A perennial favourite with stamp collectors around the world, the Round Kiwi celebrated its sixth version in 2002.
The $1.50 Round Kiwi
First produced in olive green in 1988, this distinctive showcase of New Zealand's national symbol has appeared in red (1991), blue (1993), purple (1997) and gold (2000). In 2002 it made its appearance in burnished bronze - a colour redolent with age-old associations of strength and solidarity.
The kiwi itself is a unique survivor from an ancient evolutionary past. Numbering in the millions just 200 years ago, today the species totals only about 70,000, and continues to decline in population owing to predators such as cats, dogs, stoats, ferrets and possums. However, help is at hand with the Kiwi Recovery Programme, which aims to maintain and where possible enhance the abundance, distribution and genetic diversity of this nocturnal, flightless bird.
The $1.50 Kiwi Stamp Issue First Day Cover
The first day cover for the Bronze Round Kiwi stamp issue featured the stamp itself and an intricately rendered illustration of this unusual bird, in full and glorious colour.
Product Listing for Bronze Round Kiwi
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|Single Stamp||Single $1.50 'Bronze Round Kiwi' gummed stamp.||$1.50|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with stamp affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$2.00|
|Date of issue:||5 June 2002|
|Number of stamps:||One|
|Denomination and design:||$1.50 Bronze Round Kiwi|
|Stamp designed by:||Allan Mitchell, Wellington|
|First day cover designed by:||Martin Bailey, Auckland|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography|
|Colour:||Metallic bronze only|
|Stamp size and format:||33mm diameter (circular)|
|Paper type:||De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||36|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and gutter pairs could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats for sheet stamps. Colour blocks were not available for this issue due to the one colour only process.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 6 July 2012.|