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