China ‘99

The China ’99 exhibition was held at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing from 21 to 30 August.

Issue information

As the last large scale international philatelic show to be held in China in the 20th century, it was an opportunity to promote the development of postal services and philatelic business in China and around the world, and to fostor goodwill between the visiting nations.

To commemorate what promised to be a historic event in global philatelic history, New Zealand Post issued two miniature sheets for the China ’99 exhibition. The first miniature sheet featured Native Tree Flowers, while the second was a variation on the 1999 Year of the Rabbit – Popular Pets lunar miniature sheet which featured the exhibition logo.

Product Listing for China '99

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Image Title Description Price
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet with two Native Tree Flowers stamps. $1.20
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled 1999 Year of the Rabbit – Popular Pets miniature sheet. $1.40
Souvenir Cover First day cover with Native Tree Flowers miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $1.70

Technical information

Date of issue: 21 August 1999
Cost of miniature sheets: Native Tree Flowers $1.20; 1999 Year of the Rabbit – Popular Pets: $1.40
Miniature sheets designed by: 1999 Year of the Rabbit – Popular Pets: Lindy Fisher, Auckland; Native Tree Flowers: Stamps Business Unit, New Zealand Post
Cost of souvenir cover with Native Tree Flowers miniature sheet: $1.70
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by lithography
Number of colours: 1999 Year of the Rabbit – Popular Pets: Four process colours and one special colour; Native Tree Flowers: Four process colours
Paper type: 104gsm gummed red phosphor coated litho stamp paper
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 20 August 2000.