In 1900, a number of the lower value pictorial stamps from the 1898 issue
were replaced. The designs and colours of the penny and fourpence stamps
were swapped as the two-tone 1898 penny stamp was too difficult and costly
to print in large quantities. The stamps were originally intended to be
printed this way around in 1898, but a printers error saw them
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The halfpence stamp features Mount Cook, New
Zealand's highest mountain printed in green as required by the
Universal Postal Union for all halfpenny stamps. Two alpine flowers are
featured on the stamp - the Ranunculus and Celmisia. The stamp was also
reduced in size so that 240 stamps could be printed per sheet.
one penny stamp features the White Terraces which were produced by
geothermally heated water which left thick white layers of limestone.
Located on the edges of Lake Rotomahana near Rotorua, they were considered
the eighth wonder of the natural world until they were completely destroyed
by the violent volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. The eruption
claimed around 150 lives and is the most violent and destructive volcanic
eruption in recent history.
A new penny halfpenny stamp was
introduced to cover a change in postage rates for printed matter. It
commemorated the departure of the first contingents of New Zealand troops
to the Boer War in South Africa and symbolised the prompt response of New
Zealand to the call of the Empire for troops. A total of 6,500 New Zealand
troops took part. Rather ironically, the stamp was the first to be engraved
outside the British Empire, in New York.
The twopence stamp,
featuring Pembroke Peak in Milford Sound, was reduced in size so that
sheets of 240 stamps could be printed to reduce printing costs for this
very commonly used stamp.
The four penny stamp features Lake Taupo
with Mount Ruapehu in the background and a Cabbage Tree on the left. Lake
Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand covering over 600 square
kilometers. The lake is well known for rainbow trout which were introduced
The sixpence stamp featured the Kiwi as in the original
1898 issue, but printed in red because the Universal Postal Union required
halfpenny stamps to be printed green.
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