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Christmas 1968

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The Christmas 1968 stamp depicted the painting, The Adoration by the Dutch artist Gherardo van Honthorst.

Issue information

Gherardo van Honthorst was also known as Gherardo delle Notti, because of his liking for paintings with a night setting.

The stamp bears the title The Adoration of the Shepherds whereas this should of just been The Adoration. 

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 47 in April 1968.

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 1968

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2 1/2c 'The Adoration' gummed stamp.

Painted by Gherardo van Honthorst, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

2 1/2c

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 October 1968
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp size: 34.5mm x 35mm
Sheet size: 50 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Performance gauge: 14.5 x 14
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 30 June 1969.
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