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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
THE 1982 MAP STAMP 1.4.1982
THE 1982 MAP STAMP: THE VALUE OF SEVEN DOTS
In April 1982 the cost of posting a standard letter within New Zealand
rose from 20 to 24 cents. This necessitated the issuing of a new stamp, and so
the 24 cent pale green and ultramarine map stamp was born. The stamp was
designed by Allan Mitchell, and printed in Melbourne by Leigh-Mardon, in sheets
of 100 stamps (10 stamps x 10).
The stamp was current for three years, from 1 April 1982 to 1 July 1985.
During that time it went through seven printings and the printings are
indicated in plate blocks by dots within a square outline. As Geoff Rickards
has pointed out, "in some cases a printing involved more than one
combination of colour plates ... thereby producing a total of 12 different
plate blocks". This stamp depicted a map of New Zealand with longitude and latitude marking the country's position in the South Pacific. Thank you Maria for this FDC.