This issue celebrated six significant New Zealand buildings. Not all of them are old: the Sky Tower was completed in 1997. But one way or another, all the buildings featured have had an enduring impact in their communities and contributed to the growing recognition of our valuable architectural heritage.
Each stamp in the Architectural Heritage issue was available in sheets of 50. Se-tenant blocks showing all six stamps (see above), were also available and there was a souvenir miniature sheet stamp booklet. The booklet contained seven miniature sheets, six incorporating one of the stamps from this issue and one incorporating all six stamps.
The Six Stamps.
40c - Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland.
2002 was the 150th anniversary of New Zealand's first museum, opened in Auckland in 1852. The current building was opened in 1929.
80c - Stone Store, Kerikeri.
New Zealand's oldest stone building, constructed in the 1830s. It has served its Bay of Islands community as a shop since 1848.
90c - The Arts Centre, Christchurch.
Completed in 1877 and originally the home of Canterbury University College. It's now a hub for arts, crafts and performance.
$1.30 - Government Buildings, Wellington.
The Government Buildings, famously the biggest wooden structure in the Southern Hemisphere (and the world's largest timber office building), has been a symbol of Wellington's focus as a public service city for 125 years.
Famous among rail enthusiasts as one of the finest stations from the age of steam. Built in Flemish Renaissance style it opened in 1906.
See our thematic collect - Dunedin Railway Station.
$2.00 - Sky Tower, Auckland.
Taller than the Eiffel Tower - and the Southern Hemisphere's tallest tower. Lasers and GPS satellites were used to guide the construction.
First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.
Auckland Sky Tower - Queen Elizabeth II.
Date of issue: 3 April 2002.
The number of stamps: Six.
Denominations and designs: 40c Auckland War Memorial Museum, 80c Stone Store, Kerikeri, 90c The Arts Centre, Christchurch, $1.30 Government Buildings, Wellington, $1.50 Railway Station, Dunedin, $2.00 Sky Tower, Auckland.
Se-tenant block: $6.90.
Stamps and first-day cover designed: Mission Hall Design Group Limited, Wellington.
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography.
The number of colours: Four process colours.
Stamp size and format: 25mm x 30mm (vertical), 25mm x 60mm (vertical), 30mm x 50mm (horizontal).
Paper type: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper.
Perforation gauge: 14.4 x 14.
The number of stamps per sheet: 50.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 2 April 2003.
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