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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

New Zealand Generic Series

This series features general views of both the North and South Islands. For booklets containing stamps showing views of a single island, see NGE for the North Island generic series, and SGE for the South Island generic series

45c stamps with "New Zealand Mail" logo, small size, Australian printings

These stamps appear to have been issued in rolls and without serial numbers. This first issue is produced in a style normally seen in self-adhesive roll stamps printed in Australia: the corners are blunt; and the lettering is solid white (or black) without a frame line.

These stamps do not show an imprint date, but the earliest postmark date reported to me on this issue is 14th February, 2006.

ZGE120 ZGE121 ZGE122 ZGE123
ZGE120 ZGE121 ZGE122 ZGE123
Northland Huka Falls, Taupo Whangarei Mount Taranaki
ZGE124 ZGE125 ZGE126 ZGE127
ZGE124 ZGE125 ZGE126 ZGE127
Auckland Hastings Hamilton Mount Maunganui
ZGE128 ZGE129 ZGE130 ZGE131
ZGE128 ZGE129 ZGE130 ZGE131
Rotorua Wellington Nelson West Coast
ZGE132 ZGE133 ZGE134 ZGE135
ZGE132 ZGE133 ZGE134 ZGE135
Kaikoura Franz Josef Glacier Avon River, Christchurch Queenstown
ZGE136 ZGE137 ZGE138 ZGE139
ZGE136 ZGE137 ZGE138 ZGE139
Timaru Milford Sound Railway station, Dunedin Tree, Catlins
Series Month Notes ZGE B12 ZGE120 ZGE121 ZGE122 ZGE123 ZGE124 ZGE125 ZGE126 ZGE127 ZGE128 ZGE129
a  No imprint  Rolls include all 20 designs  ?   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 
        ZGE130 ZGE131 ZGE132 ZGE133 ZGE134 ZGE135 ZGE136 ZGE137 ZGE138 ZGE139
a  No imprint  Continued from previous row    none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 

I have seen slight variations in the size of the glossy layer overprinted on these stamps. Neither of these varieties is uncommon, and I have also seen some stamps apparently with intermediate variations.


45c stamps with "New Zealand Mail" logo, small size, Dunedin printings

These stamps, as with the previous issue, appear to have been issued in rolls and without serial numbers. This second issue is produced in a style normally seen in self-adhesive roll stamps printed by Southern Colour Print, Dunedin: the corners are sharp; and the lettering also differs from the previous issue in that it is in white lettering with a black frame. Some designs have been redrawn, and one (Mount Maunganui), completely replaced (by Cathedral Cove).

These stamps do not show an imprint date, but the earliest postmark date reported to me on this issue is 26th October, 2006.

ZGE160 ZGE161 ZGE162 ZGE163
ZGE160 ZGE161 ZGE162 ZGE163
Northland Huka Falls, Taupo Whangarei Mount Taranaki
ZGE164 ZGE165 ZGE166 ZGE167
ZGE164 ZGE165 ZGE166 ZGE167
Auckland Hastings Hamilton Cathedral Cove
ZGE168 ZGE169 ZGE170 ZGE171
ZGE168 ZGE169 ZGE170 ZGE171
Rotorua Wellington Nelson West Coast
ZGE172 ZGE173 ZGE174 ZGE175
ZGE172 ZGE173 ZGE174 ZGE175
Kaikoura Franz Josef Glacier Avon River, Christchurch Queenstown
ZGE176 ZGE177 ZGE178 ZGE179
ZGE176 ZGE177 ZGE178 ZGE179
Timaru Milford Sound Railway station, Dunedin Tree, Catlins
Series Month Notes ZGE B16 ZGE160 ZGE161 ZGE162 ZGE163 ZGE164 ZGE165 ZGE166 ZGE167 ZGE168 ZGE169
b  No imprint  Rolls include all 20 designs  ?   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 
        ZGE170 ZGE171 ZGE172 ZGE173 ZGE174 ZGE175 ZGE176 ZGE177 ZGE178 ZGE179
b  No imprint  Continued from previous row    none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 

$2 stamps, large size

I have been able to find very little information about this series. These stamps appear to have been printed on cards, not booklets, and may show additional minor varieties similar to those seen on other stamps printed on cards. Previously separate issues for the North and South Islands had been listed, but now it seems that series for both islands were issued in tandem; and some designs have not been seen even in any advertising. This listing is temporary, and is based on the original North Island listing. However, advertising I have seen shows both the Cathedral Cove stamp and the Mount Maunganui stamp, but am unable to give details of when the design was replaced. Any additional information which could improve this listing is welcomed.

