Atlanta Olympics 1996

Achieving victory at the Olympics represents the ultimate in sporting achievement. The Olympics are a celebration of sporting talent, strength and ability.

Issue information

In July 1996, the centennial Olympic games were held in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. Five sports in which New Zealand was represented were featured on the stamp issue. Each of the five stamps, designed by Stephen Fuller, had a border in the colour of one of the five rings which make up the universally known Olympic logo.

The round Atlanta Olympics 1996 stamps were the first stamps to be produced by Southern Colour Print on New Zealand Post's round perforating comb previously operated by Leigh Mardon Pty Ltd of Australia. The round comb was originally designed for the popular Round $1 Kiwi stamps.

Miniature Sheet

A miniture sheet was produced for the Atlanta Olympics 1996 issue which incorporated all five stamps.

Limited Edition

A sheetlet was produced for inclusion in the Atlanta Olympics 1996 limited edition collectors pack. It incorporated both a perforated and imperforate set of stamps. Each sheet was individually numbered from one through to 2,000.

Product Listing for Atlanta Olympics 1996

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Swimming' gummed stamp.

Danyon Loader won both New Zealand 's two gold swimming medals at the Atlanta Olympics. A strong team of 14 swimmers made up the 1996 Olympic team.

Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Cycling' gummed stamp.

In all, 19 New Zealand cyclists made the trip to Atlanta, competing on the track, on the road and in mountain biking.

Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Athletics' gummed stamp.

Some of New Zealand's most memorable Olympic moments have come via the exploits of athletes such as Peter Snell, Murray Halberg and John Walker. In 1996 Lorraine Moller (who won bronze in the marathon at Barcelona in 1992) and 16 other track and field athletes wore the distinctive black singlet at Atlanta. New Zealand was represented in the discus, javelin, long jump, and a range of track events from the 100 metres to the marathon.

Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Rowing' gummed stamp.

Rowing has developed into one of New Zealand's most successful Olympic sports.

Single Stamp

Single $1.80 'Yachting' gummed stamp.

Eleven competitors represented New Zealand in yachting at the Atlanta Games. Barbara Kendall who had won gold in the board sailing four years before was awarded a silver medal in 1996.

First Day Cover First day cover with five gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $5.75
Set of Maximum Cards Set of five pre-paid postcards featuring a stamp on the front and artwork from the stamp issue. $7.50
Limited Edition Limited edition collectable containing exclusive stamp products not available anywhere else. $135.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 10 July 1996
Designers: Stephen Fuller, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography
Stamp size: 33mm diameter
Sheet size: 36 stamps per sheet; Miniature sheet sizes: 120mm x 80mm;
Limited edition sheet: 140mm x 185mm
Perforation gauge: 14.5
Paper type: Harrison and Sons, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 10 July 1997.