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1939 Postage Dues

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As the plates for the 1902 Postage Due stamps had been in use for many years and were beginning to show signs of wear it was decided that it was appropriate time to introduce a new design for this series of stamps.

Issue information

The 1902 Postage Due stamps were withdrawn from sale on the 15 August 1939 at the close of the business day with the new stamps issued the following day.


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

Historical Information

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 1939 Postage Dues

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1/2d 'blue-green' gummed stamp.

Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Carmine-pink' gummed stamp.

Single Stamp

Single 2d 'Blue' gummed stamp.

Single Stamp

Single 3d 'Orange-brown' gummed stamp.


Technical information

Date of issue: 16 August 1939
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 24mm x 20mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Surface printed - Typography
Perforation gauge: 15 x 14
Paper type: Wiggins Teape chalk surfaced, single and multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 30 September 1951.