Early in 1958 the postage rate for printed matter was increased and so the
1½d stamp was withdrawn and surcharged 2d.
The newer 1½d stamp with large figures had been on
sale for two years, but a few sheets of the original 1953 issue were
returned and some of these were accidentally surcharged as well. The
Error' can be easily detected (on the
right in the photograph above) - the incorrectly surcharged stamps have the
Southern Cross visible on the bottom right of the stamp.
cheaply the 1953 1½d stamp without overprint can be sourced,
collectors should be extremely wary of forgeries. Compare the relative
positioning of the obscuring bullet and the text, the character font used
and the reflectivity of the ink against the correctly surcharged stamp -
they should be identical. The gum side of the stamp should show
indentations in the shape of the overprint.
The 2½d surcharge
on the 1955 3d red stamp appeared in 1961 after the definitives had been
withdrawn and replaced by the 1960 Pictorials. When initially issued there
was no 2½d stamp in the 1960 Pictorials issue and after another rise
in postage necessitated a new stamp, the 3d stamp which the Post Office
still had large stocks of, was overprinted to fill the gap.