Three of the Queen Victoria Postal Fiscal stamps were overprinted 'Official' for postal use by government departments.
Since the officials were never used for fiscal purposes, there is no difficulty recognising valid postal cancellations on these stamps.
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 Queen Victoria Postal Fiscals Officials
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|Date of issue:||1 April 1882|
|Designers:||W B Hudson|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, Wellington|
|Stamp size:||20mm x 24mm and 24mm x 40mm|
|Sheet size:||1d: 240 stamps per sheet (4 panes of 60); Other values: 60 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Surface printed - Typography|
|Paper type:||Various paper types, NZ or NZ and star watermark.|