The Edwardian stamps had only been in use for six months when King George V ascended the throne. The Postmaster-General therefore agreed to wait before issuing new stamps so that the Edward VII stamps could be used up.
Several of the George V stamps that were issued on and after 1915 were overprinted 'Official' for use on letters, packets and telegrams sent on public service.
The stamps all depicted a side face portrait of the new King, the stamp design being influenced by that of the 1840 1d Black of Great Britain. The dies were engraved by Perkins, Bacon & Co.
For economic reasons several denominations of this issue were produced by the surface printing method as well as bring recess-printed. Surface printing was a much cheaper option and the change was made for economic reasons.
The surface version of these stamps has the the solid background colour broken up by fine white diagonal lines forming diamond shapes. The recess version has a background design made up of fine coloured lines giving an almost solid look - broken by tiny white dots.
The stamps remained in production until 1935.
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: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/
Product Listing for King George V Officials
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|Date of issue:||30 July 1915|
|Designers:||H Linley Richardson, Wellington|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, New Zealand|
|Stamp size:||20mm x 24mm|
|Sheet size:||Recess prints: 120 stamps per sheet; Surface prints: 240 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Recess printed - Intaglio and Surface printed - Typography|
|Perforation gauge:||Various combinations|
|Paper type:||Various papers utilised, N Z and star watermark.|