1903 Express Delivery

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1903 Express Delivery
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6d Fern leaves 17a $180.00
First Day Cover - 9 February 1903 17b $2,160.00
… 6d (17a)
At the beginning of 1901, a delivery service by special messenger was established. Any mail using the service would be delivered by special messenger as soon as the item arrived in the destination office. The 6d fee covered by this stamp was in addition to the regular postage rate.

A special stamp based on an American design was issued in 1903 to promote the service which was not compulsory. However, fewer than ten thousand express deliveries were made per year and the initial print run lasted fr 23 years.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand (Volume I)
Edited by R. J. G. Collins and H. T. M. Fathers B.A. B.Sc.
Published 1938 by The Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
Pages 424 - 429, 592
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