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International Year of Peace

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Costa Rica is a small country, bordered by Nicaragua and Panama, and on either side by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Small it may be, but it was Costa Rica's initiative that saw the International Year of Peace first proposed in the United Nations General Assembly in 1981. The following year, a proposal to observe the calendar year of 1986 as the official United Nations International Year of Peace was adopted by consensus.

Issue information

During 1985 a nationwide design competition was held to obtain designs for the stamp issue. The winning designs were seen as strongly promoted the message of peace. They incorporated a diverse group of peace symbols that would be recognised by the widest possible spectrum of the community:  the dove; the 'tree of life', the United Nations Year of Peace logo; and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 35 in April 1986.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for International Year of Peace

Image Title Description Price
  Set of Stamps

Mint, used or cancelled sheet of 2 x 25c stamps.

(Two se-tenant stamps depicting the dove; the 'tree of life'; the United Nations Year of Peace logo; and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol.

  First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $0.61

Technical information

Date of issue: 5 March 1986   
Denominations: 25c x 2 se-tenant
Designer: Margaret Clarkson, Auckland
Printer and process: Waddington Security Print Ltd, England by offset lithography
Stamp size and format: 28.45mm x 42.58mm (horizontal)
Number of stamps per sheet: 100 (10 rows of 10)
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 30 April 1987.
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