The 45 cent self-adhesive coil stamp design was introduced in July 1994.
The letter A represents the sender and B represents the recipient of the
mail. In June 1995 Leigh-Marden advised New Zealand Post that they were
withdrawing from the stamp printing business and an order was placed with
Sprintpak Pty Ltd to ensure supply continuity. The design was modified and
reissued in October 1995 when the standard inland postage letter rate
decreased to 40 cents.
Most of the 45
cent coils were printed by Leigh-Mardon Pty Ltd and the majority of the 40
cent stamps, introduced after the reduction in standard letter rate, by
Australia Post - Sprintpak. All four varieties are listed here - in all
bottom left and 386b1
is bottom right.
The stamps are most easily distinguished by checking for a dot above the
'i' in the slogan "people reaching people" - the dot is
missing on the Leigh-Mardon printed stamps.
Also, the 'w' in "new zealand" is more
magenta in the Sprintpak printings (it more closely matches the colour of
the rest of the word 'new'). The Australia Post-Sprintpak stamps
have blunt die-cut corners and are perf 11¼ for the 45 cent stamp
and perf 11½ for the 40 cent stamp - rather than perf 11 for the