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For the commemorative stamp set of 1946 the theme of peace and victory was adopted following the conclusion of the Second World War.

Issue information

Bradbury Wilkinson printed the 1d and 2d stamps, Waterlow & Sons the 1/2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 8d and 9d values with Harrison & Sons printing the 1 1/2d and 1s stamps. All stamps were recess printed except the 1 1/2d and 1s values which were printed by photogravure.


New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue.

Historical Information

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 Peace

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1/2d 'Peace and Tranquillity' gummed stamp.

Lake Matheson and Southern Alps, including Mt Cook and part of the Fox Glacier.

Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Faith in Constitutional Government' gummed stamp.

Parliament with portrait of His Majesty King George VI inset in oval surmounted by Royal Crown.

Single Stamp

Single 1 1/2d 'Tribute to the People of Britain' gummed stamp.

St Paul's Cathedral in the centre of a Victory sign and laurel sprays with the Union Jack in the background.  This stamp pays tribute to the successful but lonely stand made by the British people of the United Kingdom and the Empire against the then apparently all-powerful German forces.

1 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 2d 'In Peace, long may they Reign' gummed stamp.

The Royal Family - His Majesty King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in a frame representing the Royal Crown.

Single Stamp

Single 3d 'Tribute to the Air Force' gummed stamp.

Badge of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  New Zealand airmen in large numbers flew with the RAF during the Battle of Britain.

Single Stamp

Single 4d 'Tribute to the Army' gummed stamp.

New Zealand Army badge with desert and farm scenes surmounted by date palms, coconut palms and tree fern.  New Zealand forces took a prominent part in the war in Africa, in Italy and in the Pacific.

Single Stamp

Single 5d 'Tribute to the Navy and the Mercantile Navy' gummed stamp.

The badge of the Royal New Zealand Navy with rope at base tied in sailor's reef knot set between the HMNZS Achilles and MV Dominion Monarch' Achilles, manned by New Zealanders, was one of three British naval vessels in the Battle of the River Plate in 1939 which culminated in the destruction of the powerful German pocket-battleship Graf Spee. The Dominion Monarch (Shaw Savill Line) saw war service and both before and after the war was one of the largest passenger vessels plying regularly between the UK and New Zealand.

Single Stamp

Single 6d 'Tribute to Workers on the Home Front' gummed stamp.

New Zealand Coat of Arms set between industrial and farming scenes.

Single Stamp

Single 8d 'The Service and Devotion of Youth in the Nation's Cause' gummed stamp.

Knight holding a banner depicting the Cross of St George - from the stained glass window of the Wellington College Memorial Hall.

Single Stamp

Single 9d 'A Spirit of Thankfulness' gummed stamp.

The Chapel window, Waiho Gorge.  The Franz Josef Glacier can be seen in the background of the stamp through the window.

Single Stamp

Single 1s 'Remembrance' gummed stamp.

National Memorial Campanile, Wellington and the perpetual Light of Remembrance.


Technical information

Date of issue: 1 April 1946
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printer: Harrison and Sons, England; Bradbury Wilkinson, England and Waterlow and Sons, England
Stamp size: 1/2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d and 9d : 40mm x 24mm; 1d and 2d : 29mm x 24mm;  1 1/2d : 24mm x 29mm;  8d and 1s : 24mm x 40mm
Sheet size: 1/2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 8d, 9d and 1s : 120 stamps per sheet; 1 1/2d : 160 per sheet; 1d and 2d : 240 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio and Photogravure
Perforation gauge: 1 1/2d and 1s : 14 x 15; 1d and 2d : 13.5 x 13; 1/2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 8d and 9d : 13.5
Paper type: Wiggins Teape 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark.