Wednesday, July 18, 1855.
Imperforate, star watermark, engraved.
|Description||# printed||# issued||Scott #|
|London print. White paper.|
|1 penny dull carmine||12,000||?||1|
|2 pence deep blue||66,000||?||2|
|1 shilling yellow green||8,000||?||3|
|Auckland, New Zealand, print. No watermark, blued paper|
|November - December 1855.|
|1 penny dull carmine||29,016||?||4|
|2 pence deep blue||?||?||5|
|1 shilling yellow green||?||?||6|
The first stamps were printed in London, England and shipped along with the plates, such that production could be continued in New Zealand. The blueing of the paper on the London print is due to a chemical reaction between the paper and the ink. The one penny was not affected by this.
If you want to know more you should visit New Zealand Stamp Images. It's more than just pretty pictures.
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