World Stamp Expo 2000

World Stamp Expo 2000 ran from 7 to 16 July and offered visitors major attraction in over 37,000sq feet of exhibition space.

Issue information

A few of the attractions are NASA exhibits, Stampin' The Future Design a Stamp competition winners, and displays of some of the world's rarest and most valuable stamps.

Supported by the American Philatelic Society and the American Stamp Dealers Association, World Stamp Expo 2000 was held at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California from 7 to 16 July 2000.

During the show, five new US stamps were issued including two notable firsts. On the opening day of the exhibition - 7 July - an Achievements in Exploration stamp was launched. This was America's first circular hologram stamp. Three more issues with the space theme were released on each consecutive day of the exhibition. On the final day - 14 July - the country's first pentagonal stamp was issued entitled Exploring the Solar System.

To commemorate this event New Zealand Post issued a special miniature sheet featuring five round kiwi stamps in each of the colours issued as at the date of the exhibition. The background design merges our flora, ferns and the theme of the exhibition - the night sky above.

Product Listing for World Stamp Expo 2000

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Image Title Description Price
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $5.10
Souvenir Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed.Cancelled on the first day of issue. $5.60

Technical information

Date of issue: 7 July 2000
Stamps designed by: Allan Mitchell, Wellington
Miniature sheet designed by: Donna McKenna, Wellington
Souvenir cover designed by: New Zealand Post Stamps Business.
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours plus metallic gold with overgloss
Paper type: 103 gsm red phosphor coated
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 6 July 2001.