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Generic Series

ANI - Animals Series

CAD - Cats and Dogs Series

XMA - Christmas Series

ROS - Roses Series

NGE - North Island Generic Series

SGE - South Island Generic Series

ZGE - New Zealand Generic Series

Regional Series

NLD - Northland Series

AKL - Auckland Series

HOW - Howick Village Series

FRC - Franklin Country Series

HUN - Huntly Series

WKT - Waikato Series

HAM - Hamilton Series

CAM - Cambridge Series

OTO - Otorohanga Series

WTO - Waitomo Series

NPL - New Plymouth Series

HAW - Hawera Series

COR - Coromandel Series

BOP - Bay of Plenty Series

ROT - Rotorua Series

TAU - Taupo Series

WRA - Wairoa Series

HAB - Hawkes Bay Series

EKE - Eketahuna Series

TAR - Tararua Country Series

HUV - Hutt Valley Series

WLG - Wellington Series

NEL - Nelson Series

PIC - Picton Series

BUL - Buller Series

WLD - Westland Series

HAS - Hanmer Springs Series

KAI - Kaikoura Series

CHC - Christchurch Series

ASH - Ashburton District Series

GER - Geraldine Series

CSI - Central South Island Series

WNK - Wanaka Series

AWT - Arrowtown Series

QTN - Queenstown Series

QAW - Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka Combined Series

COT - Central Otago Series

DUN - Dunedin Series

GOR - Gore Series

SLD - Southland Series

Advertising Series

BCH - Beach Hop Series

FSA - Food Safety Series

MAM - Maritime Museum Series

QLT - Quilting Series

RES - Resene Series

Central Otago Series

The Central Otago series advertises Tourism Central Otago, http://www.centralotagonz.com/.

45c stamps

COT120 COT121
COT120 COT121
Big Fruit sculpture, Cromwell Poolburn Dam
COT122 COT123 COT124
COT122 COT123 COT124
Orchard in spring Aerial view of orchards Bannockburn
COT125 COT126
COT125 COT126
"Autumn Colours" Old Cromwell Town historic precinct
COT127 COT128 COT129
COT127 COT128 COT129
Lake Dunstan Curling in the Maniototo Orchard in summer
Series Month Notes COT B12 COT120 COT121 COT122 COT123 COT124 COT125 COT126 COT127 COT128 COT129
b  09/05  Earliest known printing at 45c rate  NZM 0047   0857   0858   0859   0860   0861   0862   0863   0864   0865   0866 
c  10/05  Changed serial numbers  NZM 0047   0956   0957   0958   0959   0960   0961   0962   0963   0964   0965 
e  12/05  Serial numbers changed again  NZM 0047   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
g(1)  03/06     NZM 0047   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
g(2)  03/06  Designs redrawn with face value
closer to edge of design.
See Appendix 1.
 NZM 0047   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
g(3)  03/06  Variant types. See Appendix 2  NZM 0047   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
p(1)  11/06  Reversion to older types  NZM 0047   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
p(2)  11/06  Designs again redrawn with face
value closer to edge of design.
See Appendix 1.
 NZM 0047   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 

Appendix 1

Some stamps of the March 2006 and November 2006 printings each exist in two types, with those I presume to be of the second type showing the face value closer to the edge of the stamp. The font size of the www.centralotagonz.com logo is also shorter and flatter in the second type.

COT121g
COT121g
(Enlargement)

Note that the face value is distant from the upper margin in the first type, and close to the upper margin in the second type.

Note also that the only stamps I have seen of the first type from the November 2006 printing are examples of a stamp which I have not seen from the first type of the March 2006 printing. It is possible that there was only one booklet, with a combination of dates in the stamps contained within it, but until I have an example of the booklet itself to check I can not confirm this.

Appendix 2

All stamps of the second major type of the March 2006 imprint date exist in two very slightly different varieties, which could indicate a second printing. These differences are listed below. All illustrations on the upper or left hand side of each comparison image are from the same booklet of stamps; those on the lower or right hand side are variant types I have identified. However, until such time as I obtain an example of the booklet which contains these alternate varieties, I am unable to definitely confirm that these are the only variant types of these stamps in existence.

