4 December 2019
Christianity is a key element of life for Niueans, and locals celebrate Christmas just as those in many other countries do – by spending time with loved ones, sharing food and gifts, and reflecting on the traditional Christmas story.
In the Christmas 2019 stamp issue for Niue, the nativity scene has been created out of paper and coloured pencils, showing various characters from the Nativity including Mary, baby Jesus, a wise man, a shepherd, the Christmas star and a donkey.
This charming stamp issue comprises four gummed stamps: 30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00. The figures have been made from everyday materials that families and children may use at school or at home, in a fun and creative telling of the Christmas story. Each stamp reads ‘Monuina e Kilisimasi’ – Merry Christmas in Niuean.
An angel appeared to Mary and told her she would be the mother of Jesus.
Far to the east, a group of wise men saw a new star in the sky and followed the star to Bethlehem.
The shepherds recounted that an angel had told them of the birth of Christ the Lord.
The wise men and shepherds were led to the manger where they brought gifts and blessings to baby Jesus.
Date of issue: 4 December 2019
Number of stamps: Four gummed
Denominations: 30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Hannah Fortune, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Special blocks: Plate and value blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 3 December 2020.
These stamps and other philatelic products can be ordered from New Zealand Post.