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Christmas 2018

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The Christmas 2018 stamps go back to the roots of this annual celebration – the Nativity scene. The enchanting and enduring Nativity story encapsulates the meaning of Christmas for many.

Issue information

Christmas is a cultural phenomenon that brings many families together once a year in New Zealand. An official national public holiday in New Zealand since the early 20th century, Christmas is celebrated in a Southern Hemisphere summer. Christmas Day and Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) are public holidays, as well as New Year’s Day and the day after.

These beautifully illustrated stamps featured key characters in the Nativity story – Mary, baby Jesus, Joseph, a Christmas angel, three wise men, and a humble shepherd.

Miniature Sheet and First Day Covers

The Christmas 2018 stamps were available both gummed and self-adhesive formats. The gummed first day cover included all five stamps, while the self-adhesive stamps included the two $1.20 stamps, the $2.40 stamp and the $3.00 stamp. Both the miniature sheet and self-adhesive first day cover featured the flower of the pōhutukawa, the native tree considered to be New Zealand’s Christmas tree as it usually blooms in December. The gummed first day cover featured a larger illustration of the shepherd, while the self-adhesive first day cover featured the Christmas angel.

Product Listing for Christmas 2018

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Image Title Description Price
Se-tenant Set

Se-tenant set of two $1.20 gummed stamps.

Individual stamps in this set were:

Single $1.20 'The Virgin Mary' gummed stamp.

An angel appeared to Mary and told her she was to be the mother of Jesus through the divine intervention of the Holy Spirit.

Single $1.20 'The Baby Jesus' gummed stamp.

Jesus was born in a stable Bethlehem because there were no rooms available in the town. Joseph and his wife-to-be Mary had travelled to Bethlehem to register for a census, and all the inns were full.

$2.40
Single Stamp

Single $2.40 'The Christmas Angel' gummed stamp.

An angel appeared before poor shepherds and led them to the lowly stable in Bethlehem.

$2.40
Single Stamp

Single $3.00 'Three Wise Men' gummed stamp.

Far to the east, a group of wise men saw a new star in the sky. They followed the star to Bethlehem, taking with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

$3.00
Single Stamp

Single $3.60 'The Humble Shepherd' gummed stamp.

The shepherds recounted that an angel had told them of the birth of Christ the Lord.

$3.60
Single Stamp Single $1.20 'The Virgin Mary' self-adhesive stamp. $1.20
Single Stamp Single $1.20 'The Baby Jesus' self-adhesive stamp. $1.20
Single Stamp Single $2.40 'The Christmas Angel' self-adhesive stamp. $2.40
Single Stamp Single $3.00 'Three Wise Men' self-adhesive stamp. $3.00
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet. $11.40
First Day Cover First day cover with five gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $11.90
First Day Cover First day cover with four self-adhesive stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $8.30
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $11.90
Self-adhesive Dispenser Dispenser box containing 100 x $1.20 self-adhesive stamps. $120.00
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x $1.20 self-adhesive stamps. $12.00
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x $2.40 self-adhesive stamps. $21.60
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x $3.00 self-adhesive stamps. $27.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 7 November 2018
Number of stamps: Five gummed and four self-adhesive
Denominations: $1.20 x2, $2.40, $3.00, $3.60
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Saint Andrew Matautia, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour Print Ltd, Dunedin, New Zealand
Number of colours: Gummed and self-adhesive: four process colours; Miniature sheet: four process colours and gold foiling
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 30mm x 40mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Miniature sheet size: 115.02mm x 101.98
Paper type:  Gummed stamps: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive stamps: Tullis Russell red phosphor PSA stamp paper; Self-adhesive booklets: Tullis Russell red phosphor PSA stamp paper; Self-adhesive dispenser box: Ritrama Semigloss 80 stamp paper one-sided AP969 WK85; Gummed miniature sheet: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet:  25
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 14 x 14; Self-adhesive: die cut
Special blocks:  Plate/Imprint blocks could be 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 6 November 2019. First day covers remained on sale until 14 January 2019.