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Government Life

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Special stamps for use solely by the Government Life Insurance Office were first issued in 1891, a lighthouse being incorporated into each stamp design. The inclusion of a stylised lighthouse on the 1981 Government Life stamp issue continued a theme that had always appeared on Government Life stamps since their inception.

Issue information

Lighthouse - 5c
In colours of pastel blue, light blue and mauve.

Lighthouse - 10c
In colours of light grey, light blue and red.

Lighthouse - 20c
In colours of cerise, yellow and brown.

Lighthouse - 30c
n colours of pastel brown, light blue and military grey.

Lighthouse - 40c
In colours of orange, yellow and dark grey.

Lighthouse - 50c
In colours of pastel green, light green and brown.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 25 in April 1981.

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:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 3 June 1981
Designer: A G Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons England
Stamp Size: 42mm x 25mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 14.25
Paper Type: Harrison and Sons Unwatermarked
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