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Christmas 1967

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The Christmas 1967 issue was the first New Zealand Christmas stamp issue with a decimal currency value.

Issue information

The stamp design consisted of a detail from the painting The Adoration of the Shepherds by Nicolas Poussin.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 44 in July 1967.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for Christmas 1967

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2 1/2c 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' gummed stamp.

Painted by by Nicolas Poussin in the 17th century and now hangs in the National Gallery, London.

2 1/2c

Technical information

Date of issue: 3 October 1967
Designers: Harrison and Sons, England
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp size: 24mm x 40mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Performance gauge: 13.25 x 14.25
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 30 June 1968.
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