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1991 Butterfly Definitives

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1991 Butterfly Definitives
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
$1 Forest Ringlet / Dodonidia Helmsii (Leigh-Mardon) Perf 14¼ 346a $1.80
$1.80
(i) With Airmail Tab (Southern Colour Print) Perf 14 x 14½ (Issued 1 September 1995) 346a1 $7.20
$7.20
(ii) (House of Questa) Perf 13¾ x 14¼ (Issued October 1996) 346a2 $3.60
$3.60
$2 Southern Blue / Zizina Otis Oxleyi (Leigh-Mardon) Perf 14¼ 346b $3.60
$3.60
(i) (House of Questa) Perf 13¾ x 14¼ (Issued October 1996) 346b1 $36.00
$36.00
$3 Yellow Admiral / Bassaris Itea (Leigh-Mardon) Perf 14¼ 346c $5.40
$5.40
(i) (House of Questa) Perf 13¾ x 14¼ (Issued August 1996) 346c1 $36.00
$36.00
$4 Common Copper / Lycaena Salustius (Leigh-Mardon) Perf 14¼ (Issued 25 January 1995) 346d $7.20
$7.20
(i) (House of Questa) Perf 13¾ x 14¼ (Issued October 1997) 346d1 $8.10
$8.10
(ii) (Southern Colour Print) Perf 14 (Issued April 2008) 346d2 $8.10
$8.10
$5 Red Admiral / Bassaris Gonerilla (Leigh-Mardon) Perf 14¼ (Issued 25 January 1995) 346e $9.00
$9.00
(i) (House of Questa) Perf 13¾ x 14¼ (Issued September 1996) 346e1 $9.90
$9.90
Set of 5 346f $25.65
$25.65
$5 Booklet of five $1 stamps - Experimental Airmail Stamps (Issued 1 September 1995) 346g $36.00
... Five Stamps : $1 (346a1 x 5)
First Day Cover - 6 November 1991 346h $10.80
... $1 (346a), $2 (346b), $3 (346c)
First Day Cover - 25 January 1995 346i $16.20
... $4 (346d), $5 (346e)
First Day Cover - 1 September 1995 346j $8.10
... $1 (346a1)

The butterfly definitive stamps were initially printed by Leigh-Mardon Pty Ltd. The House of Questa later reprinted the issue and these stamps may be distinguished by the differing perforations on the top and bottom edges of the stamps although the $1, $2 and $4 stamps also vary in size. The $5 stamp was not issued until January 1995.

The House of Questa stamps are incorrectly listed as being Perf 13¾ x 14 in at least two other highly regarded catalogues when they are in fact 13¾ x 14¼. Volume X of the Postage Stamps of New Zealand (by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand) confirms that 13¾ x 14¼ is in fact correct.



Southern Colour Print produced a trial AirPost booklet with AirPost labels se-tenant to the top of the stamps. The bottom edge of stamps from the booklet are imperforate. Southern Colour Print also reprinted the $4 stamp and these stamps can also be distinguished by differing perforations.

The stamps also appeared on one of the two 1991 Philanippon miniature sheets.
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