1940 Centennial Official Issue

The ½d, 1d, 1½d, 2d, 2½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 8d, 9d and 1s values of the Centennial Issue was issued overprinted Official on the same date as the unoverprinted stamps. (On 2 January 1940, except for 8d which was on 8 March.)

This was the first time that commemmorative stamps had been overprinted Official.

half penny 1d pennyhalfpenny

two pence twopencehalfpenny three pence

four pence six pence

seven pence 1/- nine pence

The total numbers overprinted Official are given below. The 5d and 7d were not overprinted.

dot ½d: 1,082,760 dot 1d: 3,452,880 dot 1½d: 361,200 dot 2d: 6,960,360

dot 2½d: 241,600 dot 3d: 904,200 dot 4d: 481,200 dot 6d: 661,200

dot 8d: 240,840 dot 9d: 241,200 dot 1/-: 372,840

Official ff variety

seven pence


seven pence

ff joined

With the ½d, 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d and 8d values, a variety occurs at row 1/10 in which the ff is joined while normally there is a gap between.

This variety initially occurred at row 4/3 in the 2½d value. The forme used for overprinting the 2½d value contained 160 stereos and one stereo, by mistake, was the same as that used for overprinting the second pictorial in which the ff is joined. A single forme was used for overprinting all the other stamps (except the 1/-) and, as it became worn, a new forme was created using the stereos from the 2½d value and that included the one with the ff joined. This was noticed fairly quickly and so not many sheets include this error.

half pence ff 1d ff 2d ff

The ff variety in pair with normal

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The above information is taken from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol 2, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand in 1950. All scans were made by the author.