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Gold Round Kiwi

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A popular favourite since it was first produced in 1988, the Round Kiwi is one of New Zealand Post’s most enduring stamps.

Issue information

Now, after appearances in olive green (1988), red (1991), blue (1993) and purple (1997), the Round Kiwi is being re-issued in glorious gold, a fitting hue to celebrate the start of the new millennium.

The stamp features the kiwi, New Zealand’s national symbol and a bird found nowhere else in the world. This rare animal with a distinctive curved beak and plump body cannot fly and, being nocturnal, is rarely seen in daylight. Its population is carefully monitored and protected in some parts of New Zealand.

This issue’s change in denomination from $1.00 to $1.10 reflects the new international postage rate for sending postcards or aerogrammes from New Zealand to anywhere in the world, or medium sized letters via International Air to Australia and the South Pacific.

Technical information

Date of issue: 6 March 2000
Number of stamps: One
Denomination and design: $1.10 Gold Round Kiwi
Cost of unaddressed first day cover: $1.60
Stamp designed by: Allan Mitchell, Wellington, New Zealand
First day cover designed by: Donna McKenna, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by lithography
Colour: Metallic gold only
Stamp size and format: 33mm diameter, circular format
Paper type: 103gsm gummed stamp paper
Perforation gauge: 14.48
Number of stamps per sheet: 36
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six sheet stamps. Barcode and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two sheet stamps. Barcode blocks are available in both A and B formats for sheet stamps. Colour blocks are not available for this issue, due to the one colour only process.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, this stamp will remain on sale until further notice.