Christmas 1989

A bright shining star was the linking theme for the Christmas 1989 stamps. The 'Star of Bethlehem' was placed above New Zealand scenes in all four stamps.

Issue information

The scene through a bedroom window on the 35 cent stamp is of One Tree Hill, Auckland.  A shepherd and his sheep look out over a snow-covered mountain, river and valley on the 65 cent stamp, while a peaceful boat harbour scene is featured on the 80 cent stamp.  The $1 stamp shows New Zealand on the world globe with the star above in space.

Product listing for Christmas 1989

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 35c 'Child's Bedroom' gummed stamp. $0.35
Single Stamp Single 65c 'Shepherd' gummed stamp. $0.65
Single Stamp Single 80c 'Boat Harbour' gummed stamp. $0.80
Single Stamp Single $1.00 'Globe' gummed stamp. $1.00
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $3.05
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x 35c self-adhesive stamps. $3.50

Technical information

Date of issue: 13 September 1989
Designers: H Chapman, Auckland
Printers: Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Stamp size: 30mm x 35mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14.25
Paper type: Red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 13 September 1990.