Saturday, 9 March 2019

2002 - Scenic Coastlines

"Serene, majestic, wild and thunderous glimpses of treasures that are uniquely New Zealand." I love how NZ Post opens their page on this issue. As islands, New Zealand has a very long coastline compared to the size of the country. It is a coastline shaped by nature, by the rising of land out of the ocean, by the action of molten lava meeting the sea, by the endless pounding of waves against the land. The result, spectacular, beautiful scenery that photographs well on these stamps.

Six beautifully crafted images made up this 2002 Scenic Coastlines stamp issue. You might have caught a look at the Hector's Dolphin in the Catlins, south of Dunedin which featured on our 90c stamp. Other regions included on the stamps were Raglan, the rugged West Coast, Kaikoura, Taranaki and East Cape. Three of these images are repeated on the three self-adhesive stamps.

The Stamps.

40c - Tongaporutu Cliffs, Taranaki.
The White Cliffs near Tongaporutu loom up to 245 metres above this stretch of north Taranaki coast, famous for its excellent surfing conditions.

80c - Lottin Point, East Cape.
Boasting waters 20 metres deep right next to its rocky coastline, Lottin Point is a popular and scenic spot for rock-based game fishing and diving.

90c - Curio Bay, Catlins.
The fossilised remains of a 160 million-year-old forest lie buried in the coastal bedrock at Curio Bay, on the South Island's spectacular south-east coast.

$1.30 - Kaikoura Coast, Canterbury.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the often snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges, this rugged coastline is home to an abundance of fur seals, whales and dolphins.

$1.50 - Meybille Bay, West Coast.
Towering limestone bluffs, powerful seas and lush vegetation combine to create majestic splendour and breathtaking scenery on the South Island's West Coast.

$2.00 - Papanui Point, Raglan.
Raglan, on the North Island's Waikato coast, is famous for its black sand beaches, stunning coastal views and relaxed surfing, swimming, windsurfing and boating lifestyle.

Colour shift.

2002 40c Tongaporutu Cliffs black colour shift.

Self-adhesive Stamps.
Three 2002 Scenic Coastlines stamps were available in self-adhesive format - in booklets of 10 for the 40c Tongaporutu Cliffs and 90c Curio Bay stamps, or booklets of five for the $1.50 Meybille Bay stamp. Dispenser boxes which contained 100 of the 40c Tongaporutu Cliffs self-adhesive stamp were also available. (See further down this page.)

40c - Tongaporutu Cliffs, Taranaki (Self Adhesive).
90c - Curio Bay, Catlins (Self Adhesive).
$1.50 - Meybille Bay, West Coast (Self Adhesive).

Other Collector Items.
 First Day Cover - 3 July 2002.

Self Adhesive First Day Cover - 3 July 2002.

Presentation pack containing a selection of stamp products from the issue and further information on the theme of the stamps.

Self-adhesive Dispenser Booklets and Box. 

Booklet containing 10 x 40c self-adhesive stamps.         Booklet containing 10 x 90c self-adhesive stamps.

Booklet containing 5 x $1.50 self-adhesive stamps.

Dispenser box containing 100 x 40c self-adhesive stamps.

Technical information.
Date of issue: 3 July 2002.
The number of stamps: Six.
Denominations and designs40c Tongaporutu Cliffs, Tranaki (gummed and self-adhesive), 80c Lottin Point, East Cape, 90c Curio Bay, Catlins (gummed and self-adhesive), $1.30 Kaikoura Coast, $1.50 Meybille Bay, West Coast (gummed and self-adhesive), $2.00 Papnui Point, Raglan.
Stamps and first day covers designed: The Bureau Interactive Limited, Dunedin.
Dispenser and self-adhesive booklets designed: Cato Partners, Wellington.
Printer and process: Gummed: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography; Self-adhesive booklets: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin; Stamp dispenser: Sprintpak/Pemera, Melbourne, Australia by offset lithography.
The number of colours: Gummed: Four process colours; Self-adhesive: Five.
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 30mm x 40mm (horizontal); Self-adhesive: 30mm x 25mm.
The number of stamps per sheet: Gummed: 50; Booklets of 10 (40c and 90c); Booklets of five ($1.50); Dispensers of 100.
Paper type: Gummed:103gsm De la Rue red phosphor stamp paper;  
Self-adhesive booklets: JAC non detection self-adhesive B100; Dispenser: JAC Australian non phosphor self-adhesive stamp paper.
Perforation: 14 x 14 and diecut.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 2 July 2003.

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