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Generic Series

ANI - Animals Series

CAD - Cats and Dogs Series

XMA - Christmas Series

ROS - Roses Series

NGE - North Island Generic Series

SGE - South Island Generic Series

ZGE - New Zealand Generic Series

Regional Series

NLD - Northland Series

AKL - Auckland Series

HOW - Howick Village Series

FRC - Franklin Country Series

HUN - Huntly Series

WKT - Waikato Series

HAM - Hamilton Series

CAM - Cambridge Series

OTO - Otorohanga Series

WTO - Waitomo Series

NPL - New Plymouth Series

HAW - Hawera Series

COR - Coromandel Series

BOP - Bay of Plenty Series

ROT - Rotorua Series

TAU - Taupo Series

WRA - Wairoa Series

HAB - Hawkes Bay Series

EKE - Eketahuna Series

TAR - Tararua Country Series

HUV - Hutt Valley Series

WLG - Wellington Series

NEL - Nelson Series

PIC - Picton Series

BUL - Buller Series

WLD - Westland Series

HAS - Hanmer Springs Series

KAI - Kaikoura Series

CHC - Christchurch Series

ASH - Ashburton District Series

GER - Geraldine Series

CSI - Central South Island Series

WNK - Wanaka Series

AWT - Arrowtown Series

QTN - Queenstown Series

QAW - Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka Combined Series

COT - Central Otago Series

DUN - Dunedin Series

GOR - Gore Series

SLD - Southland Series

Advertising Series

BCH - Beach Hop Series

FSA - Food Safety Series

MAM - Maritime Museum Series

QLT - Quilting Series

RES - Resene Series

Christmas Series

These stamps are issued in advance of Christmas each year.

45c stamps

XMA120 XMA121
XMA120 XMA121
Black Christmas tree ornaments Angel Christmas tree ornament
XMA122 XMA123 XMA124 XMA125
XMA122 XMA123 XMA124 XMA125
Silver star Red and gold Christmas tree ornament Parcels Purple star
XMA126 XMA127 XMA128 XMA129
XMA126 XMA127 XMA128 XMA129
Red Christmas tree ornament Candle Gold star Parcel
Series Month Notes XMA B12 XMA120 XMA121 XMA122 XMA123 XMA124 XMA125 XMA126 XMA127 XMA128 XMA129
b  09/05  Earliest known printing at 45c rate  NZM 0050   0907   0908   0909   0910   0911   0912   0913   0914   0915   0916 
d  08/06     NZM 0050   0907   0908   0909   0910   0911   0912   0913   0914   0915   0916 

50c stamps, first series

XMA130 XMA131
XMA130 XMA131
Black Christmas tree ornaments Angel Christmas tree ornament
XMA132 XMA133 XMA134 XMA135
XMA132 XMA133 XMA134 XMA135
Silver star Red and gold Christmas tree ornament Parcels Purple star
XMA136 XMA137 XMA138 XMA139
XMA136 XMA137 XMA138 XMA139
Red Christmas tree ornament Candle Gold star Parcel
Series Month Notes XMA B13 XMA130 XMA131 XMA132 XMA133 XMA134 XMA135 XMA136 XMA137 XMA138 XMA139
b  09/07  Earliest known printing at 50c rate  NZM 0169   0907   0908   0909   0910   0911   0912   0913   0914   0915   0916 

50c stamps, second series

XMA140 XMA141 XMA142 XMA143
XMA140 XMA141 XMA142 XMA143
Star over Holy Family Wise Men bearing gifts Shepherds Composite Nativity scene
Series Month Notes XMA B14 XMA140
(1)
XMA140
(2)
XMA140
(3)
XMA141
(1)
XMA141
(2)
XMA141
(3)
XMA142
(1)
XMA142
(2)
XMA143
(1)
XMA143
(2)
b  09/08  Earliest known printing of 2008 designs.
See Appendix 1 for type differences
 NZM 0193   1605   1605   1605   1606   1606   1606   1607   1607   1608   1608 
d  10/08     NZM 0193   1605   1605   1605   1606   1606   1606   1607   1607   1608   1608 

Appendix 1

The following appendix describes the differences between the types of each stamp in Booklet XMA B14b. In all cases the enlargements on the left are the stamps numbered (1); the enlargments in the centre or at the right (if there are only two enlargments) are the stamps numbered (2) and the enlargements at the right (if there are three enlargments) are the stamps numbered (3). The numbers (1), (2) and (3) are allocated to stamps according to their position in the booklet pane; if the pane is viewed with the vertical format stamps upright, the numbers run from top to bottom.
I have as yet been unable to locate an example of Booklet XMA B14d, but individual stamps of that printing that I have seen show the same major design types as those from the previous printing. However, there is so little difference between the two types of XMA143b that I cannot be sure of the differences between the two types of XMA143d.

XMA140b XMA141b
XMA140b XMA141b
(Enlargement)
Note position of gap in lower ring of "5" compared with background star, and position of imprint compared with company logo.
(Enlargement)
Note position of "5" compared with star and frame, and position of imprint compared with company logo
XMA142b XMA143b
XMA142b XMA143b
(Enlargement)
Note position of company logo compared with imprint and with background design
(Enlargement)
Note almost imperceptible differences in position of face value, company logo and imprint

50c stamps, third series

The booklet containing these stamps includes the message "Special thanks to the students of St Mary's College Ponsonby Auckland whose wonderful designs adorn our Christmas Stamp issue." The individual students contributing these designs do not appear to be named anywhere in the booklet, but the strong similarity of linework within each basic type indicates that this was a colouring competition of some sort.

XMA150 XMA151
XMA150 XMA151
Bells (background in pink and purple) Angel (background in dark blue)
XMA152 XMA153 XMA154
XMA152 XMA153 XMA154
Poinsettia (background in yellow and orange) Angel (background of geometric designs) Angel (background of flags)
XMA155 XMA156
XMA155 XMA156
Poinsettia (background in red and blue) Poinsettia (concentric background in yellow and dark red)
XMA157 XMA158 XMA159
XMA157 XMA158 XMA159
Angel (background in dark brown) Bells (background in shades of red and green) The Holy Family
Series Month Notes XMA B15 XMA150 XMA151 XMA152 XMA153 XMA154 XMA155 XMA156 XMA157 XMA158 XMA159
b  08/09  Earliest known printing of 2009 designs  NZM 0206   1720   1721   1722   1723   1724   1725   1726   1727   1728   1729 

Undenominated stamps

These stamps, inscribed "Kiwi", are permanently valid for the basic internal postal rate within New Zealand. This rate was 50c when the stamps were first issued, rising to 60c on 1st October, 2010.

XMA160 XMA161
XMA160 XMA161
Bells (background in pink and purple) Angel (background in dark blue)
XMA162 XMA163 XMA164
XMA162 XMA163 XMA164
Poinsettia (background in yellow and orange) Angel (background of geometric designs) Angel (background of flags)
XMA165 XMA166
XMA165 XMA166
Poinsettia (background in red and blue) Poinsettia (concentric background in yellow and dark red)
XMA167 XMA168 XMA169
XMA167 XMA168 XMA169
Angel (background in dark brown) Bells (background in shades of red and green) The Holy Family
Series Month Notes XMA B16 XMA160 XMA161 XMA162 XMA163 XMA164 XMA165 XMA166 XMA167 XMA168 XMA169
a  08/10  Earliest known undenominated printing  NZM 0260   1807   1808   1809   1810   1811   1812   1813   1814   1815   1816