COT120g COT121g
COT120g COT121g
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of web address from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of company logo from right side margin
COT122g COT123g COT124g
COT122g COT123g COT124g
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of company logo from right side margin
(Enlargement)
Note minor differences in distance of letter "c" of "45c", web address and company logo from margins
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of company logo from lower margin
COT125g COT126g
COT125g COT126g
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of company logo from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note difference in placement of design within the margins, most obviously to the right of the "c" of "45c"
COT127g COT128g COT129g
COT127g COT128g COT129g
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of company logo from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note difference in placement of design within the margins, most obviously in the distance of the face value from the mountains
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of "c" of "45c" from hillside

50c stamps

COT130 COT131
COT130 COT131
Big Fruit sculpture, Cromwell Poolburn Dam
COT132 COT133 COT134
COT132 COT133 COT134
Orchard in spring Aerial view of orchards Bannockburn
COT135 COT136
COT135 COT136
"Autumn Colours" Old Cromwell Town historic precinct
COT137 COT138 COT139
COT137 COT138 COT139
Lake Dunstan Curling in the Maniototo Orchard in summer
Series Month Notes COT B13 COT130 COT131 COT132 COT133 COT134 COT135 COT136 COT137 COT138 COT139
b  04/07  Earliest known printing at 50c rate.
See note about variant types
 NZM 0134   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
d  09/07     NZM 0134   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
f  09/08     NZM 0134   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
h(1)  11/08     NZM 0134   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
h(2)  11/08  Variant types. See Appendix 3  NZM 0134   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
j  03/09     NZM 0134   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 
k  06/09     NZM 0134   0657   0658   0659   0660   0661   0662   0663   0664   0665   0666 

Note: Minor varieties exist on all stamps of the 04/07 imprint date, in that the black printing of the serial number and printing date varies in intensity between a murky greyish black and an intense deep black. These stamps do appear to be from two separate printings, as there are also very slight differences in the details of the designs; however, these are difficult to detect, even under a powerful magnifier. I would assume that the intense deep black printing would be the later printing, as most earlier printings show the serial number in murky greyish black, and most later printings show the serial number in intense deep black.

Appendix 3

All stamps of the November 2008 imprint date exist in two very slightly different varieties, which could indicate a second printing. I do not have a complete booklet of either printing of these stamps, but the later printing coincided with a general brightening of the designs themselves, with the earlier printings being noticeably darker in parts; so I have assumed that stamps from the darker printing are the earlier ones. This brightening seems to have been achieved by substantially reducing the intensity of the black ink in the printing, as shown most clearly by the company logo. All illustrations on the upper or left hand side of each comparison image are from the darker printing; those on the lower or right hand side are from the brighter printing. Other differences in design, where visible, are annotated below.

COT130h COT131h
COT130h COT131h
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of company logo from right side margin
(Enlargement)
COT132h COT133h COT134h
COT132h COT133h COT134h
(Enlargement) (Enlargement) (Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of web address and company logo from lower margin
COT135h COT136h
COT135h COT136h
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of "c" of "50c" from right side margin, and of web address and company logo from lower margin
(Enlargement)
COT137h COT138h COT139h
COT137h COT138h COT139h
(Enlargement) (Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of web address from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note difference in distance of company logo and "c" of "50c" from right side margin

Undenominated stamps

These stamps, inscribed "Kiwi", are permanently valid for the basic internal postal rate within New Zealand. This rate was 50c when the stamps were first issued, rising to 60c on 1st October, 2010.

COT140 COT141
COT140 COT141
Big Fruit sculpture, Cromwell Poolburn Dam
COT142 COT143 COT144
COT142 COT143 COT144
Orchard in spring Aerial view of orchards Bannockburn
COT145 COT146
COT145 COT146
"Autumn Colours" Old Cromwell Town historic precinct
COT147 COT148 COT149
COT147 COT148 COT149
Lake Dunstan Curling in the Maniototo Orchard in summer
Series Month Notes COT B14 COT140 COT141 COT142 COT143 COT144 COT145 COT146 COT147 COT148 COT149
a  04/10  Earliest known undenominated printing  NZM 0232   1960   1961   1962   1963   1964   1965   1966   1967   1968   1969