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1977 Postafix Provisionals

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1977 Postafix Provisionals
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
7c Overprinted on 3 cent Lichen Moth 216a $0.65
$0.65
8c Overprinted on 4 cent Puriri Moth 216b $0.65
$0.65
Set of 2 216c $1.25
$1.25
First Day Cover - 18 April 1977 216d $135.00
... 7c (216a)
First Day Cover - 21 April 1977 216e $135.00
... 8c (216b)

With the introduction of the 1975 Pictorials / Definitives stamp issue, the Post Office found that the new stamps were too large to fit in automatic stamp-affixing machines - such as the Postafix machine by Data Link Co, California.

The 1978 Coil Stamps solved this problem, but as an interim solution, supplies of the 1970 Definitives / Pictorials 3 cent and 4 cent moth stamps were overprinted by the Government Printing Office with 7 cent and 8 cent denominations and made up into rolls of 400 stamps.

Some very crude forgeries of the 7 cent overprint were discovered by stamp collectors shortly after this issue was released - the intention apparently being to defraud the New Zealand Post Office of four cents revenue rather than fool collectors. They can be easily identified as the '7' surcharge is considerably smaller than on the valid stamp and the ink is dull compared to the gloss of the Post Office issue.
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