For many children across New Zealand, performing in a nativity play is a festive tradition. The story of the nativity play is told through stunning illustrations on the Christmas 2014 stamps.
Each of the five gummed stamps incorporated gorgeous watercolours with mixed media to bring a realistic element to the images. The illustrations depict five of the central characters to the nativity play and a pōhutukawa flower is subtly depicted on each stamp, giving the designs a uniquely New Zealand touch.
Festive First Day Covers with a New Zealand Touch
As part of this special Christmas issue, two first day covers were available - one with the gummed stamps affixed and the other with the self-adhesive stamps affixed. Both first day covers featured a watercolour illustration of a pōhutukawa flower, colloquially known as the ‘New Zealand Christmas Tree’. The pōhutukawa flowers from November to January, with a peak in mid to late December with vibrant crimson flowers covering the tree.
Perfect for both local and international postage, three self-adhesive stamps were also available in denominations of 80c, $2.00 and $2.50.
Christmas Stamps Perfect for Postage
The 2014 self-adhesive Christmas stamps were available in three convenient booklets of ten, and when you purchased a $2.00 or $2.50 booklet, you received ten stamps for the price of nine.
The $2.00 and $2.50 self-adhesive stamps included the ‘International Par Avion Air’ symbol to help identify them specifically for international use. To make it convenient, we also included ten international air stickers in the international booklets to make your Christmas sending as simple as possible.
A dispenser box of 100 x 80c stamps was also available for your domestic postage needs.
Product Listing for Christmas 2014
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|Date of issue:||1 October 2014|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed and three self-adhesive stamps|
|Denominations:||Gummed: 80c, $1.40, $2.00, $2.50, $3.00; Self-adhesive: 80c, $2.00, $2.50|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Lindy Fisher, Auckland, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours and metallic gold|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 40mm x 30mm (horizontal); Self-adhesive: 30mm x 25mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Dispenser box stamps: Avery Dennison 210gsm B90 Kraft Back WLK5 Adhesive; Booklets: Tullis Russell 210gsm red phosphor PSA stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||Gummed: 14; Self-adhesive: die-cut|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks were obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 30 September 2015.|