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Commonwealth Games

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In 1990 Auckland, New Zealand hosted the 14th Commonwealth Games.

Issue information

The 14th Commonwealth Games stamp issue entailed eight bold commemorative stamps representing a wide variety of the 1990 Games events, along with the Games mascot, Goldie - the Kiwi, and the official Games logo, together with two souvenir miniature sheets.

Souvenir Sheet - 80c - b

Two 40c stamps, one with the 1990 Commonwealth Games logo and the other with the Games mascot 'Goldie' the Kiwi were depicted against a background of the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland.
Issued 24 January 1990.

Souvenir Sheet - 80c - c

Two 40c stamps, one with the 1990 Commonwealth Games logo and the other with the Games mascot 'Goldie' the Kiwi were depicted against a background of the Games Stadium in Auckland.
Issued 24 January 1990.

Product listing for Commonwealth Games

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Games Logo' gummed stamp.

The official Games logo shows the four stars of the Southern Cross exploding from a circle containing the Commonwealth colours. The stars represent New Zealand, but the rest is pure Auckland with the two blue bands echoing the seas on either side of the city. In the centre, the red band represents the land mass - the isthmus, Auckland.

Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Goldie' gummed stamp.

The idea for a symbol to unite all New Zealand sports men and women was dreamed up in 1984. 'Goldie' was unveiled at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then attended the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and was the official 1990 event mascot.

Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Gymnastics' gummed stamp.

Amazing east European and Asian gymnasts have popularised the sport and in recent Games history gymnastics has been one of the most popular spectator events due to beautiful breathtaking displays, and 'perfect' scores of 10.

Single Stamp

Single 50c 'Weightlifting' gummed stamp.

The new Aotea Centre was the venue for the Commonwealth Games weightlifting event. The auditorium seated 2300 spectators including overseas television announcers and media. The event was held over five consecutive days covering ten different body weight categories from 52kg to 110+kg.

Single Stamp

Single 65c 'Swimming' gummed stamp.

Since Mark Spitz set an Olympic record with his tally of 7 gold medals at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1972, athletes the world over have tried to match his feat. Younger and younger swimming stars are shattering record times regularly.

Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Cycling' gummed stamp.

Since cycling was first introduced as an event in the Commonwealth Games, cycles have been rapidly modernised and the times achieved have been clipped. The Cycling events have made huge gains in popularity and track personalities.

Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Lawn Bowls' gummed stamp.

Lawn Bowls was hosted by the Pakuranga Combined Bowling Centre at Lloyd Elsmore Park. This was an outstanding venue in terms of greens, clubhouse facilities and spectator appeal.

Single Stamp

Single $1.80 'Athletics' gummed stamp.

Tracks and field events sizzle at any Commonwealth Games. It is here that personal triumphs are cheered, and tragedies witnessed, good times are shared, and records are slashed. The athletics track is the focus of any Games and the talent displayed upon it, the focus of wonder.

First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $6.20

Technical information

Date of issue: 08 November 1989
Designers: Heather Arnold, Auckland
Printers: Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Denomination: 40c x 3 stamps, 50c, 65c, 80c, $1.00, $1.80
Stamp size: 35mm x 30mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge:  14.25
Paper type: Red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 8 November 1990.