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Christmas 2019 Set of Mint Stamps

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Mint set of five gummed stamps.

Individual stamps included in this set

$1.30 Mary and Jesus

Mary and baby Jesus appear here with a New Zealand fern frond and koru. Along with a fresh green background, the koru represent unfurling life and new beginnings.

$1.30 Joseph

Over a backdrop of pōhutukawa, New Zealand’s native Christmas tree whose flowers appear for a short period over summer, Joseph looks down on baby Jesus.

$2.60 Shepherd

The shepherd plays a flute over a background of harakeke - New Zealand flax - which in Māori tradition is used for food, medicine and weaving.

$3.30 Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

The three wise men are accompanied by tī kōuka, cabbage trees, reminiscent of the tall palms from the eastern lands they may have travelled from.

$4.00 Angel

Accompanying the 2019 Christmas angel, karaka, or New Zealand laurel, is a fruiting tree whose berries are feasted on by many native birds.

Date of issue: 6 November 2019
Number of stamps: Five gummed and four self-adhesive
Denominations: $1.30 x 2, $2.60, $3.30, $4.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Donna McKenna Studio, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd, Dunedin, New Zealand by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 35mm x 34.55 mm (horizontal); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Miniature sheet size and format: 140mm x 90mm (horizontal)
Paper type:  Gummed stamps: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive stamps: Arconvert - (FSC) Securpost MC 90/KB85 P11p
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 14.286 x 14.47; 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 5 November 2020. First day covers remained on sale until 5 January 2020.