ZGE200 ZGE201 ZGE202
ZGE200 ZGE201 ZGE202
Northland Huka Falls, Taupo Whangarei
ZGE203 ZGE204 ZGE205
ZGE203 ZGE204 ZGE205
Mount Taranaki Auckland Hastings
ZGE206 ZGE207 ZGE227
ZGE206 ZGE207 ZGE227
Hamilton Mount Maunganui Cathedral Cove
ZGE208 ZGE209
ZGE208 ZGE209
Rotorua Wellington
Series Month Notes ZGE B20 ZGE200 ZGE201 ZGE202 ZGE203 ZGE204 ZGE205 ZGE206 ZGE207 ZGE208 ZGE209
d  03/06  Earliest known printing at $2 rate.      0837     0839     0841       0835   0845 
      ZGE B22               ZGE227    
k  01/08  Type ZGE207 replaced by Type ZGE227      0837     0839     0841     1107   0835   0845 

This is another temporary listing, based on the original South Island listing. Any additional information which could improve this listing is welcomed.

ZGE210 ZGE211
ZGE210 ZGE211
Nelson West Coast
ZGE212 ZGE232 ZGE213
ZGE212 ZGE232 ZGE213
Kaikoura (incorrectly inscribed "West Coast") Kaikoura (inscribed "Kaikoura") Franz Josef Glacier
ZGE214 ZGE215 ZGE216
ZGE214 ZGE215 ZGE216
Avon River, Christchurch Queenstown Timaru
ZGE217 ZGE218 ZGE219
SGE217 SGE218 SGE219
Milford Sound Railway station, Dunedin Tree, Catlins
Series Month Notes ZGE B21 ZGE210 ZGE211 ZGE212 ZGE213 ZGE214 ZGE215 ZGE216 ZGE217 ZGE218 ZGE219
d  03/06  Earliest known printing at $2 rate.    ?   ?   ?   ?   ?   ?   0842   ?   ?   ? 
      ZGE B23     ZGE232              
k  01/08  Type ZGE232 replaces Type ZGE212        0838   0846     0840   0842       0844 

$2 stamps, normal size

I have only seen this series issued as a booklet showing scenes of both the North and the South Islands. The design numbers are out of order so that they match other series of similar design.

ZGE251 ZGE262
ZGE251 ZGE262
Huka Falls, Taupo Kaikoura
ZGE253 ZGE265 ZGE255
ZGE253 ZGE265 ZGE255
Mount Taranaki Queenstown Hastings
ZGE266 ZGE257 ZGE269
ZGE266 ZGE257 ZGE269
Timaru Cathedral Cove Tree, Catlins
ZGE259 ZGE263
ZGE259 ZGE263
Wellington Franz Josef Glacier
Series Month Notes ZGE B25 ZGE251 ZGE262 ZGE253 ZGE265 ZGE255 ZGE266 ZGE257 ZGE269 ZGE259 ZGE263
f  09/08  Earliest known printing at normal size  NZM NZ200   0837   0838   0839   0840   0841   0842   0843   0844   0845   0846 

50c stamps, small size

These stamps appear to have been issued in rolls and without serial numbers. This issue is produced in a style normally seen in self-adhesive roll stamps printed by Southern Colour Print, Dunedin. In the original issue, the corners are sharp and the die-cuts deep; but in issues from late 2008 onwards the corners were blunter and the die-cuts shallower.

