New Zealand
Stamp Errors



1958 Hawkes Bay Centennial

S78a      3d Cape Kidnappers   (Normal) S78a?      3d Cape Kidnappers   Major Perforation Shift   (?????)

1959 Marlborough Centennial

S73az      8d Salt Industry   (Double Paper Reel Join, Vertical Strip Of Three)   ($1,000)
The paper is joined halfway through the top stamp resulting in double paper for the second and third stamps.

1962 Centenary Of The Telegraph In New Zealand

S88a      3d Morse Key   (Normal) S88a(z)      3d Morse Key   (Brown Colour Partially Omitted)   ($600) S88a(??)      3d Morse Key   (Perforation Shift Resulting In Two Different Sized Stamps)   ($500)
S88a(y)      3d Morse Key   (Green Colour Omitted on top stamp)   ($5,000)
The top two rows of a sheet were completely affected, with the third and forth rows partially affected.
It was caused by cylinder cleaning fluid preventing the ink from adhering.
Only 12 complete missing green exist.
The above image is from row 2, 3 & 4 of the sheet.
S88a(z)      3d Morse Key   (Brown Colour Partially Omitted)   ($600)

1962 Centenary Of The Telegraph In New Zealand

S89a      Normal S89a(w)      Red & Black Offset   ($500)
S89a(z)      Grey-Black Omitted on top stamp, partially on second   ($5,000)

1963 Centenary Of Railways In New Zealand

S90a      Normal S90a(z)      Blue Colour Omitted   ($1,500)

The error was caused by a dry print and affects the sky and the green of the left loco is now yellow, as is the grass in the foreground. Approximately 30 copies are known.

S91a      Normal S91a(z)      Red Colour Omitted   ($4,000)

Tom Pierron, in his online catalogue, states that a complete sheet of 120 stamps with the error existed originally, but the majority of stamps were stolen from dealers Bridger & Kay on 12 February 1964. It is believed the stolen copies were destroyed in panic as none bar the 16 examples from the top right of the sheet have ever surfaced.

S90a      Offset In All Colours   ($400) S91a      Offset In All Colours   ($700)

1965 Anzac 50th Anniversary 4d Anzac Cove

S94a      Normal S94a(v)      Blurred Print   ($500)

1965 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference 2s Wellington City

S102a      Normal S102a(z)      Red Colour Omitted   ($4,000)
A faint impression of the crossed regalia at upper left is invariably present.

1966 National Scout Jamboree

S103a(z)      Strip of 5 with the first stamp as normal, the next 3 with Gold Colour entirely missing, and the 5th stamp partially gold missing   ($10,000)

1969 New Zealand Law Society 3c Supreme Court, Auckland

S115a    Normal S115a(z)      Double Print of Blue   ($2,400)

1969 Bicentennial Of Captain Cook's Landing 4c Cook and Octant

S122a(y)      Pair Imperforate   ($975)

1972 Lakes

SS8a      Normal Sage-Green Frame SS8a(2)      Yellow-Olive Frame   ($1,000)

1973 Mountains

SS10a(z)      Imperf At Top With Selvedge   ($750)

1973 Six Commemoratives 4c Westport Centennial

S164a(x)      Dark Blue Overprinting, almost removing New Zealand & 4c from right hand stamps   ($400)

1973 Six Commemoratives 8c Olympic Rowers

S167a(z)      Gold Colour Doubled   ($200)

1974 New Zealand Day Miniature Sheet

MS186(z)      Grossly Mis-Guillotined   ($700)

1975 Four Commemoratives 5c Women's Year

S195a      Normal S195a(z)       Light Shade affecting Figures & Top Mountain Range   ($300)

1975 Forest Parks

SS19a      Normal SS19a(z)      Dark Blue Colour Omitted   ($500)

1977 AA and RACS

S218a      Normal Pair S218a(z)      Grey Colour Omitted (Lower Background)   ($1,500)

1977 Silver Jubilee

S220MS      Miniature Sheet, Normal
S220MS(y)      Miniature Sheet, Silver Colour Omitted. Only 4 Copies Known   ($3,000)
S220MS(z)      Miniature Sheet, Imperforate.    ($3,500) 

1978 Resources Of The Sea

S248a      Unlisted Blue Colour Shift To The Right   (??)

