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1994 Mount Cook Definitive
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
$20 Mount Cook Definitive 378a $36.00
$36.00
(i) Reprint overprinted 'Specimen' from the 2009 Timpex Stamp Exhibition miniature sheet 378a1 $11.70
First Day Cover - 18 February 1994 378b $36.00
... $20 (378a)

This is New Zealand's largest and highest valued stamp. It is also one of the most controversial as many stamp collectors believe that rather than responding to demand for a high value postage stamp for documents and parcels, the stamp was a ploy to fleece collectors.



Recess printed in a dull blue with gold leaf embossing, this design incorporates several New Zealand icons - Mt Cook, the native Ponga fern and the Kowhai tree flower. A Maori rafter pattern in gold leaf borders at the top while the New Zealand flag is also woven into the engraving.

The same stamp design printed by offset lithography, pre-cancelled and overprinted 'SPECIMEN' was included in the 2009 Timpex Stamp Exhibition miniature sheet.



The stamp was printed on water-marked paper with a special fluorescent surface printed security pattern as shown in the above photograph which is visible under long wave (around 420 nanometre) ultraviolet light.
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