1998 Ross Dependency - Ice Formations

Antarctica is roughly twice the size of Australia – some 14 million square kilometres. Massive glaciers flow down from the icecap to merge into flat-topped ice shelves. One of these is the Ross Dependency.

Issue information

Relentless activity takes place all year round on this huge shelf, as nature creates daunting shapes and fascinating colours. This issue featured some of the formations that have been captured on film.

Sea ices formed during the winter and early spring are eroded into works of art during the brief Antarctic summer. Glacial tongues, such as the one in Robertson Bay, North Victoria Land, float out into the water, sometimes for many kilometres. Flat-topped tabular icebergs, carved from huge ice shelves or glaciers, roam the Southern Ocean. At Cape Evans, the site of Captain Scott's base, the glow of the autumn sun lights up the edges of the ice floes.

Ross Dependency stamps were first issued in 1957. Thirty years later, they were discontinued when the New Zealand Post Office on the ice was closed. Reintroduced in 1994, since then an annual set of commemorative stamps has been issued by New Zealand Post for the Ross Dependency.

Se tenant Block of Six Stamps

The six stamps in this issue were also released in a se-tenant block of six format.

Product Listing for 1998 Ross Dependency - Ice Formations

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c 'Sculptured Sea Ice' gummed stamp.

Sea ice formed during winter and early spring are eroded into works of art during the brief Antarctic summer.

$0.40
Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Glacial Tongue' gummed stamp.

Glacial tongues, such as the one in Robertson Bay, North Victoria Land, float out into the water, sometimes for many kilometres.

$0.80
Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Stranded Tabular Iceberg' gummed stamp.

Flat-topped tabular icebergs, carved from huge ice shelves or glaciers, roam the Southern Ocean.

$1.00
Single Stamp

Single $1.20 'Autumn at Cape Evans' gummed stamp.

At Cape Evans, the site of Captain Scott’s base, the glow of the autumn sun lights up the edges of the ice flows.

$1.20
Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Sea Ice in Summer Thaw' gummed stamp.

The formation of sea ice around Antarctica during the depths of winter is one of nature’s most dramatic large-scale phenomena. The continent almost doubles in size.

$1.50
Single Stamp

Single $1.80 'Sunset on Tabular Icebergs' gummed stamp.

Antarctica is famous for its gigantic tabular icebergs, some of which are up to 200 kilometres long.

$1.80
Se-tenant Set Mint, used or cancelled se-tenant set of stamps. $6.70
First Day Cover First day cover with se-tenant set affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.20
Presentation Pack Presentation pack containing a selection of stamp products from the issue and further information on the theme of the stamps. $8.50

Technical information

Date of issue:  11 November 1998
Number of stamps: Six
Denominations: 40c, 80c, $1.00, $1.20, $1.50, $1.80
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Stephen Fuller, Advertising Picture Company, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand, by lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 40mm x 30mm (horizontal)
Number of stamps per sheet: 50
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: 103 gsm red phosphor coated
Special blocks: Plate/imprint or positional blocks were obtained by purchasing at least six sheet stamps. Colour blocks (traffic lights) were included in plate blocks for sheet stamps. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats for individual stamp denominations. Special blocks were not available for the se-tenant block.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 11 November 1999.