1980 125th Anniversary Of New Zealand's First Stamps 14c Strip Of 3

S262ap      Plate 1B1B1B1B1B   (Normal)
SP260-262(z)      Plate 1B1B1B1B1B   Error Black Colour Omitted   ($3,000)

It is believed that three sheets have been found with the missing black. Two with Plate 1A and one with Plate 1B. The layout of a sheet is 10 rows x 10 columns, therefore only 90 possible strips of three can be found with a single column left over. Depending on whether the strips start from the left or right determines the sequence of colours.

SP260-262(z)      Black Colour Omitted   ($1,000)

1981 Royal Wedding 20c Pair

SP276/7      Se-Tenant Pair   (Normal)
SP276/7z      Se-Tenant Pair, Silver-Grey Colour Omitted, resulting in Inscription and Date Missing   ($2,000)

1986 Police Centenary

S334SP      Strip Of 5 Stamps Se-Tenant   (Normal)
S334SP(z)      Strip Of 5 Stamps Se-Tenant   (Brown Colours Major Shift Upwards, Now Showing At Bottom Of Stamp, Leaving A White Strip In The Middle)   ($500)

1994 Man On The Moon (25th Anniversary) $1.50

S479a      Normal S479a(z)      Missing Hologram   ($2,000)

1998 Scenic Skies $1.00 Mt Maunganui Sunset

SS128a      Normal SS128a(z)      Major 12.5mm Silver Colour Shift   ($1,000)

2000 Scenic Reflections $1.20 Rainbow Mountain

SS141a      Normal SS141a(z)      Major Perforation Shift   ($750)
Only 10 of this item from the bottom of the sheet exist.
SS141a(z)      Major Perforation Shift   ($750 each)

2000 The Queen Mother - 100 Years

S686a(z)      Major Perforation Shift  
New Zealand has moved to the top of each stamp and the top row has a blank white strip.
This is the only recorded sheet found at this point and CP will catalogue the NZ at top @ $1,000 each and the top row @ $5,000 each.

2001 100 Years Of Tourism $1.50 Sea-Kayaking

SS148a(z)      Major Perforation Shift   ($500 each)

2003 Lord Of The Rings III - Return Of The King $1.30 & $1.50

S864a(z) & S865a(z)      Major Perforation Errors   ($800 each)

2004 Olympic Games $2.00 Peter Snell

S918a(z)      Illustration Inverted   ($3,000)

2004 Olympic Games 90c Yvette Williams

S916a(z)      Illustration Misplaced Upwards   ($300)

2005 Coffee Cups 45c

SH116a(y)      Die-Cut Outline Inverted and Double Phosphor Print - 1 Normal, 1 Inverted.   ($1,000)

2005 Farmyard Animals $1.50 Rooster

S927a(y)      Sheet inverted causing perforation error to middle rows   ($1,000 for 1 strip of 5)

2006 Kapa Haka 45c (Issued & Recalled)

T45c Self Adhesive   ($1,200)
The issue was withdrawn before the issue date, but some reached the market place via early standing order customers.

2008 Weather Extremes 50c

S1063a      Normal S1063a(z)      Three Colours Omitted (Bronze, Yellow & Magenta)   ($4,000)

1990 The Maori 40c Legend Of Rangi and Papa

SH31a      Normal SH31a(z)      Chalky Blue Colour Omitted (Value)   ($850)

2011 Year Of The Rabbit Miniature Sheet

SM1237-40(z)      Major Perforation Error   ($3,750)

2017 New Zealand Surf Breaks

S1692a(z)      $1.00 Piha Bar Major Perforation Error   ($1,750)
S1694a(z)      $2.30 Surf Highway 45 Major Perforation Error   ($1,750)
S1696a(z)      $3.30 Aramoana Spit Major Perforation Error   ($1,750)


New Zealand Stamp Errors