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1970 Definitives / Pictorials
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
½c Glade Copper Butterfly (Watermarked paper) 166a $0.45
$0.45
1c Red Admiral Butterfly (Upright watermark) 166b $0.45
$0.45
(i) With sideways watermark 166b1 $0.90
$0.90
(ii) With no watermark and white gum 166b2 $0.45
$0.45
(iii) With no watermark and blue gum 166b3 $0.45
2c Tussock Butterfly 166c $0.45
$0.45
(i) With no watermark and white gum 166c1 $0.45
$0.45
(ii) With no watermark and blue gum 166c2 $0.45
2½c Magpie Moth (Watermarked paper) 166d $0.45
$0.45
3c Lichen Moth (Upright watermark) 166e $0.45
$0.45
(i) With sideways watermark 166e1 $0.90
$0.90
(ii) With no watermark and white gum 166e2 $0.45
$0.45
(iii) With no watermark and blue gum 166e3 $1.35
4c Puriri Moth (Upright watermark) 166f $0.45
$0.45
(i) With sideways watermark 166f1 $0.90
$0.90
(ii) With no watermark and white gum 166f2 $0.45
$0.45
(iii) With no watermark and blue gum 166f3 $0.45
5c Scarlet Parrot Fish (Watermarked paper) 166g $0.55
$0.45
(i) With no watermark and white gum 166g1 $0.70
$0.70
(ii) With no watermark and blue gum 166g2 $1.80
6c Seahorse (Watermarked paper) 166h $0.70
$0.45
(i) With no watermark and white gum 166h1 $1.80
$0.90
(ii) With no watermark and blue gum 166h2 $1.80
7c Leather Jacket Fish (Watermarked paper) 166i $0.70
$0.45
(i) With no watermark and white gum 166i1 $5.40
$3.60
(ii) With no watermark and blue gum 166i2 $6.75
7½c Garfish (Watermarked paper) 166j $0.90
$0.90
8c John Dory (Watermarked paper) 166k $0.80
$0.45
(i) With no watermark 166k1 $4.50
$3.60
10c New Zealand Coat of Arms / Queen Elizabeth II (Watermarked paper) 166l $0.90
$0.45
(i) With no watermark and white gum 166l1 $0.70
$0.45
(ii) With no watermark and blue gum 166l2 $0.70
15c Maori Fish Hook (Watermarked paper) 166m $2.70
$0.45
(i) With no watermark 166m1 $0.55
$0.45
18c Maori War Club (Watermarked paper) 166n $3.15
$0.65
(i) With no watermark 166n1 $0.70
$0.45
20c Maori Moko / Tattoo (Watermarked paper) 166o $3.15
$0.60
(i) With no watermark and white gum 166o1 $1.35
(ii) With no watermark and blue gum 166o2 $0.80
$0.45
23c Egmont National Park (No watermark) 166p $1.00
$0.45
(i) With no watermark and blue gum 166p1 $0.90
25c Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park (No watermark) Perf 13¼ x 13½ 166q $2.25
$0.70
(i) Perf 14 166q1 $0.90
$0.45
30c Mount Cook National Park (No watermark) Perf 13¼ x 13½ 166r $1.35
$0.55
(i) Perf 14 166r1 $3.60
$2.70
50c Abel Tasman National Park (No watermark) 166s $1.60
$0.55
(i) With no watermark and blue gum 166s1 $1.60
$1 Geothermal Power Generation (No watermark) 166t $3.60
$0.70
$2 Agricultural Technology (No watermark) 166u $7.20
$3.60
Set of 21 166v $31.60
$13.40
75c Booklet of nine 1 cent, six 3 cent and twelve 4 cent stamps - watermarked (Issued 1971) Sewn 166wa $31.50
... Twenty seven Stamps : 1c (166b x 9), 3c (166e x 6), 4c (166f x 12)
75c Booklet of nine 1 cent, six 3 cent and twelve 4 cent stamps - unwatermarked (Issued 1973 or 1974) Sewn 166wb $19.80
... Twenty seven Stamps : 1c (166b x 9), 3c (166e x 6), 4c (166f x 12)
$1 Booklet of ten 10 cent stamps (Issued 1977) 166wc $16.20
... Ten Stamps : 10c (166l x 10)
First Day Cover - 12 March 1970 166xa $4.50
... 10c (166l)
First Day Cover - 2 September 1970 166xb $4.50
... ½c (166a), 1c (166b), 2c (166c), 2½c (166d), 3c (166e), 4c (166f)
First Day Cover - 4 November 1970 166xc $4.50
... 5c (166g), 6c (166h), 7c (166i), 7½c (166j), 8c (166k)
First Day Cover - 20 January 1971 166xd $4.50
... 15c (166m), 18c (166n), 20c (166o)
First Day Cover - 14 April 1971 166xe $9.00
... $1 (166t), $2 (166u)
First Day Cover - 1 September 1971 166xf $4.50
... 25c (166q), 30c (166r), 50c (166s)
First Day Cover - 1 December 1971 166xg $4.50
... 23c (166p)

Planning for the 1970 definitives began in 1968 with a two stage competition to first select a group of designers who were then commissioned to complete full designs for the issue, with the final stamps picked from that selection.

The half, one and two cent abstract moths were designed by Miss Enid Hunter. The rest of the moths and the fish stamps up to the seven cent stamp by Miss Eileen Mayo. D.B. Stevenson designed the 7½ and 8 cent stamps.

The 2½ cent stamps were surcharged in 1971 when postal rates increased and are listed under the 1971 Provisionals issue. The 3 and 4 cent stamps were surcharged in 1977 and are listed under the 1977 Postafix Provisionals issue.



The 10, 15, 25, 30 cent, $1 and $2 stamps were designed by Mark Cleverley. The 23 and 50 cent stamps were designed by M V Askew and the 18 and 20 cent designs were by Enid Hunter again. The one and two dollar stamps were printed by Courvoisier in Switzerland and it is an unusual characteristic of their printing process that fibres are embedded on the gum side of the stamps.
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