Originally there was no charge for newspapers forwarded through the post for delivery within New Zealand. A rate of 1d was, however, imposed in 1864 but the measure met with such opposition that fee was dropped the following year.
1d rate on newspapers was again reintroduced in 1867 and continued until a reduction in the price to 1/2d on 1 January 1873. In conjunction with the reduction in price a special stamp was issued for payment of this fee.
The stamp design was completed by John Davies the Government Printer who based his design on that of a contemporary 1/2d stamp of Great Britain. A woodblock die was carved in Melbourne, Australia, and electrotypes produced from it by W H Kirk in Wellington.
Printings continued of this stamp over a period of 22 years.
Rose - 1/2 d
Side face view of Queen Victoria.
|Date of issue:||1 January 1873|
|Designers:||John Davies, Government Printer|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, Wellington|
|Stamp size:||23mm x 20mm|
|Sheet size:||240 stamps per sheet|
|Process:||Surface printed - Typography|
|Perforation gauge:||A rotary machine gauging 10 and the line machine gauging 12.5 were originally used either together or separately to produce the perforations, later printings were perforated nearly 12 and 12.5|
|Paper type:||De La Rue, NZ watermark and star watermark; Paper watermarked with a six-rayed irregular star|