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.
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.
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.
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.|