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1954 Queen Elizabeth II Official

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1954 Queen Elizabeth II Official
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
1d Orange - On Ordinary Paper 94a $1.15
$0.70
$0.45
(i) On White Paper 94a1 $1.45
$1.10
$0.70
1½d Brown 94b $2.50
$2.00
$2.70
2d Green - On Ordinary Paper 94c $3.15
$2.00
$0.45
(i) On White Paper 94c1 $1.35
$0.90
$0.55
2½d Overprinted On 2d Green (Issued 1961) 94d $1.10
$0.90
$0.70
2½d Olive (Issued 1963) 94e $3.60
$2.25
$0.90
3d Red - On Ordinary Paper 94f $1.35
$0.90
$1.15
(i) On White Paper 94f1 $0.90
$0.70
$0.55
4d Blue - On Ordinary Paper 94g $3.15
$1.35
$0.45
(i) On Gummed Side of Paper 94g1 $315.00
(ii) On White Paper 94g2 $3.60
$1.80
$1.15
6d Overprinted On 1½d Brown (Issued 1959) 94h $3.15
$1.80
$1.10
9d Red 94i $9.00
$4.50
$2.00
1/- Purple - On Ordinary Paper 94j $6.30
$3.60
$0.70
(i) On White Paper 94j1 $7.20
$4.05
$2.00
3/- Grey (Issued 1963) 94k $67.50
$54.00
$63.00
Set of 11 94l $96.85
$70.30
$69.90
First Day Cover - 1 March 1954 94m $22.50
... 1d (94a), 1½d (94b), 2d (94c), 3d (94f), 4d (94g), 9d (94i), 1/- (94j)
First Day Cover - 1 October 1959 94n $22.50
... 6d (94h)
First Day Cover - 1 September 1961 94o $6.75
... 2½d (94d)
First Day Cover - 1 March 1963 94p $90.00
... 2½d (94e), 3/- (94k)

From the late 1940s, James Berry had proposed that Official Government stamps should have their own design - along the lines of the Government Life Insurance issues. James produced sample designs featuring native flowers and eventually the New Zealand Post Office agreed but opted for a simple design featuring the Queen's head. This made the 1954 Official issue unique as the only issue designed specifically for government department use. All previous Official stamps were over-prints of the then current definitive or pictorial issue and this was the last New Zealand Official issue. Stamps for general official purposes ceased altogether when this issue was withdrawn in March 1965.



The stamps feature a side portrait of Queen Elizabeth II against a background pattern of the letters 'NZ'. Close examination reveals James Berry's skill as a master stamp designer and engraver.

The three shilling stamp, which was used for parcels and the issuing of summonses, was only on sale for two years and is relatively scarce.
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