1954 Queen Elizabeth II Official
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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this issue was withdrawn in March 1965.
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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