Progression of Plate Wear
"DOT" Plate






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to view pictorial identification
of a "Dot" plate stamp.


In 1903 the original  plates had begun to show signs of wear and the Agent-General was instructed to obtain a new set.  Messrs. Royle & Sons were instructed to prepare three plates which were duly forwarded to New Zealand late in 1903 and were registered in the Government Printing Office, Wellington on January 19, 1904.  The printed stamps were handed over for general issue on Feb 9, 1904.

Towards the end of 1905 the “dot”  plates had become very worn and copies are found with little of the design showing.

The above are examples showing the gradual decline in print quality due to the increasing wear in the plates.




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