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Halfpenny

The ½d was first issued on 1 May 1935 perforated 14x13½. There were a double plate with two panes numbered 1A and 1B each with 240 stamps. Stamps on multiple watermarked paper from the same plate was issued on 20 March 1936. The sheets were in 10 rows of 24.

A plate with unnumbered panes was produced in 1936. A further plate were produced in 1937. Again the panes were numbered 1A and 1B, but the numbers were much larger.

plate 1A

plate 1B

The example plate blocks have small numbers. The plate 1B block above is on single watermarked paper and the perforations are from right to left as the holes extend into the left margin. The plate 1A block is on multiple watermarked paper and the perforation is from left to right [1].

clematis flaw

Clematis flaw

normal

Normal

In R 8/1 on plate with small 1A, there is the flaw known as the Clematis flaw and can be seen in the above block. It is in the centre of the clematis above the back of the bird. It first appeared on late printings on single watermarked paper.

official

Stamps with multiple watermark overprinted Official were issued in July 1937. They were printed from the unnumbered plates.

The ½d was withdrawn on 28 February 1938 and the remaining stamps destroyed.

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The above information is taken from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol 1 and 2 published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1938 and 1950. All scans were made by the author.
[1] L Savins, The Engraved 1935 Pictorial Definitive Stamps of New Zealand and the Directions of their Comb Perforations, The New Zealand Stamp Collector, vol 89, no 2, pp 52 - 62, June 2009, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand .