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Government Life stamps

Government Life stamps

The first stamps issued in New Zealand that did not feature Queen Victoria were the 1891 Government Life Insurance Office's stamps, which featured a lighthouse. All subsequent issues also had depictions of lighthouses, which were a 19th-century symbol of insurance. The halfpenny 1947 stamp featured Castlepoint lighthouse, which is east of Masterton on the Wairarapa coast. The three-cent Baring Head stamp was issued in 1969 on the centenary of the founding of the Government Life Insurance Office. The 1981 issue marked a radical departure with a highly stylised and colourful design as seen in the 20-cent stamp.

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Reference: 1947, 1969, 1981 Government Life stamp issues

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Carl Walrond, 'Postage stamps - Different types of stamps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 20 Jun 2012