As Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II is Tokelau’s head of state. On 21 April 2016 the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday, making for another incredible milestone in her extensive reign. This four-stamp issue pays tribute to the life and reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 and has been Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms since 6 February 1952. During her reign she has achieved a number of incredible milestones, including being the longest-lived sovereign in history since turning 81 in 2007 and becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in 2015.
This special four-stamp issue shows photographs of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from throughout her life and reign and is a fitting tribute to this royal icon.
Royal collectables to treasure
Included in this regal stamp issue was a set of two first day covers that were a must-have for any Tokelau or royal stamp collection. Both covers featured photographs of Queen Elizabeth; one of her as a young girl and one of her from 1975. If you place the covers side by side, it seems as if the young princess is looking up to the older version of herself.
Product Listing for Tokelau - 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
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|Date of issue:||4 May 2016|
|Number of stamps:||Set of four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Hannah StancliffeWhite, 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:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|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.|