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Centenary Philatelic Society of New Zealand

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One hundred years ago New Zealand stamps were few and far between - only a handful, all bearing the portrait of Queen Victoria, had been issued. On 5 September 1888, four collectors met to discuss their hobby; the outcome of the meeting was the Philatelic Society of New Zealand, the nation's first organised stamp collectors' group.

Issue information

The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand is affiliated to the country's national philatelic body, the New Zealand Philatelic Federation.

To mark 100 years of organised philately in New Zealand the Society organised the "Royal 100" national philatelic exhibition in Wellington in October 1988. The miniature sheet depicts the 'Chalon' portrait of Queen Victoria. Part of the portrait formed the vignette on New Zealand's first stamp issue in 1855. Also incorporated into the sheet was a reproduction of a 1859 6d (brown) Full Face Queen Victoria stamp.

Product listing for Centenary Philatelic Society of New Zealand

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Image Title Description Price
Se-tenant Set Mint, used or cancelled set of 2 x 40c stamps. $0.80
Miniature Sheet Mint,used or cancelled miniature sheet. $1.00
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $0.91
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $1.17

Technical information

Date of issue:   13 January 1988
Stamps designer: R M Conly, Waikanae, M Stanley, Waikanae and A G Mitchell, Wellington
Miniature sheet: Reproduction of Chalon portrait of Queen Victoria
Printers: Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Stamp size: 40mm x 28mm
Miniature sheet size: 158mm x 107mm
Sheet size:  100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14 x 14.3
Paper type: Unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 13 January 1989.