New Zealand Post is proud to present a suite of collectable products created in honour of what will arguably be the biggest year in New Zealand rugby history. With an unrivalled winning percentage since the first test against Australia in 1903, the All Blacks will carry the hopes and expectations of more than four million New Zealanders onto the field.
Despite decades of change in how the game of rugby is played, the current All Blacks have one key thing in common with the generations of All Blacks before them: they all wear the silver fern.
This distinctive emblem was adopted by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union in 1893. Originally a graphic representation of the native ponga fern (Cyathea dealbata), it has been modified through the years to become the trademarked symbol we see today. Representing both a nation and a state of mind, it's always placed on the left breast of the perennially black jersey, reflecting its place at the heart and tradition of rugby.
Date of Issue: 4 August 2010.
Number of stamps: Two gummed stamps and two Personalised Stamps.
Denominations: 60c, $1.90.
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Cue Design, Wellington, New Zealand.
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography.
Number of colours: Four process colours.
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm and 35mm x 20mm (horizontal).
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper.
Number of stamps per sheet: 10
Perforation gauge: 14.
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at four stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A format.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until further notice.
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