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1874 Queen Victoria First Sidefaces
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
1d Lilac 4a $315.00
$121.50
$10.80
2d Rose 4b $315.00
$112.50
$8.10
3d Brown 4c $720.00
$292.50
$135.00
4d Maroon 4d $1,080.00 $360.00
$99.00
6d Blue 4e $810.00
$360.00
$27.00
1/- Green 4f $1,080.00 $405.00
$90.00
2/- Red (1878 on) 4g $2,925.00 $990.00
$675.00
5/- Grey (1878 on) 4h $2,925.00 $990.00
$720.00
Set of 8 individual stamps 4i $9,661.50 $3,449.95 $1,676.65

By 1870, the printing plates for the Full Face Queens were very worn and needed replacing. A decision was made to design new stamps with a more contemporary portrait of Queen Victoria.

The 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d and 1/- stamps were designed by Messrs De La Rue & Co and featured a side on portrait with different frame shapes for each denomination.

Early papers used for printing this issue were manufactured with Potassium Prussiate to hamper cleaning off postmarks to reuse stamps and as a result some stamps show varying amounts of blueing - particularly noticeable in the 2d stamp.

In 1878, the issue was extended with the addition of 2 and 5 shilling stamps by W.R. Bock. The central portrait was copied from the original stamps and new frames and values added. The new values were intended for parcel post, but this service didn't eventuate during the life of this issue, and the stamps were mostly used fiscally. They are scarce - only around 47,000 of each were printed.
Bibliography

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand (Volume I)
    Edited by R. J. G. Collins and H. T. M. Fathers B.A. B.Sc.
    Published 1938 by The Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Pages 101 - 109, 567 - 569
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume II
    Edited by R. J. G. Collins FRPSNZ and C. W. Watts FRPSNZ
    Published 1950 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Pages 287 - 294
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume IV
    Edited by R. J. G. Collins FRPSNZ and C.W. Watts FRPSNZ
    Published 1960 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Page 369
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VI
    Edited by D. E. G. Naish FRPSNZ and K. J. McNaught FRPSNZ FRPSL
    Publsihed 1975 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Pages 9, 353
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VIII
    Edited by B. G. Vincent FRPSNZ
    Published 1998 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated (ISSN 0-9597883-1-X)
    Pages 702 - 703, 748
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