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The Stamps and Postal History

The first stamps of New Zealand were issued on 20 July 1855. They are known as the “Chalons” after the Alfred Chalon painting of the young Queen which inspired the central design. This wonderful series continued with many changes to perforations, paper, watermarks and inks until 1873. It was a triumph of the engravers art and printers cunning utilising as it did not just the portrait but also the circular engine-turned background from the first stamps of Chile, Nova Scotia and South Australia. Also the radiating spandrels outside of the central vignette which were taken from a banknote design and the same Chilean stamp.


The later Victorian portrait stamps are often referred to as the ‘Sideface’ issues and are enjoyed by stamp collectors seeking to find examples of the many different perforation combinations available, also in 1893 commercial adverts were printed on the reverse of stamps and these are highly collectible. In 1898 an innovative set of pictorial designs were issued showing New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes and this set the scene for a generation of high quality engraved designs which were New Zealand’s own and not shared elsewhere.


The ‘Health’ charity fund stamps were a unique innovation which began in the 1920s and continues today, the most famous being the 1931 “Smiling Boy” set. The Postal Fiscals also set New Zealand apart with fiscal stamps being authorised for use as postage from 1882 to recent times, these often appear very different to ‘regular’ postage stamps and care must be taken by collectors of used stamps to obtain examples with postal cancellations.

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  • Lot 893 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    NIUE - 1920 6d lower right cnr IMPERF PLATE PROOF PAIR,SG 42var,unused,2
  • Lot 894 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £20 - £25

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    NIUE - 1932-36 1d black & deep lake, SG 63, complete NHM SHEET of 80
  • Lot 895 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    NIUE - 1938 1s black & violet, SG 75, NHM top left corner BLOCK of 4
  • Lot 896 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    NIUE - 2014 Views set, SG 1121/28, NHM corner IMPRINT BLOCKS of 4 (32)
  • Lot 2886 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £125 - £150

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    NIUE - 1902 ½d green Mount Cook, perf. 14, SURCHARGE INVERTED, SG 3b, heavily hinged mint.
  • Lot 2887 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £110 - £120

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    NIUE - 1903 1s bright red Bird, SG 16, fine mint block of four.
  • Lot 2888 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £500 - £600

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    NIUE - 1917 1d carmine, NO STOP AFTER 'PENI' in pair with normal, SG 21a, one toned perf, otherwise very fine mint with lightest of hinge marks.
  • Lot 2889 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £600 - £625

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    NIUE - 1917 3d chocolate, horizontal pair, one no stop after Pene, SG 22a, fine mint.
  • Lot 2890 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £80 - £90

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    NIUE - 1920 6d Pictorial VIGNETTE ONLY IMPERF PROOFS (SG 42 var), never hinged mint right marginal BLOCK of 4. Fresh & attractive display item. (4 proofs)
  • Lot 2955 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £700 - £800

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    PENRHYN - 1902 1d carmine, thin hard 'Basted Mills' paper, perf compound of 11 and 14, surcharged in brown, SG 6, mint with part original gum. With 2002 Brandon certificate.

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