Rose Definitives

Roses, which are very popular in New Zealand and grow particularly well, were chosen as the subject of a new Definitive stamp issue in 1975.

Issue information

The rose has long been the most popular flower and references to its beauty can be found far back in history.  In those fargone days it blossomed in the wild as a simple flower of five petals only; from those original species the creations of the present day have evolved - through natural cross fertilisation and selective breeding by hybridists.

1c
Sterling Silver

2c
Lilli Marlene

3c
Queen Elizabeth

4c_a
Super Star

5c
Diamond Jubilee

6c
Cresset

7c
Michele Meilland

8c
Josephine Bruce

9c
Iceberg

4c_b
Provisional overprint on 8c 'Josephine Bruce' stamp issued 24 September 1979

17c
Provisional overprint of 6c 'Cresset' stamp issued 9 October 1979

20c
Provisional overprint of 7c 'Michele Meilland' stamp issued 29 September 1980

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 14 in September 1975.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/

Technical information

Date of Issue: 26 November 1975
Designers: A G Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 25mm x 29mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: Various combinations
Paper Type: Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked