The Christmas 1967 issue was the first New Zealand Christmas stamp issue with a decimal currency value.
The stamp design consisted of a detail from the painting The Adoration of the Shepherds by Nicolas Poussin.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 44 in July 1967.
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Product Listing for Christmas 1967
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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.
|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|
|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.|