Wednesday, 5 December 2012

2012 Beijing International Stamp and Coin Expo

         This expo was held at the Exhibition Hall of the China World Trade Centre in Beijing. It attracted collectors and international exhibitors to showcase their numismatic and philatelic products on a global scale. It was also a chance for China to open up its stamps and coins to the world. This expo was first held in 1995.
         To mark this event, on Nov 2, New Zealand Post issued a exhibition miniature sheet and souvenir cover to celebrate the expo. The souvenir miniature sheet incorporates three stamps from the 2012 Year of the Dragon stamp issue set against an image of the Dunedin Railway Station, which also features on one of the stamps. Dunedin was one of the earliest settlements for Chinese immigrants in New Zealand.

          I have personally never been a great fan of miniature sheets. Since they are not usually found attached to letters other than first day covers. The design on this sheet is colourful and shows three of the values from the 2012 Year of the Dragon issue with the fourth left off. 

Technical information

Date of issue:
2 November 2012
Miniature sheet and exhibition souvenir cover designed by:
Stamps Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington
Printer and process:
Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours:
Four process colours
Paper type:
Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Period of sale:
These stamps remained on sale until 1 November 2013.

Some of the images in this post were used with permission from the illustrated catalogue of StampsNZ
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