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19 March 2020

NZ2020 International Stamp Exhibition

New Zealand: NZ2020 International Stamp Exhibition, 19 March 2020. Images from New Zealand Post.

According to Virtual New Zealand Stamps,

Held under the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately, the NZ2020 International Stamp Exhibition was to have taken place from 19-22 March 2020 at the Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland.

NZ2020 was to have been the first international exhibition held in New Zealand since the successful NZ 1990 World Stamp Exhibition. It would have been a fantastic weekend of philatelic displays, access to unique collectables and the opportunity to meet collectors and philatelic distributors from all around the world. But it wasn’t to be.

Update – Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the New Zealand Government was forced to place restrictions on travel to New Zealand which on 14 March led to The Organising Committee downgrading this exhibition from an International Exhibition to a National Exhibition. Further travel restrictions led to the exhibition being cancelled.”

For an interesting look at “unofficial” stamps issued in conjunction with this exhibition, please see two-part article series on Virtual New Zealand Stamps.

Technical information
Date of issue: 19 March 2020
Number of stamps: Three
Denominations: 2 x $1.30 and 1 x 2.60
Miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Alan Hollows, Stamps and Coins, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Miniature sheet size and format: Maritime; 120mm x 90mm (Horizontal), Lunar; 130mm x 90mm (Horizontal), Kupe; 120mm x 80mm (Horizontal), Lighthouse; 130mm x 80mm (Horizontal)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Perforation gauge: Maritime; 14.56 x 14.06, Lunar; 13.33 x 13.4, Kupe; 14.78 x 14.86, Lighthouse; 14.8 x 14.67
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 18 March 2021. First day covers will remain on sale until 14 May 2020.

From the New Zealand Post website:

UPDATE: Due to recently imposed travel restrictions, this exhibition ran as a national event only. New Zealand Post was not in attendance, but all advertised exhobition products were available at the show.

Held under the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately, the NZ2020 International Stamp Exhibition takes place from 19-22 March 2020 at the Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland.

NZ2020 will be the first international exhibition held in New Zealand since the successful NZ 1990 World Stamp Exhibition. Join us for a fantastic weekend of philatelic displays, access to unique collectables and the opportunity to meet collectors and philatelic distributors from all around the world.

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