Commemorating the Anzac spirit 100 years on

27 February 2015

New Zealand Post is marking the centennial of the Gallipoli landings with the second instalment of its five-year stamp and coin programme, titled ‘1915 The Spirit of Anzac’.

“Gallipoli was a significant event in the formation of our unique New Zealand identity,” said Simon Allison, New Zealand Post Head of Stamps and Coins, “100 years on, Anzac Day is more relevant than ever, and a fitting time to  commemorate this conflict and those who served.”

The commemorative stamp and coin set contains 10 stamps that portray the significant events of 1915, including the landing at Anzac Cove and the iconic Horace Moore-Jones painting, The Sapper and his Donkey.

Against the Anzac backdrop, a medical theme weaves  through the stamp issue. The second commemorative book in the series looks at New Plymouth nursing matron, Evelyn Brooke. Evelyn, known mostly as Eva and sometimes ‘Brookie’, was the only New Zealand nurse to be awarded the Royal Red Cross and Bar (the equivalent of being awarded the Royal Red Cross again) for her services during the First World War.

The stamps and coins were designed by Strategy Design and Advertising, Wellington. The stamp issue includes a sheetlet of 10 gummed stamps, a set of two miniature sheets, a stamp first day cover, a set of two miniature sheet first day covers and a special commemorative booklet containing 12 unique miniature sheets not available elsewhere. The coin issue includes a 1oz silver proof coin, a ¼oz gold proof coin and the second coin in the five-year silver proof coin set. Due to popular demand, the five-year silver proof coin set is now sold out.

Also included in the coin products is a special product titled Centenary of the Gallipoli Landing - 2015 Four Silver Proof Coin Set. This striking coin set includes coins from four of the countries touched by the Gallipoli campaign, with a coin from New Zealand Post, Royal Australian Mint, Royal Mint and Turkish State Mint.

The issue is available for purchase from 23 March 2015 at all New Zealand PostShops and REAL Aotearoa stores. Pre-orders are being taken now through the Whanganui Collectables and Solutions Centre or online at nzpost.co.nz/ww1

For more information:

Libby Greatbatch
Copywriting and Direct Marketing Specialist
Stamps and Coins
New Zealand Post

Tel: +64 4 496 4916

Email: libby.greatbatch@nzpost.co.nz