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Tokelau Christmas 2014

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The Kilihimahi 2014 stamp issue reflected the true meaning of Christmas – the traditional nativity story. 

Issue information

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

Image Title Description Price

Single Stamp

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.

$0.45
Single Stamp

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.

$2.00
Single Stamp

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.

$3.00
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

Technical information

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
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until9 December 2015.