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2020 Year of the Rat $3.30 Stamp

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$3.30 The Rat

The ship rat is the most commonly found rat in New Zealand, having stowed aboard the vessels of early European settlers. Common on New Zealand’s main islands, the rat poses a threat to native species who are vulnerable to this imported predator. This stamp celebrates the spirit of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac.

Date of issue: 4 December 2019
Number of stamps: Four gummed stamps
Denominations: $1.30, $2.60, $3.30, $4.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Asiaworks, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer and process: Australia Post by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Miniature sheet size and format: 150mm x 90mm (horizontal)
Paper type:  Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor, OBA free, PVA gummed paper
Number of stamps per sheet:  25
Perforation gauge: 13.33 x 13
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 3 December 2020. First day covers will remain on sale until 29 January 2020.