On 21 April 2016, Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 years old, making her the first British monarch to reach this impressive milestone. To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, we created this very special stamp.
Queen Elizabeth II has achieved many incredible milestones as the reigning monarch, including being New Zealand’s and Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, being the longest-lived sovereign in history and being married longer than any other monarch. To pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand Post was proud to issue a series of lenticular stamps that perfectly encapsulate the breadth and longevity of her life and reign as sovereign.
Included in the issue were three stamps, housed within a unique miniature sheet. Each stamp contained three images - simply tilt the miniature sheet and watch the images change! The images take us from the Queen's christening in 1926 right through to her attendance at the 2015 Anzac commemorations in London. As you tilt the miniature sheet, the captions beneath the stamps change too - resulting in a comprehensive view of the Queen's lifetime. The stamps were featured in a classic stylised gold-gilded frame against a royal purple background, making this a truly regal stamp issue.
A Royal First Day Cover to Treasure
No royal collection is complete without a first day cover, and the Queen's 90th birthday deserved something extra-special. This first day cover featured the three lenticular stamps as well as a gorgeous photograph of Queen Elizabeth II as a baby from 1926. This collectable was a must-have for any royal enthusiast.
A Regal Presentation Pack Fit for a Queen
The premium collectable of this stamp issue, the Queen Elizabeth II - 90th Birthday presentation pack, included the miniature sheet and the first day cover as well as in-depth information on Queen Elizabeth II’s life and reign written by Dr Sean Palmer, Chair of Monarchy New Zealand.
The presentation pack truly was a fitting tribute to our longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and was the ultimate keepsake for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Take a look at the commemorative coins that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.
Product Listing for Queen Elizabeth II - 90th Birthday
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|Date of issue:||4 May 2016|
|Number of stamps:||Three lenticular|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Joh. Enschede Security Print, UV offset printing|
|Number of colours:||Four colour, lenticular with three lenses|
|Stamp size and format:||52mm x 44mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Permanent self-adhesive mc paper 250gm, with Ecolens 75 LPI Universal lenticular lens|
|Perforation gauge:||Die cut|
|Period of sale:||
These stamps remained on sale until 3 May 2017.
First day covers remainded on sale until 3 July 2016.