Penguins are the most commonly found birds in Antarctica, and the Ross Dependency 2014 stamp issue featured the five unique breeds of penguin that choose to call this cold, dry continent home.
Truly flightless birds, penguins have evolved traits that make them perfect for icy conditions such as those of Antarctica. While many different colonies of penguins live in Antarctica, the majority of the world’s penguins prefer to inhabit other cooler waters in the Southern Hemisphere. A layer of fat under their feathers keeps them warm and a white belly acts as a camouflage keeping them safe from predators when swimming under ice.
The unique round stamps in this issue depict the emperor, Adelie, macaroni, gentoo and chinstrap penguins in their natural habitats, and feature an over-gloss of a compass design.
Picturesque Penguin Collectables
You could add to your Ross Dependency collection with these specially designed collectables celebrating the penguins of Antarctica. This issue included a first day cover, a miniature sheet and a miniature sheet first day cover, all of which featured the five stamps from this issue. The miniature sheet featured a macaroni penguin and the first day cover featured adorable baby Adélie penguins.
Expand your Collection with the Presentation Pack
To learn even more about these charming penguins and their habits, you could order the 2014 Ross Dependency: The Penguins of Antarctica presentation pack. As well as providing further information about the stars of this issue, it included the five gummed stamps, the miniature sheet and the first day covers.
The Ultimate Ross Dependency Collectable
The premium collectable in this issue, the limited edition was produced in limited numbers (only 2,000 were available worldwide) and contained stamp products not available elsewhere. The booklet inside described these fascinating birds and contained plate blocks of each of the five stamps in detail.
Included in the limited edition was a specially designed first day cover signed by Peter Beggs, Chief Executive, Antarctica New Zealand, a unique numbered inperforate miniature sheet, and colour seperations of the $3.00 stamp.
Ross Dependency and Greenland Joint Issue: From Pole to Pole
For the first time, the Ross Dependency issued a joint stamp issue with Greenland. Ross Dependency and Greenland are literally ’poles apart’, with the South Pole sitting at 90° south and the North Pole sitting at 90° north in Greenland. The wildlife at the Arctic is very different from the Antarctic, with several species of mammals, including Polar Bears and Arctic Foxes that could not survive at the South Pole.
This special joint issue included a miniature sheet (featuring the $3.00 Ross Dependency stamp and a replica of Greenland’s Polar Bear stamp) and one miniature sheet first day cover. The first day cover featured a special ‘From Pole to Pole’ datestamp.
Ross Dependency Postage in New Zealand
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Product Listing for 2014 Ross Dependency - Penguins of Antarctica
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Product Listing for Ross Dependency and Greenland Joint Issue: From Pole to Pole
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|Date of issue:||19 November 2014|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed stamps|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Denominations:||80c, $1.40, $2.00, $2.50 and $3.00|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||33mm diameter round|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||10|
|Spacial blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks, barcode A blocks, and logo and value blocks were available for this issue.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 18 November 2015.|