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1974 Christmas
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
3c 'Adoration of the Magi / Kings' by Witz 200a $0.45
$0.45
5c Stained Glass Window from St Paul's, Wellington 200b $0.45
$0.45
10c Christmas Lily 200c $1.80
$1.80
Set of 3 individual stamps 200d $2.55
$2.55
First Day Cover - 2 October 1974 200e $4.25
… 3c (200a), 5c (200b), 10c (200c)
The 3 cent stamp features a full reproduction of 'Adoration of the Magi (Kings) (L'adoration des mages)' by Konrad Witz. Set outside a stable with shattered pieces of stucco suggests decay. Over the doorway a statue of David playing a harp refers to the City of David (Bethlehem) and Mary and Joseph's ancestry.

The 5 cent stamp features a stained glass window of three angels from Saint Paul's Church in downtown Wellington. Constructed entirely from native timbers, the wooden interior of St Paul's is enhanced by stunning stained glass windows. The church is a prime example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture and was the subject of one of New Zealand's greatest heritage battles.

The 10 cent stamp has the flowers of the Christmas (Regal) Lily (Lilium regale). The sweet, heady, almost overpowering fragrance of the Christmas Lily is most often associated with Christmas in New Zealand.


Bibliography
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VI
Edited by D. E. G. Naish FRPSNZ and K. J. McNaught FRPSNZ FRPSL
Publsihed 1975 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
Page 218
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