For many hopeful prospectors, their dreams of wealth were fulfilled, with fields in Thames, the West Coast and Otago yielding this precious metal in abundance. Their successes led to more arrivals, with New Zealand experiencing unprecedented population growth during the gold rush years – increasing by 75 per cent between 1861 and 1864.
In the middle and later years of the 19th century, miners in their thousands travelled to New Zealand from all over the world, drawn by excited reports of gold discovered and dreams of riches beyond their imaginations. Their arrival and the results of their toil were to have spectacular effects on this country’s social and economic fabric – effects that can still be seen today.
For many hopeful prospectors, their dreams of wealth were fulfilled, with fields in Thames, the West Coast and Otago yielding this precious metal in abundance. Their successes led to more arrivals, with New Zealand experiencing unprecedented population growth during the gold rush years – increasing by 75% between 1861 and 1864.
The gold rushes now rank as one of the most powerful stimuli ever for the New Zealand economy, with the South Island in particular reaping the benefits of its newfound wealth.
Touch Gold for Yourself...
Gold was a glamorous feature on our miniature sheet – look closely and you could see gold foiling on each of the stamps. Both the stamp and miniature sheet first day covers had photographic reproductions that provided a fascinating glimpse of the lives of those passionate about the pursuit of this elusive prize.
Stamps and Collectables in One
The Gold Rush presentation pack included all five stamps beautifully displayed with the miniature sheet and two first day covers. You’ll also learned more about the history of New Zealand’s gold rush – an era of adventure that will never come our way again.
Gold Rush for the Connoisseur
Produced only in limited quantities – just 2,000 worldwide – this prestigious, individually numbered and authenticated limited edition was truly a stamp collector’s treasure. It featured a comprehensive commentary on the gold rush story as well as a signed gold foiled first day cover, imperforate gold foiled individually numbered miniature sheet, colour separations of the $2.00 stamp, plate blocks of each of the five stamp denominations and a set of five stamps.
Take a look at the commemorative coins that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.
Product Listing for Gold Rush
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|Date of issue:||6 September 2006|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed stamps|
|Denominations and designs:||45c, 90c, $1.35, $1.50, $2.00|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Cato Partners|
|Miniature sheet designed by:||Cato Partners|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus thermochromic ink and gold foiling|
|Stamp size and format:||45c: 30mm x 40mm (vertical); 90c, $1.35, $1.50, $2.00: 30mm x 40mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104 gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14|
|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 5 September 2007.|