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General remarks: the stamps of Aitutaki with overprint on New Zealand are much scarcer than the corresponding stamps of New Zealand without any overprint. I'm not aware of any forged 'AITUTAKI' overprints.

1903 Stamps of New Zealand overprinted 'AITUTAKI' and value

'Ava Pene' on 1/2 p green Inscription 'DOMINION'

   'Ava Pene' (red) on 1/2 p green (Mount Cook)
   'Tai Pene' (blue) on 1 p (woman, inscription New Zealand)
   'Tai Pene' (blue) on 1 p (woman, inscription Dominion of New Zealand)
   'Rua Pene Ma Te Ava' (red) on 2 1/1 p blue (lake Wakatipu)
   'Toru Pene' (blue) on 3 p brown (Huia birds)
   'Ono Pene' (blue) on 6 p red (Kiwi bird)
   'Tai Tiringi' on 1 Sh red (Cockatoo Birds)

The 'Tai Pene' on 1 p with inscription 'Dominion' actually was issued much later (around 1912), but is listed here for simplicity reasons.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Ava P.**** 
Tai P.**** 
Tai P.**(Dominion)
Rua P...**** 
Toru P.**** 
Ono P.**** 
Tai T.RR 

General remark concerning the value: the unused and used stamps seem to have comparable value.

1912 King Edward VII stamps of New Zealand overprinted 'AITUTAKI' and value:

'Ono Pene' on 6 p red

   'Ava Pene' (red) on 1/2 p green
   'Ono Pene' (blue) on 6 p red
   'Tai Tiringi' (blue) on 1 Sh red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Ava P.** 
Tai P.** 
Tai T.**** 

General remark concerning the value: the unused and used stamps seem to have comparable value.

1916 King George stamps of New Zealand

Overprinted 'AITUTAKI' and value in native text

  'Ono Pene' (blue) 6 p red
  'Tai Tiringi' (blue) 1 Sh red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Ono P.****** 
Tai T.***R 

General remark concerning the value: the unused and used stamps seem to have comparable value.

Overprinted 'AITUTAKI' only:

With broken second 'T' variety

   1/2 p green (red)
   1 p red (blue)
   1 1/2 p grey (red)
   1 1/2 p orange (red)
   2 1/2 p blue (red)
   3 p brown (blue)
   6 p red (blue)
   1 sh red (blue)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 p** 
1 p** 
1 1/2 p****grey
1 1/2 p**orange
2 1/2 p** 
3 p****** 
6 p****** 
1 Sh****** 

For the specialist; the 3 p exists in two types (slightly different colours, maroon and dark brown, also different perforation and the design is slightly different), the maroon colour is about half a valuable as the dark brown colour. I do not know if the above shown 'error in the second T' has any great value.

1920 Pictorials

   1/2 p green and black (landing of captain Cook)
   1 p red and black (Port at Avarua)
   1 1/2 p brown and black (Captain Cook)
   2 1/2 p blue and black (local chief)
   3 p blue and black (Palm tree)
   6 p brown and grey (local houses)
   1 Sh red and black (port at Avarua)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pcc 
1 pcc 
1 1/2 p** 
2 1/2 p** 
3 p** 
6 p*** 
1 Sh***** 

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