Vatican City and New Zealand Joint Stamp Issue

In the true spirit of celebration and unity, New Zealand Post offered you a special joint issue, from the Vatican City in Rome.

Issue information

Cornerstone of the Catholic faith, home to many of the world's rarest artistic treasures and a popular tourist spot visited by thousands every day.

We offered two commemorative stamps, one joint first day cover and two sheetlets of 10 stamps each. The $1.50 stamp featured the beautiful painting of 'Nativity' from the hand of 15th century Italian artist, Pseudo Ambrogio di Baldese.

Product Listing for Vatican City and New Zealand Joint Stamp Issue

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single $1.50 'Nativity' New Zealand gummed stamp. $1.50
Single Stamp Single $1.50 'Nativity' Vatican City gummed stamp. $1.50
First Day Cover First day cover with New Zealand and Vatican City stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $3.50

Technical information

Date of issue: 21 November 2002
Number of stamps: One
Denominations and designs: $1.50 Nativity
Stamp, sheetlet and first day cover designed by: CommArts Design, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography
Number of colours: Five process colours (four process and one spot colour 187C)
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 48mm (horizontal)
Paper type: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper
Perforation gauge: 14
Number of stamps per sheetlet: 10
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 20 November 2003.