1913 Auckland Exhibition

Inspired by the success of the 1906 Christchurch Exhibition the city of Auckland staged the 'Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition' between 1 December 1913 and 18 April 1914.

Issue information

On 29 October 1913, the Auckland Philatelic Society wrote to the Postmaster-General suggesting that an overprinted series of stamps be produced commemorating the exhibition. Approval was granted and on 11 November the Government Printer was instructed to overprint 1/2d, 3d and 6d 'Edward VII' stamps plus a quantity of 1d 'Dominion' with the inscription 'Auckland Exhibition, 1913'.

The stamps were only valid for postage purposes within New Zealand and to Australia.

Acknowledgments

New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue:

Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/

Product Listing for 1913 Auckland Exhibition

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1/2d 'Green Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Auckland Exhibition, 1913'.

1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Red Penny Dominion' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Auckland Exhibition, 1913'.

1d
Single Stamp

Single 3d 'Brown Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Auckland Exhibition, 1913'.

3d
Single Stamp

Single 6d 'Red Edward VII' gummed stamp.

Overprinted 'Auckland Exhibition, 1913'.

6d

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 December 1913
Designers: W R Royle and Sons, England and Guido Bach
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 20mm x 24mm
Sheet size: 1/2d and 1d: 240 stamps per sheet; 3d and 6d: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: 1/2d  and 1d: Surface printed - Typography; Other values: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 1/2d and 1d: 14 x 15; 3d and 6d: 14 x 14.5
Paper type: 1/2d and 1d: De La Rue, chalk surfaced; 3d and 6d: Cowan, unsurfaced, NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 18 April 1914.