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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Zealand 2015 Stamp Issue
New Zealand Native Seashells







:: NEW ZEALAND
 :: THEME: New Zealand Native Seashells
  :: DENOMINATIONS: 80c, 1.40, 2, 2.50, 3 $
   :: ISSUE DATE: 6 May 2015 
    :: DESIGN: New Zealand Post




As a nation surrounded by water, seashells are a common sight along our shorelines. Though for most New Zealanders their interactions with seashells are limited to those they find on the beach and the occasional shellfish meal, collecting seashells is a pastime enjoyed in the coastal regions of New Zealand, with three shell clubs based in Wellington, Auckland and Whangarei.


In this oceanic stamp issue, we take a look at a range of seashells species found only in New Zealand, ranging from the common silver paua to the prized deep-water golden volute.



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80c - Silver paua (Haliotis australis)



The silver paua lives in the lowtide and shallow sub-tidal zones on rocky shores throughout the country where it grazes on kelps and other algae. The genus name Haliotis is Latin for sea-ear, reflecting their distinctive shell shape.







$1.40 - Scott’s Murex (Rolandiella scotti)



As Scott’s Murex lives on rocks sub-tidally it can be quite a challenge to find a living specimen. The spines on the shell provide adhesion for camouflage providing organisms like bryozoans and coralline algae giving the shell a pebblelike appearance.



$2.00 - Golden volute (Provocator mirabilis)



Golden volutes were once considered by many to be ‘New Zealand’s rarest shell’ as they inhabit depths of 400-1000 metres which is well beyond the reach of most shell collectors. It is rarely found in shell collections and is highly prized for its attractive curves and colouration.




$2.50 - Fan shell (Talochlamys gemmulata)



Talochlamys gemmulata is one of two common shallow-water scallops referred to as fan shells in New Zealand. This particular specimen was collected from the Wahine wreck in Wellington harbour and is held in Te Papa Tongarewa’s collection.







$3.00 - Opal top shell (Cantharidus opalus)




The opal top shell is a common and attractive species living on rocky shores throughout New Zealand at and below low-tide. Remarkably, the opal top shell was the first New Zealand animal to be scientifically recorded and illustrated.








New Zealand Native Seashells 

SET OF 5 MINT STAMPS
NZ POST PRICE: $9.70 






MINIATURE SHEET WITH 5 GUMMED STAMPS
NZ POST PRICE: $9.70 




FIRST DAY COVER WITH 5 STAMPS AFFIXED
NZ POST PRICE: $10.20 




MINIATURE SHEET FIRST DAY COVER
NZ POST PRICE: $10.20 







STAMPS SHEET (25 x 80c)
NZ POST PRICE: $20.00 






STAMPS SHEET (25 x 1.40$)
NZ POST PRICE: $35.00 













STAMPS SHEET (25 x2.00$)
NZ POST PRICE: $50.00 





STAMPS SHEET (25 x2.50$)
NZ POST PRICE: $62.50 





STAMPS SHEET (25 x3.00$)
NZ POST PRICE: $75.00 



PLATE BLOCK
NZ POST PRICE: $58.20 






BARCODE A AND B BLOCK SET
NZ POST PRICE: $19.40




LOGO BLOCK SET
NZ POST PRICE: $19.40 




STAMP SHEET - SET OF 5
NZ POST PRICE: $242.50 




VALUE BLOCK SET
NZ POST PRICE: $58.20 




ISSUE DATE:6 May 2015
NOMINAL VALUE:80c, $1.40, $2.00, $2.50, $3.00
STAMP DESIGN:Stamps and Collectables, New Zealand Post
STAMP SIZE:40 mm x 30 mm
PRINTER:Southern Colour Print Ltd
PAPER:Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
PRINTING PROCESS:offset lithography
PERFORATION:14