In 1929 H L Richardson of Wellington, who designed the George V stamp series was commissioned to design a new set of 'Duty' stamps.
His design incorporated the New Zealand Coat of Arms, however because of the confined space he depicted his own interpretation of the subject, which varied considerably from the version authorised by Royal Warrant in 1911. An error was made in the design whereby the New Zealand flag is depicted instead of the Union Jack. Numerous denominations of this single design were issued in the years 1931 - 67. A new set of four were reprinted in July 1967 with the introduction of decimal currency.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 43 in May 1967.
Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/
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|Date of issue:||10 July 1967|
|Designers:||H L Richardson, Wellington|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, New Zealand|
|Stamp size:||25mm x 28mm|
|Sheet size:||80 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Surface printed - Typography|
|Paper type:||Wiggins Teape and Alex. Pire Ltd, NZ and star watermark; Later printings of the top three values were on unwatermarked paper|