1954 Queen Elizabeth II Officials

Because of the multiplicity of varieties of 'official' stamps produced in previous years by overprinting pictorial and commemorative stamps it was considered desirable on this occasion to produce a special set of "official" stamps.

Issue information

It was, however, considered desirable that such an issue of "official" stamps be quite distinctive in appearance from those used for ordinary correspondence. The stamp designs depicted an informal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II set against a background pattern made up of the letters "N" and "Z".

Acknowledgments

Historical Information

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/

Stamp Bulletin

Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 5 on 25 January 1954.

Product Listing for 1954 Queen Elizabeth II Officials

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 1d gummed stamp. 1d
Single Stamp Single 1 1/2d gummed stamp. 1 1/2d
Single Stamp Single 2d gummed stamp. 2d
Single Stamp Single 2 1/2d gummed stamp. 2 1/2d
Single Stamp Single 3d gummed stamp. 3d
Single Stamp Single 4d gummed stamp. 4d
Single Stamp Single 9d gummed stamp. 9d
Single Stamp Single 1s gummed stamp. 1s
Single Stamp Single 3s gummed stamp. 3s
Single Stamp Single 2 1/2d gummed stamp. 2 1/2d
Single Stamp Single 6d gummed stamp. 6d

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 March 1954
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp size: 20mm x 24mm
Sheet size: 240 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Paper type: Wiggins Teape 'Royal Cypher' and 'Esparto', multiple NZ and star watermark