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1935 Pictorials Official
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
½d Fantail - Multiple Watermark 54a $7.20
$3.60
$3.60
1d Kiwi - Multiple Watermark 54b $12.60
$6.30
$0.45
(i) Single Watermark Perf 14 x 13½ 54b1 $12.60
$6.30
$0.65
(ii) Single Watermark Perf 13½ x 14 54b2 $324.00
$162.00
$117.00
1½d Maori Cooking - Multiple Watermark 54c $16.20
$5.40
$5.40
(i) Single Watermark 54c1 $54.00
$31.50
$40.50
2d Whare - Perf 14 x 13½ Coarse 54d $5.40
$2.70
$0.45
(i) Perf 14 x 13½ Fine 54d1 $7.20
$4.05
$0.65
(ii) Perf 12½ 54d2 $252.00
$162.00
$108.00
(iii) Perf 14 Line 54d3 $90.00
$54.00
$36.00
2½d Mount Cook - Perf 14 Line 54e $27.00
$12.60
$31.50
(i) Perf 14 - 13 x 13½ 54e1 $76.50
$36.00
$126.00
(ii) Perf 14 Comb 54e2 $27.00
$12.60
$31.50
3d Wahine 54f $108.00
$45.00
$3.60
4d Mitre Peak - Perf 14 x 13½ 54g $22.50
$10.80
$1.55
(i) Perf 14 Line 54g1 $27.00
$12.60
$7.20
(ii) Perf 12½ 54g2 $27.00
$12.60
$10.80
(iii) Perf 14 x 14½ 54g3 $25.20
$12.60
$1.10
6d Harvesting - Perf 13½ x 14 54h $36.00
$16.20
$2.00
(i) Perf 12½ 54h1 $30.60
$16.20
$5.85
(ii) Perf 14½ x 14 Coarse 54h2 $28.80
$12.60
$2.00
(iii) Perf 14½ x 14 Fine 54h3 $99.00
$40.50
$2.00
8d Tuatara - Perf 12½ 54i $45.00
$21.60
$16.20
(i) Perf 14 x 14½ 54i1 $40.50
$19.80
$7.20
9d Larger 18 x 21½mm Design (1938 Printing) / Red / Slate Grey / Overprinted Green 54j $378.00
$144.00
$45.00
9d Smaller 17½ x 20½ mm Design (1943 printing) / Scarlet / Jet Black / Overprinted Black 54k $99.00
$49.50
$40.50
1/- Tui - Single Watermark 54l $135.00
$63.00
$81.00
(i) Multiple Watermark Perf 14 x 13½ Coarse 54l1 $90.00
$54.00
$2.25
(ii) Multiple Watermark Perf 14 x 13½ Fine 54l2 $81.00
$37.80
$2.25
(iii) Multiple Watermark Perf 12½ 54l3 $45.00
$19.80
$2.25
2/- Captain Cook - Perf 13 - 14 x 13½ 54m $162.00
$81.00
$54.00
(i) Perf 13½ x 14 54m1 $630.00
$252.00
$10.80
(ii) Perf 12½ Coarse 54m2 $144.00
$72.00
$31.50
(iii) Perf 12½ Fine 54m3 $216.00
$126.00
$31.50
(iv) Perf 13¾ x 13½ 54m4 $117.00
$63.00
$13.50
Set of 13 54n $1,001.20 $438.60
$271.00

In 1905 the New Zealand Government decreed that postage stamps with the word 'Official' printed on them were to be used for all mail from government departments and agencies. The Official overprints of the 1935 Pictorials were first issued in March 1936 but are commonly included under 1935 for simplicity. All stamps from the 1935 Pictorials issue with the exception of the five penny and three shilling stamps were issued after having been overprinted by the Government Printer.

The halfpenny stamp features the Fantail (Piwakawaka) with native Clematis in the background. The fantail is a very sociable New Zealand native bird which darts around eating insects.

The penny stamp features the Kiwi - several species of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The kiwi is also a national symbol of New Zealand.

The 1½d stamp features a Maori woman cooking food by lowering it in a flax basket or kete into a boiling geothermal spring.

The twopence stamp features a traditional Maori Meeting House.

The 2½d stamp is two-tone with Mount Cook (Aorangi) in the centre bordered on both sides by the Mount Cook Buttercup (Ranunculus lyallii) - a species of buttercup endemic to the South Island of New Zealand at altitudes of 700 to 1,500 metres.

The threepence stamp features a Maori girl (Wahine) wearing an intricately woven flax head-band (pare). A Huia feather is in her hair - a mark of great prestige.

The four penny stamp features a view of Mitre Peak in Milford Sound.

The sixpence stamp features a horse drawn harvester or reaper, working through a crop of wheat.

The eight penny stamp features the native Tuatara - the only surviving member of the Sphenodontians which flourished around 200 million years ago. The name "tuatara" derives from the Māori language meaning "peaks on the back".

The 9d stamp features the ornamentation from a Maori sliding door panel. This stamp was printed using offset lithography rather than recess printed like the rest of the stamps in the issue. The stamp was issued in two forms. The initial green overprints on the red and grey 1938 printing measure 18 by 21½ mm. The 1941 black overprinting on the scarlet and black stamps had a slightly smaller design - 17½ by 20½ mm.

The shilling stamp features the Tui - a very intelligent bird much like parrots. They are able to clearly imitate human speech. The possession of two voiceboxes enable Tui to perform a myriad of vocalisations.

The two shilling stamp shows the landing of Captain Cook at Poverty Bay on the 8th of October 1769. The first encounter with local Maori led to the deaths of six Maori during skirmishes with the crew due to a misinterpretation of the traditional Maori challenge. Cook was unable to gain many of the provisions he and his crew needed at the bay, and for this reason gave it its name.
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