In February 1925 the Government Printer reported that the 1d 'Dominion' printing plate needed to be replaced. In view of the fact the 'Universal' type design had been in use for twenty-five years it was decided it should be replaced with a design depicting King George V.
H L Richardson was asked to prepare a design similar to the 2s and 3s stamps that depicted King George V as an Admiral of the Fleet. It was recommended, however, that as General Sir Charles Fergusson - a distinguished soldier, had succeeded Viscount Jellicoe as Governor-General, it would be appropriate to depict the King in the uniform of a Field Marshall. The design was engraved by Waterlow and Sons, London. The stamp was in production from 1926 till 1935. The stamps were overprinted 'Official' for use on letters, packets and telegrams sent on the public service.
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Product Listing for King George V - Admirals Officials
Single 1d 'Red Field Marshall' gummed stamp.
Overprinted 'Official'. Issued 1926.
Single 2s 'Blue Admiral of the Fleet' gummed stamp.
Overprinted 'Official'. Issued 1927.
|Date of issue:||15 November 1926|
|Designers:||H Linley Richardson, Wellington|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, New Zealand|
|Stamp size:||20mm x 24mm|
|Sheet size:||240 stamps per sheet; Booklet panes of six stamps|
|Process:||Surface printed - Typography|
|Perforation gauge:||14 and 14 x 15|
|Paper type:||Cowan chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark; Wiggins Teape chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until May 1935.|