Italia '98

New Zealand Post issued two miniature sheets and a souvenir cover to commemorate Italia '98, a World Philatelic Exhibition held in Milan from 23 October to 1 November 1998.

Issue information

The theme of Italia '98 was the role that philately plays in creating a permanent, historical record of world events and developments.

One miniature sheet featured the Milford Sound and Lake Wakatipu stamps from the popular 1898 Pictorials Centenary stamp issue. The other miniature sheet honours the work of Peter McIntyre (1910-1995) who, as New Zealand soldiers fighting in a number of theatres of war, including Italy. This miniature sheet featured on the souvenir cover with two of McIntyre's paintings, The Anglican Church, Kākahi, 1972 and Wounded at Cassino, 1944.

Product Listing for Italia '98

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Image Title Description Price
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled '1898 Pictorials Centenary' miniature sheet. $2.30
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled 'New Zealand Art - Peter McIntyre' miniature sheet. $3.30
Souvenir Cover First day cover with New Zealand Art - Peter McIntyre miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $3.80

Technical information

Date of issue: 23 October 1998
Cost of miniature sheets: New Zealand Art - Peter McIntyre: $3.30; 1898 Pictorials Centenary: $2.30
Miniature sheets designed by: Ross Jones, Watermark, Wellington
Cost of souvenir cover with New Zealand Art - Peter McIntyre miniature sheet: $3.80
Souvenir cover designed by: Stamps Business Unit, New Zealand Post, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, by lithography
Number of colours: Four process and one PMS colour
Paper type: 104gsm gummed red phosphor coated stamp paper
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 12 January 1999.