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King Edward VII and Dominion Officials

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Several of the new King Edward VII stamps and the new 1d Dominion stamp were overprinted 'official'.

Issue information

These stamps were issued for postage on letters, packets and telegrams sent on public service.


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 King Edward VII and Dominion Officials

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1/2d 'Green Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Official'

Edward VII overprinted 'Official'Green - 1/2d
Edward VII overprinted 'Official'
Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Penny Dominion' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Official'

Overprinted 'Official'
Single Stamp

Single 3d 'Brown Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Official'

Single Stamp

Single 6d 'Red Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Official' 

Single Stamp

Single 8d 'Blue Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Official'

Single Stamp

Single 1s 'Orange Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Official'


Technical information

Date of issue: 1d - December 1909; 1/2d - January 1910; 6d - June 1910; 3d - October 1910; 1s - November 1910; 8d - May 1916
Designers: W R Royle and Sons, England and Guido Bach
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 20mm x 23mm
Sheet size: 1/2d: 240 stamps per sheet;  2d to 1s: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: 1/2d and 1d: Surface printed - typography; Other values: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: Various combinations
Paper type: De La Rue, NZ and star watermark; Cowan, NZ and star watermark; Various.