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1971 New Zealand 7c

    One of two New Zealand stamps to mark the centennial of the birth of Ernest Rutherford. Note the use of a portrait of him as an old man, not what he looked like in 1917 when he became the world's first successful alchemist by converting nitrogen into oxygen, or put another way became the first person to split the atom. The stamps were issued on the 1st of December 1971.

The Story Behind the 1971 New Zealand Stamps.

    In case you wonder why stamps were issued in December to mark an August event, see the story on the 1c stamp page.

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