The popular Round $1 Kiwi stamp was re-released in 1997 in purple.
New Zealand Post’s circular Kiwi stamp was first issued in green in 1988. This stamp was printed using the intaglio printing method and was released as booklets of six stamps.
Since the first release, the Round $1. Kiwi stamp was re-issued in red in 1991, again using intaglio printing. The 1991 release was produced in sheets of 24 stamps. In 1993 a second re-release of the Round $1 Kiwi stamp was produced, this time in blue.
The Round $1 Kiwi had become one of the most popular New Zealand stamps both with New Zealand and overseas collectors. It was re-released in 1997 in purple. Printed by Southern Colour Print, for the first time the sheet stamps were produced using the lithography printing process.
Product Listing for 1997 Round $1 Kiwi
|Single Stamp||Single $1.00 ‘Kiwi’ gummed stamp.||$1.00|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with stamp affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$1.50|
|Date of issue:||6 August 1997|
|Stamp designed by:||Allan Mitchell, Wellington|
|First day cover designed by:||Communication Arts Limited, Wellington|
|Number of stamps:||One|
|Denominations and designs:||$1.00 Kiwi|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by lithography|
|Number of colours:||One|
|Stamp size and format:||33mm diameter (circular format)|
|Paper type:||103gsm gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||36|
|Cost of unaddressed first day cover with one stamp:||$1.50|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint, positional or value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps.|
|Colour blocks:||As this stamp was printed in one colour only, these blocks were not available for this issue.|
|Barcode blocks:||Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|