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Ireland, New Zealand
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2017 Christmas Grand Finale
Ireland Christmas 2017 Stamp Issue

New Zealand Christmas 2017 Stamp Issue

Switzerland Christmas 2017 Stamp Issue

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year we decided to cover two or three different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. This week we visit Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. Each of their 2017 Christmas stamp issues are shown above and some information about them is listed below.

Ireland issued three new traditional Christmas stamps named "Christmas 2017" on November 2, 2017. Design by Red&Gray these stamps depict three different tradition scenes. The 1 euro stamp depicts Christmas carol singers, and the 1.35 euros depicts a reindeer with Christmas lights on its antlers, and the other 1 euro depicts the three wise men that follow the star of Bethlehem. These stamps can be purchase as singles, pair, booklet and FDCs. The size of each stamp is 25mm x 30mm for the three wise men, and 56mm x 25mm for the carol singers and reindeer. Perforation size is 13 x 13 for the three wise men, and 11 x 11.25 for the carol singers and reindeer with both using the 2cm reference. They were printed by Carter Security Printing using the Lithography printing process for the three wise men and HP Indigo high resolution digital print for the carol singers and reindeer.

New Zealand issued five new Christmas stamps named "Christmas 2017" on November 1, 2017. Designed by Nicky Dyer these stamps feature an Angel($1), a Bauble($2.20), a Star($2.30), a Bell($2.70) and a Christmas Wreath($3.30). They can be purchase as a set of 5, Miniature sheet, and assorted FDCs. The size of each stamp is 35mm x 46mm with a perforation size of 14.286 x 13.895 using the 2cm reference. They were printed by Southern Color Print Ltd, New Zealand using the offset lithography printing process with Tullis Russell 104gsm paper.

Switzerland issued four new Christmas stamp named "Christmas 2017" in November, 2017. These stamps were design by Boris Pilleri and are dedicated to four traditional Christmas songs and their composers. They are Silent Night(0.85CHF), Jingle Bells(1CHF), We wish you a merry Christmas(1.50CHF) and Snow falls softly at nights(2CHF). Each of the stamps can be purchase as a single, Sheets of 12 and assorted FDC's. Sorry! no specification were available.

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