New Zealand Post issued this special miniature sheet to commemorate the Shanghai ’97 International Stamp and Coin Expo in November 1997.
In October 1997, China and New Zealand jointly issued a set of stamps that featured the rose.
As a result of the success of this joint issue, New Zealand Post attended the Shanghai ’97 International Stamp and Coin Expo in China on 19-23 November 1997. A specially overprinted miniature sheet that featured the Roses stamps was produced for this exhibition and also featured the border and exhibition logo in gold foil.
China’s association with roses stretches back many centuries, to around 2737BC, when the Chinese first used roses in their gardens. The Aotearoa-New Zealand rose, by contrast, was a new breed developed in the 1990s to celebrate New Zealand’s sesqui-centenary in 1990.
Product Listing for Shanghai '97
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|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet.||$0.80|
|Date of issue:||19 November 1997|
|Cost of miniature sheet:||80c|
|Miniature sheet designed by:||Paul Martinson, Masterton|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by lithography|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 13 January 1998.|