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1937 Coronation

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In 1936 following the abdication from the throne of his elder brother (King Edward VIII) the Duke of York became King. The coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth took place at Westminster Abbey the following year.

Issue information

Prince Albert Frederick George, second son of King George V and Queen Mary was born on 14 December 1895. He was trained in the Royal Navy and saw action at the battle of Jutland in World War One. Created Duke of York in 1923, he married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey in the same year. The Duke and Duchess of York had two daughters; in 1926 Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and in 1930 Princess Margaret. King George V had no training in kingship. A shy man, he disliked the constant attention he had to endure. To make matters more difficult for him he did not enjoy robust health and found public speaking an almost intolerable burden.


New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue:

Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for 1937 Coronation

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 1d 'Red' gummed stamp.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Single Stamp

Single 2 1/2d 'Blue' gummed stamp. 

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

2 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 6d 'Orange' gummed stamp.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.


Technical information

Date of issue: 13 May 1937
Designers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp size: 40mm x 24mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 13.75 x 13.25
Paper type: Wiggins Teape 'Esparto', multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 31 December 1937.