King George VI

George VI succeeded to the British throne following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, in 1936. Born on 14 December 1895, he was the second son of the future George V. In 1923 he married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

Issue information

A shy man, George VI struggled successfully to overcome a speech defect and won wide respect for his dedication and courage. During World War II, to encourage morale, he risked his life visiting war zones and recently bombed cities. He also created the George Cross for civilian gallantry, awarding it to the people of Malta for heroism under air attack. The King's frail health was weakened, and his life probably shortened, by his determination to carry on with his public duties despite serious illness. He died on 6 February 1952, and was succeeded by his elder daughter, Elizabeth II.

The stamp printers developed the stamp design from a photograph of the King by Dorothy Wilding Portraits Ltd. The pence values were printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co., England, the frame having been designed by W.J. Cooch.  The shilling values were printed, and frame designed, by Thomas De La Rue & Co., England.

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 King George VI

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Image  Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1/2d 'Green' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 March 1938. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 1/2d 'Brown' gummed stamp.

Issued 10 July 1941. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Red' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 July 1938. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1d
Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Green' gummed stamp.

Issued 21 July 1941. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1d
Single Stamp

Single 1 1/2d 'Chocolate' gummed stamp.

His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 1 1/2d 'Red' gummed stamp.

1 February 1944.  His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 2d 'Yellow' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

2d
Single Stamp

Single 3d 'Blue' gummed stamp.

Issued 26 September 1941. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

3d
Single Stamp

Single 4d 'Purple' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

4d
Single Stamp

Single 5d 'Grey' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

5d
Single Stamp

Single 6d 'Red' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

6d
Single Stamp

Single 8d 'Violet' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

8d
Single Stamp

Single 9d 'Brown' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

9d
Single Stamp

Single 1s 'Red/brown' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1s
Single Stamp

Single 1s 3d 'Blue/Brown' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

1s 3d
Single Stamp

Single 2s 'Green/Brown' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

2s
Single Stamp

Single 3s 'Grey/Brown' gummed stamp.

Issued 1 May 1947. His Majesty George VI wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet.

3s

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 March 1938
Designers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England; Thomas De La Rue, England and W.J. Cooch, Wellington
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England and Thomas De La Rue, England
Stamp size: 1/2d - 9d: 20mm x 22mm;  1s, 1s 3d, 2s and 3s : 24mm x 27mm
Sheet size: Pence Values: Sheets of 240 stamps; Shilling Values:  Sheets of 160; Booklets of 1/2d, 1d and 11/2d stamps
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 1/2d - 9d: 14 x 13.5; 1s - 3s : 14
Paper type: Wiggins Teape 'Esparto' and 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark; St Cuthbert's 'Esparto' and 'Royal Cypher', multiple NZ and star watermark