1954 Queen Elizabeth II Official
From the late 1940s, James Berry had proposed that Official Government
stamps should have their own design - along the lines of the Government
Life Insurance issues. James produced sample designs featuring native
flowers and eventually the New Zealand Post Office agreed but opted for a
simple design featuring the Queen's head. This made the 1954 Official
issue unique as the only issue designed specifically for government
department use. All previous Official stamps were over-prints of the then
current definitive or pictorial issue and this was the last New Zealand
Official issue. Stamps for general official purposes ceased altogether when
this issue was withdrawn in March 1965.
feature a side portrait of Queen Elizabeth II against a background pattern
of the letters 'NZ'. Close examination reveals James Berry's
skill as a master stamp designer and engraver.
The three shilling
stamp, which was used for parcels and the issuing of summonses, was only on
sale for two years and is relatively scarce.
If you have any questions or comments please contact us - we'd love to hear from you.
|The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume IV || Edited by R. J. G. Collins FRPSNZ and C.W. Watts FRPSNZ|| Published 1960 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated|
| Pages 344 - 347, 440 - 441|
|The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VI || Edited by D. E. G. Naish FRPSNZ and K. J. McNaught FRPSNZ FRPSL|| Publsihed 1975 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated|
| Pages 245 - 246|
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