Giants have been spotted… at New Zealand Post! In 2009 we celebrated our unique natural heritage with a ‘larger than life’ illustrated issue featuring five giant stamps, 28 percent larger than normal stamps.
Imagine coming face to face with intimidating animals of gigantic proportions. Fortunately for us this is an opportunity almost as rare as the giant squid itself. New Zealand Post gave you the opportunity to capture these giant animals and preserve them forever.
New Zealand’s biodiversity is one of the most unusual on Earth, owing to our lengthy isolation from other continents. Our fauna reflects this uniqueness, evolving into distinctive and often enormous native birds, such as the giant moa and giant eagle, archaic insects like the giant weta, and mammoth ocean dwellers including the colossal squid and southern right whale.
All five creatures featured on the stamps came together to form a uniquely shaped miniature sheet.
First Day Covers
The Giants of New Zealand stamp issue had two first day covers: one stamp and one miniature sheet first day cover.
This special product was truly ‘Giant’ as it was three times the size of a standard presentation pack. It was bursting with interesting facts and figures and included a set of stamps, miniature sheet and a set of five fridge magnets featuring the five giants.
Whether you have a passion for unique glimpses of nature or a love of unique and limited collectable products, this was a must-have collection. This limited edition contained a set of stamps, colour separations of the $2.50 stamp, a uniquely numbered limited edition miniature sheet, a signed stamp first day cover and stories of the animals featured by Alison Ballance, scientist, writer, wildlife film-maker and radio presenter.
Take a look at the commemorative coins that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.
Product Listing for Giants of New Zealand
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|Date of issue:||4 March 2009|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||50c, $1.00, $1.50, $2.00, $2.50|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Dave Gunson, Auckland, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand – by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||52mm x 37.5mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||14.4 x 14.60|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until close of business 3 March 2010.|