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Christmas 1992

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In the past, many Christmas stamps depicted the traditional story and customs which surround Christmas.

Issue information

On the 1992 Christmas stamp issue the theme of 'Christmas in New Zealand' was adopted. On a pictorial block of four 45c stamps, Santa and his reindeer pass over streets dotted with kauri villas. Blossoming Pohutukawa trees front the beach and the blue of the sea and sky merge on the horizon as a bright summer day dawns.

Most New Zealanders have grown up with Christmas images imported from the Northern Hemisphere. Warmly clad children building snowmen, roaring fires and holly wreaths adorn our Christmas cards. But the reality of course, is quite different.

Product lisiting for Christmas 1992

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 45c 'Reindeer' gummed stamp $0.45
Single Stamp Single 45c 'Reindeer and Father Christmas' gummed stamp. $0.45
Single Stamp Single 45c 'Christmas tree' gummed stamp. $0.45
Single Stamp Single 45c 'Eager Children' gummed stamp. $0.45
Single Stamp

Single 65c 'Fireplace' gummed stamp.

Single Stamp Single $1.00 'Church' gummed stamp. $1.00
Single Stamp Single $1.50 'Pohutukawa Tree' gummed stamp. $1.50
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on first day of issue. $5.20
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x 80c definitive stamps and 10 Fastpost Stickers. $8.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 16 September 1992
Designers: Ken Hall, Christchurch, NZ
Printer: Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Stamp size: 29.5mm x 35mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14.5
Paper type: Peterborough Paper Convertors, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 16 September 1993.