The 2011 Christmas stamp issue portrayed the Nativity – the traditional Christian story that has been told and treasured by people around the world for generations.
In New Zealand, Christmas is a time to spend with friends and family, and often reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of baby Jesus. The 2011 Christmas stamp issue featured five intricately illustrated gummed stamps that highlight key moments in the Nativity story. Each gummed stamp had a unique diamond shape and featured metallic gold printing, adding to the festive feel of the issue.
First Day Covers that Captured the Spirit of Christmas
The 2011 Christmas stamps were available on two first day covers – one with gummed stamps affixed, and the other with self-adhesive stamps affixed. Both featured beautifully illustrated stained glass windows that continue the traditional Christmas theme.
Product Listing for 2011 Christmas
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|Date of issue:||2 November 2011|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed stamps and three self-adhesive stamps|
|Denominations:||Gummed: 60c, $1.20, $1.90, $2.40 and $2.90; Self-adhesive: 60c, $1.90, $2.40|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Karen Mounsey-Smith, Brisbane, Australia|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography and Australia Post, Sprintpak, Australia (self-adhesive 60c booklet only)|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus metallic gold|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 35mm x 35mm; Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive: B100 self-adhesive stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks were obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 1 November 2012.|