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Niue - 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

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On 21 April 2016 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday. This special stamp issue paid tribute to the longevity of her life and reign.

Issue information

As Niue has a free association with New Zealand and Niueans are New Zealand citizens, Queen Elizabeth II is Niue’s head of state. Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary to the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and the Queen Mother) on 21 April 1926 and has been Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms since 6 February 1952.

This regal two-stamp issue featured a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II on each stamp - one of Her Majesty as a baby and the other a more recent photo taken in March 2016.

Collectables Fit for a Queen

As well as the two stamps there was a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. The two first day covers in the issue featured photographs of Queen Elizabeth II from two of her visits to New Zealand.

Product Listing for Niue - 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single $2.40 gummed stamp.

When Princess Elizabeth was born, she was third in line to the throne, behind her uncle Edward, Prince of Wales and her father, the Duke of York. She became heir apparent when her uncle, then King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne and her father became King George VI. She married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947 and gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948 and Anne, Princess Royal in 1950 before her accession to the throne in 1952.

Single Stamp

Single $3.40 gummed stamp.

Upon the death of King George VI in 1952, Elizabeth ascended the throne and became Queen Elizabeth II. In the following years she had two more sons, Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964. During her reign she has achieved a number of impressive milestones, including being the longest-lived sovereign since her 81st birthday in 2007, being the monarch with the longest marriage and becoming Britain’s longest- reigning monarch in 2015. As Queen she has travelled to more than 110 countries during more than 250 international tours and visits.

Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $5.80
First Day Cover  First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $6.30
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $6.30

Technical information

Date of issue: 4 May 2016
Number of stamps: Two gummed stamps
Denominations: $2.40, $3.40
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui,
New Zealand
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16
Perforation gauge: 14
Special blocks: Plate/Imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.
Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats. 
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 3 May 2017.