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Map Stamp

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In 1923 Government decided that it was time to restore penny postage following its suspension in 1915.

Issue information

The suggestion that the stamp design depict a map of New Zealand was made by Mr R F Joyce. The Postmaster General gave his approval and Mr W R Bock was instructed to prepare a design and engrave a steel die.


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Product Listing for Map Stamp

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 1d 'Red' gummed stamp. 1d

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 October 1923
Designers: W R Bock, Wellington
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 20mm x 23mm
Sheet size: 240 stamps per sheet, with a later printing in 1925 with 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Surface printed - Typography
Perforation gauge: 14 x 15
Paper type: De La Rue, NZ and star watermark; Later printings on Jones and Cowan paper
Period of sale: Stocks became exhausted in the latter part of 1925.