These stamps do not show an imprint date, but the earliest postmark date reported to me on this issue is 15th June, 2007. I first saw a stamp with shallower die-cuts in September, 2008, but the earliest postmark I have seen on such a stamp was 19 October, 2008

ZGE300 ZGE301 ZGE302 ZGE303
ZGE300 ZGE301 ZGE302 ZGE303
Northland Huka Falls, Taupo Whangarei Mount Taranaki
ZGE304 ZGE305 ZGE306 ZGE307
ZGE304 ZGE305 ZGE306 ZGE307
Auckland Hastings Hamilton Cathedral Cove
ZGE308 ZGE309 ZGE310 ZGE311
ZGE308 ZGE309 ZGE310 ZGE311
Rotorua Wellington Nelson West Coast
ZGE312 ZGE313 ZGE314 ZGE315
ZGE312 ZGE313 ZGE314 ZGE315
Kaikoura Franz Josef Glacier Avon River, Christchurch Queenstown
ZGE316 ZGE317 ZGE318 ZGE319
ZGE316 ZGE317 ZGE318 ZGE319
Timaru Milford Sound Railway station, Dunedin Tree, Catlins
Series Month Notes ZGE B30 ZGE300 ZGE301 ZGE302 ZGE303 ZGE304 ZGE305 ZGE306 ZGE307 ZGE308 ZGE309
a  No imprint  Rolls include all 20 designs  ?   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 
        ZGE310 ZGE311 ZGE312 ZGE313 ZGE314 ZGE315 ZGE316 ZGE317 ZGE318 ZGE319
a  No imprint  Continued from previous row    none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 
      ZGE B30 ZGE300 ZGE301 ZGE302 ZGE303 ZGE304 ZGE305 ZGE306 ZGE307 ZGE308 ZGE309
b  No imprint  Shallower die-cuts and blunter corners.
See Appendix 1
 ?   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 
        ZGE310 ZGE311 ZGE312 ZGE313 ZGE314 ZGE315 ZGE316 ZGE317 ZGE318 ZGE319
b  No imprint  Continued from previous row    none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none   none 

Appendix 1

During 2008, the die-cut pattern was changed so that the corners were blunter and the die-cuts shallower. These enlargements show the difference between types.

ZGE300_19a.jpg ZGE300_19b.jpg
First type Second type
(Enlargement)
Note deeper die-cuts and sharper corners
(Enlargement)
Note shallower die-cuts and blunter corners

$1.80 stamps

ZGE400 ZGE401
ZGE400 ZGE401
Lighthouse, Cape Reinga Sky Tower, Auckland
ZGE402 ZGE403 ZGE404
ZGE402 ZGE403 ZGE404
Farmland, Waikato Carving, Lake Taupo Cathedral and tram, Christchurch
ZGE405 ZGE406 ZGE407
ZGE405 ZGE406 ZGE407
Harbour, Wellington Lake Wakatipu Moeraki Boulders
ZGE408 ZGE409
ZGE408 ZGE409
Mitre Peak, Milford Sound Queenstown
Series Month Notes ZGE B40 ZGE400 ZGE401 ZGE402 ZGE403 ZGE404 ZGE405 ZGE406 ZGE407 ZGE408 ZGE409
b  05/09  Earliest known printing at $1.80 rate.  NZ180   1690   1691   1692   1693   1694   1695   1696   1697   1698   1699 

$2.30 stamps

ZGE450 ZGE451
ZGE450 ZGE451
Auckland City Bay of Islands
ZGE452 ZGE453 ZGE454
ZGE452 ZGE453 ZGE454
Rotorua Huka Falls Wellington
ZGE455 ZGE456 ZGE457
ZGE455 ZGE456 ZGE457
Lake Taupo Cathedral, Christchurch Lake Te Anau
ZGE458 ZGE459
ZGE458 ZGE459
Queenstown
(Note that this design is reversed. This may be corrected in later printings.)
Mountains and lake, Fiordland
Series Month Notes ZGE B45 ZGE450 ZGE451 ZGE452 ZGE453 ZGE454 ZGE455 ZGE456 ZGE457 ZGE458 ZGE459
b  05/09  Earliest known printing at $2.30 rate.  NZ230   1700   1701   1702   1703   1704   1705   1706   1707   1708   1709