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1902 Postage Dues

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Postage Due stamps were produced for the collection of unpaid or insufficiently paid postage on all classes of mail.

Issue information

The first plates for the Postage Due stamps of 1899 were cast from type-set blocks but in July 1900 it was decided that any future issues of the stamps will be printed from engraved dies. 

Mr WR Bock of Wellington submitted two designs and one was selected. This was forwarded to the Government Printer with a request that the necessary dies be produced at once as it was desirable that the production of the new stamps be undertaken without delay. The intention was to replace the original issue as stocks on hand became exhausted.

The preparation of the dies was entrusted to Messrs. Turnbull, Hickson and Palmer, of Wellington. who made one die for the frame and separate dies for the values.

The 1/2d stamp was first issued in February 1902, the 1d in December 1905, the 2d in April 1906 and the 3d value in May 1928.


New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue:

Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for 1902 Postage Dues

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 1/2d 'Red/Green Postage Due' gummed stamp. 1/2d
Single Stamp Single 1d 'Red/Green Postage Due' gummed stamp. 1d
Single Stamp Single 2d 'Red/Green Postage Due' gummed stamp. 2d
Single Stamp Single 3d 'Red/Green Postage Due' gummed stamp. 3d

Technical information

Date of issue: 28 February 1902
Designers: W R Bock, Wellington
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 25mm x 20mm
Sheet size: 120 and 240 stamps per sheet, initially in panes of 60, later in consolidated sheets
Process: Surface printed - Typography
Perforation gauge: Various combinations
Paper type: Various papers used, unwatermarked and NZ and star watermark