2013 marks 60 years since the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To commemorate the six decades that the Queen has served as New Zealand's graceful monarch, New Zealand Post is issuing a unique stamp issue.
The Coronation took place at Westminster Abbey, London on 2 June 1953, nearly 18 months after Queen Elizabeth II succeeded her father, King George VI. The Coronation ceremony is steeped in history, and for the past 900 years the ceremony has been held at Westminster Abbey. The strong connection between New Zealand and the Queen was reinforced on the eve of the Coronation, when it was announced that New Zealander Edmund Hillary had conquered Mt Everest in the Himalayas. Four days after the Coronation, the Queen knighted Sir Edmund.
This special stamp issue features the six main depictions of the Queen on New Zealand legal tender coins. Currency plays an important role in portraying a country's national identity, and the Queen's presence on the obverse side of New Zealand's coins reflects the importance of her role as the Queen of New Zealand.
When a monarch such as Queen Elizabeth II rules for a long time, the depiction of their image on currency becomes a marker of history. Elements such as hair style, skin, clothing and royal headgear (laurel wreath, diadem or crown) change to give a spectrum of Her Majesty during her 60-year reign.
The stamps in this issue feature the six main portraits that have appeared on New Zealand's legal tender coins – five on circulating currency and one on a commemorative coin.
The six stamps in this issue are sure to stand out in your collection. The Queen's portrait has been created using hotstamp foil and multiple-level embossing – resulting in beautiful stamps that resemble the coins they are representing.