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Christmas 1995

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The Christmas 1995 stamps featured stained-glass windows. 

Issue information

Two stamps depicted images from St Mary's Anglican Church at Merivale, Christchurch with the theme being the Annunciation. Four of the Christmas stamps show the Nativity or the birth of Jesus from the three-lancet windows in The Lady Chapel of St Luke's Anglican Church, Christchurch.

The stamp issue included a booklet of ten 40c stamps issued on 9 November 1995. In addition a special miniature sheet was produced for inclusion in a special telephone card/stamp pack that was issued in December 1995.

Due to a postage rate decrease on 2 October 1995 the 45c stamp was reissued as a 40c stamp.

Product Listing for Christmas 1995

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 45c 'The Annunciation (Gabriel)' gummed stamp.

One of the stained-glass windows in St Mary's Anglican Church at Merivale, Christchurch. The window was designed in 1910 in the studio of the English craftsman and social reformer, William Morris and its theme is the Archangel Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she was to give birth to Jesus. This stamp was issued on 2 October 1995 to replace the previously issued 45c stamp due to a postage rate decrease.

$0.45
Single Stamp

Single 70c 'The Annunciation (Mary)' gummed stamp.

One of the stained-glass windows in St Mary's Anglican Church at Merivale, Christchurch. The window was designed in 1910 in the studio of the English craftsman and social reformer, William Morris and its theme is Mary during the Annunciation - the Archangel Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she was to give birth to Jesus.

$0.70
Single Stamp

Single 80c 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' gummed stamp.

An image taken from a three-lancet window in the The Lady Chapel of St Luke's Anglican Church, Christchurch - The Adoration of the Shepherds. The window was made by Whitefriars Studio in London and dates from 1909.

$0.80
Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Mother and Child' gummed stamp.

An image taken from a three-lancet window in the The Lady Chapel of St Luke's Anglican Church, Christchurch - Mother and Child. The window was made by Whitefriars Studio in London and dates from 1909.

$1.00
Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Adoration of the Magi (Three Wise Men)' gummed stamp.

An image taken from a three-lancet window in the The Lady Chapel of St Luke's Anglican Church, Christchurch - The Adoration of the Three Wise Men. The window was made by Whitefriars Studio in London and dates from 1909.

$1.50
Single Stamp

Single $1.80 'Adoration of the Magi (Three Wise Men)' gummed stamp.

An image taken from a three-lancet window in the The Lady Chapel of St Luke's Anglican Church, Christchurch - The Adoration of Magi. The window was made by Whitefriars Studio in London and dates from 1909.

$1.80

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 September 1995
Number of stamps: Six
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Ken Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand
Denominations and designs: 45c  The Annunciation (Gabriel); 70c The Annunciation (Mary); 80c The Adoration of the Shepherds; $1.00 Mother and Child; $1.50 Adoration of the Magi (Three Wise Men); $1.80 Adoration of the Magi (Three Wise Men)
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand, by lithography
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet; Booklets of ten 45c stamps; Miniature Sheet of six stamps
Perforation gauge: 12
Paper type: Unwatermarked phosphor coated
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 31 August 1996.