Tuesday, 22 May 2018

1990 - 1994 Stamp Exhibitions.

During the 1980s NZ Post began issuing special collectors miniature sheets to be sold at the stamp exhibitions they attended. Usually, these miniature sheets featured stamps that were currently on sale at that time, in some cases, they were overprints of existing miniature sheets but since they were actually separate issues we have decided to feature them together in this series of posts. 

This post will show all the special issues for stamp exhibitions that NZ Post attended during the period 1990 - 1994. It is most likely that we will not feature all of these issues on their own pages so they have been collected here.


1990 Stamp World London.
New Zealand Post attended the 1990 Stamp World Exhibition in London in May 1990. A miniature sheet was produced to commemorate the occasion incorporating the 50c 'Endeavour' stamp from the '1990 Heritage - the Ships' stamp issue, against a background design reproducing Captain Cook's early chart of New Zealand.
$1.30 - London '90 Exhibition Miniature Sheet with one 50 cent stamp.

Captain Cook's early chart of New Zealand featuring the 50c 'Endeavour' stamp from the 'Heritage - the Ships' stamp issue was produced to commemorate the 1990 Stamp World Exhibition in London in May 1990.



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1990 New Zealand World Stamp Exhibition.
We were surprised how much we found concerning this exhibition and it became a problem deciding what to include on this page. In the end, it came down to selecting those items especially issued for this exhibition. I am considering coming back to this and doing an entire post on this one stamp exhibition.
An exhibition lottery ticket sold during the 1990 World Stamp Exhibition for fundraising. The ticket price was $10 but notice attached to the ticket was a $10 Kiwi marked "Specimen."
While this sheet was created and issued in 1986 it was intended to raise funding for the !990 World Philatelic Exhibition. Some copies were overprinted in 1986 for sale at the Stockholmia '86 World Philatelic Exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden.
1986 Scenic Stamps - Coastal Scenes - 80c - Wainui Bay, Northland.  

A special miniature sheet was issued in April 1990 in support of the New Zealand 1990 World Stamp Exhibition held in Auckland. The sheet features five native orchids. The miniature sheet was issued on the 18th of April 1990 with a $2.50 surcharge added to assist the staging of the 1990 World Stamp Exhibition.

An additional 12,000 imperforate sheets were printed which could only be obtained by purchasing a $25 season ticket to the exhibition. These sheets were officially issued on the 23rd of July although some packs were sold at the annual philatelic exhibition in Palmerston North on the 2nd of July.
A souvenir season ticket for the exhibition with a 40c orchid can be seen below.

Souvenir Season Ticket.

$2.30 Miniature Sheet with one $1.80 stamp (Surcharged to support exhibition) New Zealand 1990 World Philatelic Exhibition Auckland.
1990 Scenic / 150th Anniversaries - $1.80 150th Anniversary of Auckland.

This Frama Stamp, known as the Exhibition Frama which was issued on 24th August 1990.
This was a limited issue to mark the exhibition being held in Auckland. Its design was the Auckland Harbour Bridge.






1991 Philanippon.

Philanippon '91 Butterfly Miniature Sheet
New Zealand Post attended the World Stamp Exhibition 'Philanippon '91' held in Toyko in 1991. A special miniature sheet was produced to commemorate the event incorporating a $3 butterfly stamp from the 1991 definitives. The sheet was produced by Leigh-Mardon.
Issued 16 November 1991. 
1991 Butterfly Definitives.  $3.00 Yellow Admiral / Bassaris Itea.

Philanippon '91 Rugby Miniature Sheet.
New Zealand Post attended the World Stamp Exhibition 'Philanippon '91' held in Toyko in 1991. A special overprinted version of the Rugby miniature sheet was produced to commemorate the event. Issued 16 November 1991, the stamp was $1.80 All Blacks Haka from the 
1991 Rugby World Cup stamp issue. 


