Christianity is a key element of life for Niueans, and locals celebrate Christmas just as those in many other countries do – by spending time with loved ones, sharing food and gifts, and reflecting on the traditional Christmas story.
In the Christmas 2019 stamp issue for Niue, the nativity scene was created out of paper and coloured pencils, showing various characters from the Nativity includng Mary, baby Jesus, a wise man, a shepherd, the Christmas star and a donkey.
This charming stamp issue comprised four gummed stamps: 30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00. The figures have been made from everyday materials that families and children may use at school or at home, in a fun and creative telling of the Christmas story. Each stamp reads ‘Monuina e Kilisimasi’ - Merry Christmas in Niuean.
Product listing for Niue Christmas 2019
Single 30c gummed stamp.
An angel appeared to Mary and told her she would be the mother of Jesus.
Single $1.40 gummed stamp.
Far to the east, a group of wise men saw a new star in the sky and followed the star to Bethlehem.
Single $2.00 gummed stamp.
The shepherds recounted that an angel had told them of the birth of Christ the Lord.
Single $4.00 gummed stamp.
The wise men and shepherds were led to the manger where they brought gifts and blessings to baby Jesus.
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet.||$7.70|
|First Day Cover||First Day Cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First Day Cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Date of issue:||4 December 2019|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations:||30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Hannah Fortune, NZ Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, NZ Post, Whanganui, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|Special blocks:||Plate and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 3 Decembr 2020.|