New Zealand's landscape is one of spectacular beauty, a place where nature is at its breathtaking best.
This small country of only 270,000 square kilometres possesses a vast abundance of scenic delights, from majestic snow-capped mountains to lush rain forests, black sandy beaches to glorious white-sand beaches, from ancient glaciers to hissing geysers and boiling mud pools. In 2003 we celebrated this rich diversity with five stamps, depicting scenery from both the North and the South Island.
Five Stunning Locations
All five gummed stamps together with a self-adhesive version of the $1.50 stamp, featured on the 2003 Scenic Definitives first day cover.
Distinctly New Zealand
The five 2003 Scenic Definitives featured New Zealand Post's new stamp identifier, the fern image especially commissioned for use on our stamps. The fern was chosen as a recognised symbol of New Zealand - delicate yet strong, it was particularly appropriate when set agqainst these natural landscapes.
A New Era of Stamp Design
For most of its 160-year history, New Zealand Post (and its predecessor the New Zealand Post Office) had been the only organisation authorised to issue New Zealand stamps.
Today, however, we now operated in a fully competitive market, with several others vying for the share of the stamps business. That's why, in 2003, we developed the new 'stamp identifier', a stylised fern that you would see on most New Zealand Post stamps from now on. This elegant icon set our stamps apart from the rest for this and any furture issues.
To celebrate this event, we created a very special stamp sheet collector's item. The first 100 sheets of each of the $1.00, $1.50, $2.00 and $5.00 2003 Scenic Definitives stamps and the first 500 sheets of the 50c stamp were numbered and issued with the fern overprinted with silver foil.
Product Listing for 2003 Scenic Definitives
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|Date of issue:||7 May 2003|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||50c Alisa Mountains, $1.00 Coromandel, $1.50 Arrowtown (gummed and self-adhesive), $2.00 Tongariro National Park, $5.00 Castlepoint|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||CommArts Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 25mm (landscape)|
|Paper type:||Gummed: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper; Self-adhesive: 210gsm PSA gloss back stamp paper|
|Perforation guage:||Gummed: 13.50 x 13.25; Self-adhesive: diecut|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50c and $1.00 sheets of 100; $1.50 in sheets of 50 and booklets of five; $2.00 and $5.00 in sheets of 50|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least four 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 format.|
|Period of sale:||This issue remained on sale until 20 December 2014.|