Immediately following the cessation of World War I in November 1918 a
request was made to issue a set of stamps commemorating the declaration of
peace. The designs were intended to be imperial rather than national with a
modest indication of country of origin.
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The stamps were designed and
manufactured in London, and were available for sale in London three months
before the issue was released in New Zealand. Some New Zealand collectors
received copies of the stamps from British stamp dealers before the Post
Office had released the issue. This caused sufficient commotion that a
decision was made to in future not sell issues abroad.
printed were in the millions and the stamps continued in use as de facto
definitives for several years. In 1922, the ½d stamp (which had
little use after the postage rate for newspapers was increased to one
penny in 1920) was surcharged 'TWOPENCE' in red.
halfpence green stamp features the British Lion representing the British
Empire with the allegorical figure of Peace sitting with him.
penny red stamp also features the British Lion, this time standing with
the allegorical figure of Peace walking beside him.
stamp features a Maori Chief wearing the tail feathers of the now extinct
Huia and a Whakakai or ear pendant made from shark teeth.
penny stamp features the British Lion again - this time one of the lions
which flank Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London. Trafalgar
Square was very familiar to New Zealand soldiers who fought in the
The 6d stamp shows 'Progress' attendant on the angel
of Peace. The design alluding to peaceful uses of knowledge and technology
rather than the horrific uses inflicted on soldiers in the trenches in the
First World War.
The shilling stamp features King George V flanked
by traditional Maori carvings.
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