Christmas 2001

The colourful Christmas 2001 issue celebrates the enduring magic of carols with six creative interpretations.

Issue information

What would the festive season be without its songs? In New Zealand, good humoured crowds in their thousands gather to sing along to the familiar lyrics, accessible tunes and subject matter that ranges from the mystic to the light and sentimental. The songs lift people out of themselves, providing a glimpse of a happier and more tolerant world. It's not necessary to be religious, nor even particularly musical to enjoy these occasions.

Celebrating a Tradition of Christmas Song

Carols and the communal singing of them has endured over the centuries, in every country where Christianity has spread. They have become a distinctive genre of music, and a living tradition which is still being added to today with new lyrics, new settings and musical idioms reflecting the 21st Century. In all the countries where they are enjoyed, and in all the languages in which they are sung, carols share the same subject matter - the story and the significance of the birth of Jesus. Two millennia on, the impact of this event and the message associated with it, still has the power to move us.

Product Listing for Christmas 2001

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c 'When Christ was born of Mary free' gummed stamp.

In excelsis gloria' the text on the 40 cent stamp, comes in this case from the carol When Christ was born of Mary free, set by John Gardner in 1963 to a 15th Century text.
 

$0.40
Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Away in a manger' gummed stamp.

The subject of this carol is such a popular text that it has received at least 41 musical settings since the first, and most familiar, in 1887.
 

$0.80
Single Stamp

Single 90c 'Joy to the World' gummed stamp.

This joyous carol was written by Isaac Watts. A prolific writer, Watts at one stage prepared a new hymn for his local parish 222 Sundays in a row!
 

$0.90
Single Stamp

Single $1.30 'Angels we have heard on high' gummed stamp.

An old French carol, probably from Lorraine or Provence.
 

$1.30
Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'O holy night' gummed stamp.

Adolphe Charles Adam, composer of the classic ballet Giselle also wrote the setting of 0 Holy Night.
 

$1.50
Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'While shepherds watched' gummed stamp.

The only legally authorised Christmas hymn in the Anglican church for nearly a century from its introduction in 1696.
 

$2.00
Single Stamp Single 40c 'When Christ was born of Mary free' self-adhesive stamp. $0.40
First Day Cover First day cover with six gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.80
Self-adhesive Dispenser Dispenser box containing 100 x 40c self-adhesive stamps. $40.00
Presentation Pack Presentation pack containing a selection of stamp products from the issue and further information on the theme of the stamps. $11.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 5 September 2001
Number of stamps: Seven
Denominations: 40c, 80c, 90c, $1.30, $1.50, $2.00
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Comm Arts Design, Wellington, New Zealand
Illustrator: Ross Jones, Watermark, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography
Stamp size and format: Gummed stamps: 30mm x 35mm (vertical); Self-adhesive stamps: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Paper type: Gummed stamps: De La Rue 103gsm red phosphor coated;  Self-adhesive stamp: JAC Non Detection PS 1 B90
Number of stamps per sheet: 50 stamps per sheet; 100 stamps per coil
Perforation gauge: 13.85 x 13.75 and Die cut
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 4 September 2002.

 

Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format