Postal orders of New Zealand

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New Zealand 1907 One Shilling Postal Note

Postal Orders were issued in New Zealand from 1886 until 1986.[1][2]

New Zealand Postal Notes[edit]

The first postal notes were issued in 1886.[3] Some of them are known overprinted "SPECIMEN", in 1890.[4] It has been confirmed that the last day of issue was 31 July 1986.[5]

New Zealand-issued British Postal Orders[edit]

It is not yet known when these were first issued. The majority of them were overprinted. They ceased to be issued during 1987[5] due to the announcement by Mr. (now Sir) Roger Douglas that foreign exchange controls were being abolished.

The 5 Shillings denomination was not commonly overprinted.

Any extant examples are very sought after by collectors.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harwood, J. New Zealand Postal Notes 1886—1986: A Priced Catalogue Including Notes on British Postal Orders Issued in New Zealand. 1st edn. Sarasota: Jack Harwood, 2010. 130 pp.
  2. ^ Elsmore, D. Revenue Review. Stamp News Australasia, 2010, Vol. 57, No. 3, p. 37.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Postal Notes 1886-1986". Leisure. Bromley and Beckenham Philatelic Society. May 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  4. ^ Powerhouse Museum. "98/2/73 Postal note specimens (79), paper, Great Britain/ Australian Colonies/ New Zealand, [1890]". Powerhouse Museum, Australia. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Harwood, J. in: Postal Order News, 1987, No. 7, P. 12—15.

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