New Zealand pictorial stamp makes $6,000

A used New Zealand 1898-1908 pictorial issue 3d realised £4,500 ($5,855) in an auction of Kiwi stamps at Spink London on July 6.

NZ pictorial issue
The stamp displays a 1902 Otahuhu datestamp cancellation

The stamp formed part of the collection of the late professor Derek Diamond.  

It's a rare specimen of this denomination from one of the nation's most popular series of stamps.

The issue was introduced when the plates used to print the previous issue (featuring a portrait of King George) wore down.

The public were invited to contribute designs - with the winning concepts appearing on stamps.

We have a complete set of the second edition (issued in 1935) for sale.

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