In August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese cities were destroyed and thousands of civilians killed; countless more died of radiation. The nuclear age had dawned.
Nuclear weapons have never been used in anger since, but the world has shuddered at the ugly mushroom shape of test blasts and once or twice has teetered on the edge of nuclear catastrophe. With the end of the Cold War, humans have stepped back from the brink but the United States, Britain, the former Soviet Union, France and China had stockpiled nuclear weapons and several other countries were also capable of producing nuclear weapons.
New Zealand Post issued this special stamp featuring the international peace symbol to communicate New Zealand's opposition to nuclear weapons and nuclear testing, and its hope that the world will one day be nuclear free.
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Single $1.00 'Nuclear Free' gummed stamp.
Featuring the international peace symbol to communicate New Zealand's opposition to nuclear weapons and tests.
|First Day Cover||First day cover with stamp affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$1.25|
|Pre-paid Postcard||Pre-paid postcard with stamp affixed.||$1.25|
|Date of issue:||1 September 1995|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Colenso Communications Limited, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand, by lithography|
|Stamp size and format:||28mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||100|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14|
|Paper type:||Harrison and Sons, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 1 September 1996.|