1992 Columbian Stamp Expo.


World Columbian Miniature Sheet
Issued 22 May 1992.
New Zealand attended the World Columbian Stamp Expo in Chicago in 1992 producing a miniature sheet incorporated two stamps from 1992 Navigators stamp issue with a background design illustrating Christopher Columbus.

The 1992 Olympic Games miniature was also overprinted for sale at this exhibition.


1993 Taipei Stamp Exhibition.
These two sheets were issued Issued 14 August 1993, one being an overprint of the current 1993 Health Issue and the other being a miniature sheet designed for this exhibition.
Chinese New Year.     Round Kiwis.
Taipei '93 Health Miniature Sheet.
To commemorate Taipei '93 the Asian International Invitation Stamp Exhibition, held in Taiwan 14 - 19 August 1993, New Zealand Post produced a special overprinted 1993 Children's Health miniature sheet.

Taipei '93 Round Kiwi Miniature Sheet.
This miniature sheet was produced to commemorate Taipei '93 Asian International Invitation Stamp Exhibition, held in Taiwan 14 - 19 August 1993. The sheet, designed by Leigh-Mardon Pty Ltd, Australia, incorporated three Round Kiwi stamps (1998 Green; 1991 Red and 1993 Blue) and the Taipei '93 logo. In addition, a rooster was included in the design to commemorate 1993 as the 'Year of the Rooster'. While the blue Round Kiwi was produced using the intaglio process, the other two stamps were produced using lithography.


1993 Bangkok Stamp Exhibition.

$1.50 - Dinosaur Exhibition Miniature Sheet with one $1.50 stamp. 
Between 1-10 October 1993 stamp collectors, postal administrations and exhibitors flocked to Thailand to attend Bangkok '93 World Philatelic Exhibition. New Zealand Post produced an overprinted 1993 Dinosaurs miniature sheet to commemorate the event.

$1.80 - Geyser Exhibition Miniature Sheet with one $1.80 stamp.
New Zealand Post produced a special miniature sheet Incorporating a 1993 Scenic $1.80 Thermal Wonder stamp. The subject, the Pohutu Geyser, was appropriately chosen to illustrate one of the best examples of thermal activity in New Zealand.
1993 Scenic - Thermal Wonders.

1994 Hong Kong Stamp Exhibition.
These two sheets were Issued 18 February 1994.
Chinese New Year.     Round Kiwis.
$3.00 - Round Kiwi Exhibition Miniature Sheet with three $1 stamps.
Hong Kong's history of postage stamps dates back to 1862 and the philatelic exhibition entitled Hong Kong '94 was staged to commemorate this long history.
A special miniature sheet, designed by Karen Odiam, was produced to commemorate the exhibition, incorporating three Round Kiwi stamps (1988 Green, 1991 Red and 1993 Blue). Also featured on the sheet were two golden retrievers (one pup and one fully grown) to commemorate the Chinese Year of the Dog. All three stamps were produced by lithography - this was the first time the Blue Round Kiwi has been produced by lithography.

$1.80 - Tourism Exhibition Miniature Sheet with one $1.80 stamp.
A miniature sheet was produced to commemorate the exhibition incorporating the $1.80 1994 'Heli-skiing' Tourism stamp.


1994 Philakorea World Stamp Exhibition.
The two sheets for this exhibition were Issued 16 August 1994.

 $2.70 - Wild Animals Exhibition Miniature Sheet.
A miniature sheet, incorporating six stamps from the 1994 Wild Animals stamp issue, was produced to celebrate the 1994 Philakorea World Stamp Exhibition held 16-25 August 1994 in Seoul, a city that was celebrating its 600th anniversary as Korea's capital.


 $2.60 - Native Birds Exhibition Miniature Sheet.
1985 - 93 Native Birds Definitives A sheetlet incorporating eight bird definitive stamps was produced to celebrate the 1994 Philakorea World Stamp Exhibition held 16-25 August 1994 in Seoul, a city that was celebrating its 600th anniversary as Korea's capital.




Some of the images in this post were used with permission from the illustrated catalogue of StampsNZ
You can visit their website and On-line Catalogue at, http://stampsnz.com/

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