Decimal Arms Postage Fiscals

In 1929 H L Richardson of Wellington, who designed the George V stamp series was commissioned to design a new set of 'Duty' stamps.

Issue information

His design incorporated the New Zealand Coat of Arms, however because of the confined space he depicted his own interpretation of the subject, which varied considerably from the version authorised by Royal Warrant in 1911. An error was made in the design whereby the New Zealand flag is depicted instead of the Union Jack. Numerous denominations of this single design were issued in the years 1931 - 67. A new set of four were reprinted in July 1967 with the introduction of decimal currency.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 43 in May 1967.

Acknowledgments: 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/

Product Listing for Decimal Arms Postage Fiscals

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single $4.00 'Violet' gummed stamp. $4.00
Single Stamp Single $6.00 'Green' gummed stamp. $6.00
Single Stamp Single $8.00 'Pale Blue' gummed stamp. $8.00
Single Stamp Single $10.00 'Dark Blue' gummed stamp. $10.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 10 July 1967
Designers: H L Richardson, Wellington
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 25mm x 28mm
Sheet size: 80 stamps per sheet
Process: Surface printed - Typography
Performance gauge: 14
Paper type: Wiggins Teape and Alex. Pire Ltd, NZ and star watermark; Later printings of the top three values were on unwatermarked paper