Tuesday, 3 July 2018

2018 Scenic Definitives

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       The Scenic Definitive Series began in 1995 and since then has produced some amazing stamps. The 2018 Scenic Definitives stamp issue highlights three more views of New Zealand's unique lakes, mountains, beaches and stunning natural structures. 
       With steadily declining mail volumes the cost of mail services has continued to rise. By mid-2018 there was a need for rates changes and new definitives. In this case, there was a set of two gummed stamps and a set of two adhesive stamps. The lower value of both sets carried the same design.

The header photograph from the NZ Post website showing all four stamps of this issue.

$2.40 - Mount Maunganui, Tauranga. (Gummed)                     $2.40 - Mount Maunganui, Tauranga. (Self-Adhesive)

Fondly dubbed 'The Mount'. This popular holiday destination is loved for its white sandy surf beach oceanside, sheltered bay harbourside, and a choice of walks up and around the peninsula's distinctive peak - Mauao - offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
Whenever we go to Tauranga I try to take a walk up 'The Mount.' The views from there are great and I've taken a number of good photos over the years. Another good walk is to circle the base of the mount and if you are lucky you'll see a large passenger liner entering or leaving the harbour. They pass by so close that you can see the people onboard waving back to you. 

$4.40 - Lake Te Anau, Fiordland. (Gummed)

The largest body of water in the South Island, second only to Lake Taupō, Lake Te Anau sits nestled amongst the stunning Mt Luxmore and Murchison mountains in Fiordland National Park.

$3.00 - Tongaporutu, Taranaki. (Self Adhesive)
The Tongaporutu area, north of New Plymouth, is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Known for the Three Sisters rock formations, it also boasts ancient caves decorated with historic Māori petroglyphs, sheer cliff faces and a vast black iron-sand surf beach.

 First Day Cover - 6 June 2018.

NZ Post captured another of New Zealand's stunning natural highlights with this first-day cover, featuring the beautiful Giants Gate Falls on the Milford Track in Fiordland. The cover features all four stamps, two gummed stamps and two self-adhesive stamps.

Plate Blocks.                                                                                                            Value Blocks. 

Full sheets. These sheets will be reprinted as required as long as these stamps remain on sale.

Set of Self-adhesive Booklets.
Includes one booklet of five $2.40 'Mt Maunganui, Tauranga' self-adhesive stamps and one booklet of five $3.00 'Tongporutu, Taranaki' self-adhesive stamps. 

Technical information.

Date of issue: 6 June 2018.
The number of stamps: Four.
Denominations Gummed: $2.40, $4.40.
Denominations Self-adhesive: $2.40, $3.00.
Stamps and first-day cover designed: New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand. 
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography.
The number of colours: Four process colours.
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 25mm (horizontal).
Paper type Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper. 
Paper type Self-adhesive: Tullis Russell 220gms PSA red phosphor stamp paper.
The number of stamps per sheet: 50.
Perforation gauge: 13.33 x 13.6.
Period of sale: These stamps will remain on sale until further notice. The first-day cover will remain on sale until 5 August 2018.

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

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