c
Designer: Margaret A. Chapman, Christchurch
Printer and process: Harrison and Sons Ltd, England by lithography
Stamp size and format: 42.40m x 25.23mm (horizontal)
Sheet size:  100 (10 rows of 10)
Perforation gauge: 14.25
Paper type: Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 30August 1985.