This issue, supposedly the third issue, actually got
released after the fourth issue, the
Commonwealth Games. The Standard Satellites issue used the same design as
the First Satellites issue,
but the shades were somewhat lighter, and
the words in the top right corner were removed. This issue was intended
to be around for a long period of time, which meant that there would be
a requirement for reprints.
The serial numbers on the early New
Zealand cards are very hard to read. It wasn't until the numbers were
printed on a silver strip that they became more readable.
The $2 is known with European Zeros
Ø in the serial number.
The original $5 was reprinted with the same 3NZLB number. It can be
indentified from the original by the fact that it has more bevelled edges and a
blue line is visible along one or two edges. Two other reprints came with a control number of 4NZLA, and also with 3NZLB
on a Silver Strip.
The $10 was reprinted with a control number of 4NZLB & 2NZLC, and also
with 3NZLC & 4NZLB on a Silver Strip.
The original $20 was reprinted with the same 3NZLD number. It can be
indentified from the original by its deeper chocolate brown shade, but
more easily by the absence
of a small white dot below the "L" in
Telecom. This dot is present on all other printings of the $20 card.
Three other reprints have the control numbers 5NZLC, 2NZLD, & 4NZLC.
The $50 card can be found in two
different shades. One is deep rich crimson and the other a somewhat dull