The Christmas 2016 stamp issue depicts the traditional nativity story, with a twist! As well as the gummed and self-adhesive stamps, the issue also includes a festive advent calendar - read on to find out more.
The beautifully illustrated stamps in this issue feature key characters from the nativity story: Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, a shepherd and a wise man. Available as five gummed stamps as well as three self-adhesive stamps, they’re perfect for the most popular sending time of the year. The gummed stamps come together on the miniature sheet to form a complete Christmas scene.
An advent calendar with a difference
The nativity scene is expanded further on a very festive collectable - an advent calendar. Complete with a stable and animals, the advent calendar is a unique gift for children, grandchildren and the young at heart. Use it to countdown to Christmas day and behind each of the pockets you’ll find a charming New Zealand Christmas illustration. Best of all, behind five of the pockets, you’ll find the five Christmas gummed stamps! Keep them as a beautiful collectable or use them on your Christmas mail.
First day covers
These charming stamps are also available on three first day covers - one featuring the five gummed stamps, one featuring the three self-adhesive stamps and one with the miniature sheet affixed. Each first day cover makes a beautiful addition to your Christmas stamp collection.
The self-adhesive stamps also available in convenient booklets of ten. The $2.20 and $2.70 international booklets feature a ‘Buy 9 get 10’ offer, meaning you can save on your Christmas postage.
|Date of issue:||2 November 2016|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed and three self-adhesive|
Gummed: $1.00, $1.80, $2.20, $2.70 & $3.30
Self-adhesive: $1.00, $2.20 & $2.70
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Donna McKenna, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Gummed: Four process colours, Self Adhesive: Four process colours plus red phosphor|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 35mm x 34.55mm, Self Adhesive: 25mm x 30mm|
Gummed Stamps: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Self Adhesive stamps: Tullis Russell Red Phosphor PSA stamp paper
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||14.286 x 14.47|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 1 November 2017. First Day Covers will remain on sale until 1 January 2017|