Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's many visits to New Zealand have seen her become closely involved with all aspects of New Zealand life over a reign of nearly 50 years.
Five Decades of a Queen and Country
In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was the first monarch to visit New Zealand and the first to adopt the title of Queen of New Zealand. Through five decades of significant social and political change, she has worked diligently to be involved in all aspects of New Zealand life, both official and informal.
Her Majesty has opened sessions of the New Zealand Parliament, the first Sovereign to do so. She has attended concerts and command performances, sports events, visited schools and factories and won admiration for her informal 'walk-abouts'. She has shared with us events from the bi-centennial of Captain Cook's landfall to the opening of the Beehive (Parliament Building) and the 150th Anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi.
New Zealand has changed considerably since Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, in 1952. So too, has her relationship with us. From the young Queen arriving for the opening of Parliament on 12 January 1954, wearing her Coronation gown for the first time since the ceremony at Westminister Abbey, to the latest official portrait. This special Queen Elizabeth II stamp issue captured the dignity and humanity she has displayed throughout the changing years.
Product Listing for Queen Elizabeth II
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|Date of issue:||3 October 2001|
|Number of stamps:||Six|
|Denominations and designs:||Gummed - 40c 1953; 80c 1970; 90c 1977; $1.30 1986; $1.50 1990; $2.00 Official New Zealand Portrait. A six stamp strip was also available at a cost of $6.90.|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Ann Adams, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus metallic and image overgloss|
|First day cover size:||120mm x 205mm|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand; offset|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||13.85 x 13.75 and Die cut|
|Paper type:||De La Rue 103gsm red phosphor coated|
|Special blocks:||Plate and imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were availabe in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 2 October 2002.|