$20 Definitive

It is one of the most complex stamp productions ever commissioned by New Zealand Post - its design is a masterpiece in montage and it captures some of New Zealand's most treasured heritage.

Issue information

In response to demand for a high value postage stamp for documents and parcels, New Zealand Post issued its first ever $20 Definitive Stamp. With such an elaborate design, hidden security features, and an extremely complex production and printing method, this magnificent new stamp is truly reflective of its high face value - both here and as an ambassador on overseas parcels.

The stamp design was engraved by Polish born Czeslaw Slania in Sweden.

$20.00
The designer has cleverly woven together several distinctive New Zealand icons to create a stamp with an unmistakably New Zealand heritage. Dominated by New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook, and two native plants - the ponga fern and the distinctive flower of the kowhai tree. An indigenous Maori rafter pattern forms a top border, while the New Zealand flag is also woven into the montage.

Technical information

Date of Issue: 18 February 1994
Designer: Heather Arnold, Auckland, NZ
Printer: Leigh-Mardon, Australia
Stamp Size: 57.5mm x 48mm
Sheet Size: 25 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio, Lithography and gold foiling
Perforation Gauge: 14.5 x 15
Paper Type: Coated Papers, red phosphor coated, with a line design watermark and fluorescent security marking