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Monday, July 27, 2015

Niue 2015
Traditional Weapons






Niuean weapons required skill and ingenuity in both creation and use. They were carefully crafted from natural materials found on the island, and required strength and accuracy to be used effectively. The four stamps in this issue look at two types of weapon - katoua (clubs) and tao (spears).

30c and $3.00 - Tao (Spear)

Tao are long, heavy spears, measuring up to two metres in length and usually made from heavy, sturdy wood. The handles and spear points were often made from different materials, so if the spears were thrown but missed their target, the spear point would often break off, preventing the enemy using the spears. The tao on the 30c stamp is made from wood and measures 1.895 metres long, and the the tao on the $3.00 stamp is made from wood, cloth and plant fibre and measures 2.764 metres long.



$1.40 and $4.00 - Katoua (Club)

Katoua are items unique to Niue and are used nowadays in festival and school performances. They’re usually made from sturdy wood, and were more likely to be used in close-combat scenarios, similar to Maori taiaha.The katoua on the $1.40 stamp is made from wood and measures 2.475 metres long, and the katoua on the $4.00 stamp is made from wood and hair and measures 1.045 metres long.









ISSUE DATE: 5 August 2015
DENOMINATIONS: 30c, $1.40, $2.00 $4.00 (NZD)
STAMP DESIGN: New Zealand Post Ltd
PRINTER: Collectables and Solutions Centre,
New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
PRINTING PROCESS: -
STAMP SIZE: 30 mm x 40 mm
PERFORATION GAUGE: 13.33
SHEET LAYOUT: 16 stamps



NIUE TRADITIONAL WEAPONS

MINIATURE SHEET
PRICE: 8.70$





FIRST DAY COVER (FDC) WITH 4 STAMPS AFFIXED
PRICE: 9.20$







MINIATURE SHEET FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)
PRICE: 9.20$






STAMP SHEETS 













PLATE BLOCK SET
PRICE: 52.20$







VALUE BLOCK SET
PRICE: 52.20$