New Zealand Collection: 150 Years

In 2005, New Zealand Post celebrated 150 years of stamps in a style that truly befitted this extraordinary milestone – with this superb New Zealand Collection: 150 Years.

Issue information

In 150 years, in a world where change is a constant companion, few items recorded a nation’s story as effectively as stamps. Our country, New Zealand, had celebrated, commemorated and reflected on thousands of topics through its stamps. Sport, nature, personalities, events, causes, hopes, special days… each story was brought to life in colourful and striking designs that expressed the mood of the times.

In 2005, New Zealand Post celebrated 150 years of stamps in a style that truly befitted this extraordinary milestone – with this superb New Zealand Collection: 150 Years. The 15 stamps featured in this special edition provided a tantalising glimpse into the imagination and creativity of the designers, and the scope, scale and diversity of the subjects that they had covered. There were some of the greatest moments in our country’s philatelic history – either because of the significance of the issues themselves in shaping our philatelic progress, or because the subject matters represented fundamental aspects of our way of life.

This magnificent 80-page publication was the ultimate ‘collector’s edition’. The collection was housed in its own black cloth-bound protective clam slip case. The front cover had silver and red embossing and all were individually numbered.

Limited Copies

Limited to only 4,000 copies worldwide, this was a comprehensive commentary on the life and times of our nation, New Zealand, as depicted through our stamps.

The story was told through three issues of five stamps each, spanning the years 1855-1905, 1905-1955 and 1955-2005. Together, they captured some of our greatest philatelic moments, and provided a tantalising glimpse of the scope, scale and diversity of the subjects we had covered.

The collection included a complete set of the 15 stamps presented as 10-stamp sheets, and one sheet of all 15 stamp designs, all individually numbered.

Gold-printed First Day Cover

Each 50-year section in the book started with a gold-printed first day cover. Like all the sheets, all three first day covers were individually numbered and were exclusive only to this collection.

Special Sheet

A special sheet of the 1855 one-penny stamp incorporated a reproduction of the original 1855 one-penny stamp, meticulously reproduced using the original intaglio printing process.

This fascinating memento was a ‘must have’ for collectors around the world – a rare opportunity to acquire an enthralling record of our nation’s philatelic history.

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Book Limted edition numbered 80-page publication containing all 15 stamps from the 150 Years New Zealand Stamps series, a complete set of the 15 stamps presented as 10-stamp sheets (15 sheets in total), a stamp sheet with all 15 stamps, three gold-printed first day covers and a unique special sheet of the 1855 one-penny stamp. Also included within this beautifully displayed publication were stories behind each of the stamp issues from 1855 – 2005. $89.00

Technical information

Issue date: 1 December 2005
Stamp issues featured:

Each stamp featured in each of the three 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps issues were from the following stamp issues:

1855 - 1905

  • 1855 Full Face Queen
  • 1873 Newspaper
  • 1891 Government Life
  • 1898 Pictorial
  • 1901 Universal Postage

1905 - 1955

  • 1906 The New Zealand Exhibition, Christchurch
  • 1931 Children’s Health
  • 1935 Airmail
  • 1946 Peace
  • 1955 Queen Elizabeth II

1955 - 2005

  • 1965 50th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing
  • 1988 Round Kiwi
  • 1990 The Achievers
  • 1994 Maori Myths
  • 2003 100 Years of New Zealand Test Rugby