This set of stamps celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Niue’s first British monarch, Queen Victoria.
Originally, the island of Niue was settled by Polynesian sailors from nearby islands such as Tonga and Samoa. Around 1846, Christian missionaries from England formed a connection with locals. Niue’s reigning King at the time, King Fataaiki, wrote to Queen Victoria in 1887 requesting to become part of the British monarchy.
His initial requests were turned down, but in 1900 Niue became a British protectorate and was soon handed over into the care of New Zealand. Niue became self-governing in 1974.
|Date of issue:||16 October 2019|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations:||30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Hannah Fortune, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||35mm x 34.55mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||12|
|Special blocks:||Plate and value blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 15 October 2020.|