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1995 $20 Definitive Stamp

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Single $20 gummed stamp.

In response to demand for a high value postage stamp for documents and parcels, New Zealand Post issued its first ever $20 Definitive stamp.

With such an elaborate design, hidden security features, and an extremely complex production and printing method, this magnificent new stamp is truly reflective of its high face value - both here and as an ambassador on overseas parcels.The stamp design was engraved by Polish born Czeslaw Slania in Sweden.

The designer has cleverly woven together several distinctive New Zealand icons to create a stamp with an unmistakably New Zealand heritage. Dominated by New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook, and two native plants - the ponga fern and the distinctive flower of the kōwhai tree. An indigenous Māori rafter pattern forms a top border, while the New Zealand flag is also woven into the montage.

Date of issue: 18 February 1994
Designer: Heather Arnold, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer: /th> Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Stamp size: 57.5mm x 48mm
Sheet size: 25 stamps per sheet
Process:> Recess printed - intaglio, lithography and gold foiling
Perforation gauge: 14.5 x 15
Paper type: Coated papers, red phosphor coated, with a line design watermark and fluorescent security marking