In some countries, the monarchy is associated with the rose and thistle, but in New Zealand it is associated with the silver fern and the mānuka flower, as can be seen in the insignia of the New Zealand Royal Honours system. Beyond these symbols, there are few other places in the world where members of the royal family can be as informal and as accessible to the public as they are here in New Zealand. The monarchy in New Zealand is a modern, multicultural institution woven into the fabric of this country.
In celebration of her 95th birthday and her connection to New Zealand, this set of four stamps depicts Her Majesty through the years. A symbol of health and wellbeing, the mānuka flower symbolises the Queen’s current relationship with New Zealand, as all nations continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
$1.40 A Young Princess - Queen Elizabeth’s life has always been one of duty. She gave her first radio address at the age of 14 to provide reassurance and support to the children of the Commonwealth who feared the events of World War Two.
$2.70 A New Queen for New Zealand - The Coronation Tour of 1953/54 was the first time a monarch had set foot in the country. The tour lasted six weeks and saw the 27-year-old queen and her husband, Prince Philip, visit more than 45 different towns and cities from one end of the country to the other.
$3.50 A Lifelong Affection for Aotearoa - The Queen of New Zealand is not merely a title, but a position the Queen holds close to her heart. The affection she has for New Zealand is well known, and the rest of the royal family shares it with her.
$4.00 The Queen Today - In recent years the Queen has maintained the connection she treasures by sending younger family members to represent her, with her children and grandchildren visiting to ensure that the royal family’s relationship with Aotearoa will endure for generations to come.
Product listing for Queen Elizabeth II Ninety-Fifth Birthday
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|First Day Cover||First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$12.10|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$12.10|
|Date of issue:||7 April 2021|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations:||$1.40, $2.70, $3.50, $4.00|
|Designed by:||Nicky Dyer, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus gold|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||120mm x 95mm (horizontal)|
|Limited edition miniature sheet size and format:||180mm x 98mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 106gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 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:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 6 April 2022. First day covers will remain on sale until 2 June 2021.|