NEW ZEALAND 1902-07 1s "Kea and Kaka", SG315/c
New Zealand 1902-07 1s "Kea and Kaka", watermark 43 sideways, perforations 11, four blocks of 4 in various shades, brown-red, red, orange-red and orange-brown, SG315/c.
A fine set of mint blocks of four with large part original gum. Typical perforations for this issue, and red block with small tone spot mentioned purely for accuracy as a fine and attractive group.
The Kea and Kaka are both endangered and are the world’s only alpine parrots. Kea are considered one of the most intelligent birds. They have been known to turn on water taps and set off stoat traps to get the eggs. The smaller Kaka are olive-brown in colour. They are nocturnal and very rarely seen.
New Zealand Campbell Paterson Catalogue Numbers: E18d - 1, 2, 5 & 6.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £1,280+.
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