Pacific ‘97

New Zealand Post released two special miniature sheets to commemorate the Pacific ’97 World Philatelic Exhibition.

Issue information

The Pacific ’97 exhibition took place in San Francisco from 29 May 1997 to 8 June 1997 and marked the 150th anniversary of the first US postage stamps.

New Zealand Post released two miniature sheets to commemorate the exhibition. The first featured three of the New Zealand Vineyards stamps with a special souvenir cover depicting San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The second miniature sheet was produced as a triangle and featured four of the triangular Centenary of Pigeon-gram stamps released on 7 May 1997.

Product Listing for Pacific '97

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Image Title Description Price
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled New Zealand Vineyards miniature sheet. $2.90
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled Centenary of Pigeon-gram miniature sheet. $2.40
Souvenir Cover First day cover with New Zealand Vineyards miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $3.40

Technical information

Date of issue:  29 May 1997
Cost of miniature sheets:  New Zealand Vineyards: $2.90; Centenary of Pigeon-gram: $2.40
Cost of souvenir cover with New Zealand Vineyards miniature sheet: $3.40
Miniature sheets designed by:  New Zealand Vineyards: illustrated by Nancy Tichborne of Akaroa and designed by Dianne Prosser of Wellington; Centenary of Pigeon-gram: Stephen Fuller of Wellington
Souvenir cover designed by:  Communication Arts Ltd, Wellington
Printer and process:  Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by lithography
Period of sale:  These stamps remained on sale until 5 August 1997.