As before many times over, Post PNG's Philatelic Bureau were forced to have additional stamps printed for over the counter sales at most of their regional Post Offices as they were running out of stamps for local and overseas postage. The PNG government ad also decided to leave all the postal rates unchanged for another financial year and there were not enough funds to order and pay for new stamp releases that had been designed and planned for printing.
To save more money, it was arranged to have seven stamps from the original Tuna Fish and APEC stamp releases overprinted by a local commercial printer in Port Moresby.
Lack of philatelic printing experience was again displayed with the end product being far from acceptable for stamp issues. However, the end result was many variations of the stamps being released into the market place, making Papua New Guinea philatelic issues a talking point again.
This offering is a group of connected stamps which were also printed and distributed as singles.
Three have selvedge included at left hand and right hand ends.
One has the top selvedge plus both ends. All information outlined here was provided by Post PNG. There are many out there who disagree with the numbers provided, but I am quoting directly from information received from Philatelic Bureau personnel. This is the first of three stamps overprinted from the Tuna Fish series. K1.60 is the domestic rate for a letter weighing between 1 and 50 grams.Originally, it was proposed to print 400 sheets of 25, or 10,000. However, due to a number of factors (stock taking errors being one), only 154 sheets, or 3,850 were overprinted. Of these, 141 sheets (3,525) were correct and 13 sheets (325) had a variation.
Post PNG advise that there were 7 sheets or 175 of this variation printed.
The red strike-thru of the K2 denomination is missing on the bottom left-hand corner.
Post PNG advise that there were 12 sheets of 25 (300) of this variation printed. The red strike-thru of the original K1.45 denomination at the bottom left hand corner is missing. This means that this sheet missed the red ink strike-thru pass on the printer.