Immediately following the cessation of World War I in November 1918 a
request was made to issue a set of stamps commemorating the declaration of
peace. The designs were intended to be imperial rather than national with a
modest indication of country of origin.
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The stamps were designed and
manufactured in London, and were available for sale in London three months
before the issue was released in New Zealand. Some New Zealand collectors
received copies of the stamps from British stamp dealers before the Post
Office had released the issue. This caused sufficient commotion that a
decision was made to in future not sell issues abroad.
printed were in the millions and the stamps continued in use as de facto
definitives for several years. In 1922, the ½d stamp (which had
little use after the postage rate for newspapers was increased to one penny
in 1920) was surcharged 'TWOPENCE' in red.
green stamp features the British Lion representing the British Empire with
the allegorical figure of Peace sitting with him.
The penny red
stamp also features the British Lion, this time standing with the
allegorical figure of Peace walking beside him.
The 1½d stamp
features a Maori Chief wearing the tail feathers of the now extinct Huia
and a Whakakai or ear pendant made from shark teeth.
The three penny
stamp features the British Lion again - this time one of the lions which
flank Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London. Trafalgar Square was
very familiar to New Zealand soldiers who fought in the war.
stamp shows 'Progress' attendant on the angel of Peace. The design
alluding to peaceful uses of knowledge and technology rather than the
horrific uses inflicted on soldiers in the trenches in the First World
The shilling stamp features King George V flanked by
traditional Maori carvings.
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