The Kilihimahi 2014 stamp issue reflected the true meaning of Christmas – the traditional nativity story.
Christmas is a special time in Tokelau with the day spent spending time with friends and family, enjoying meals and festivities together, as well as attending church services.
The three stamps in this delightful Christmas issue formed a silhouette of the nativity scene – featuring the shepherds, Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the three wise men.
Lovely Christmas Collectables
Included in this issue were a miniature sheet and two first day covers containing each of the three gummed stamps. The word ‘Kilihimahi’ (meaning ‘Christmas’ in Tokelauan) appeared on all three stamps, while the design of the miniature sheet and first day covers incorporateed an angel motif.
Product Listing for Tokelau Christmas 2014
Single 45c 'The Shepherds' gummed stamp.
The shepherds were tending to their flocks when an angel appeared to them and shared the news of the birth of Jesus. The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem to visit the newborn son of God.
Single $2.00 'Jesus, Mary & Joseph' gummed stamp.
Upon arriving in Bethlehem to register for a census, there were no places in any local inns for Mary and Joseph to stay, so they were given shelter in a stable. Mary gave birth to Jesus in the stable and laid him in a manger.
Single $3.00 'Three Wise Men' gummed stamp.
The three wise men came from the east in search of Jesus under the guidance of a star. When they found Jesus and Mary in Bethlehem, they worshipped him and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet.||$5.45|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$5.95|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$5.95|
|Date of issue:||10 December 2014|
|Number of stamps:||Set of three gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||45c, $2.00 and $3.00|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand.|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until9 December 2015.|