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Friday, October 23, 2015

New Zealand 2015
New Zealand's Longest Reigning Monarch



ISSUE DATE: 7 October 2015
DENOMINATIONS: 80c x2 , $1.40 , $2.00, $2.20, $2.50 and $3.00
DESIGN: New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
PRINTER: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
PAPER: 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
COLOURS: Four process colours
STAMP SIZE: 36.95mm x 37.5mm
PERFORATIONS: 14.4 x 14.62
SHEET LAYOUT: 25








As New Zealand did not become part of the British Empire until three years after Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837, Queen Elizabeth II has been New Zealand’s longest-reigning monarch for some time. Queen Elizabeth II is the only ‘Queen of New Zealand’ we’ve ever known, as during Queen Victoria’s reign New Zealand was a British colony rather than a Realm. On 28 May 1953, Her Majesty formally became ‘The Queen of New Zealand’ - the first Sovereign to hold this title.

During her reign Queen Elizabeth II has maintained close links to New Zealand, and has visited ten times since her inaugural tour in 1953/54. Although her last visit was in 2002, we still maintain a strong bond with the monarchy, with more recent visits made on her behalf by William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who last visited in 2014 along with their son Prince George of Cambridge.

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s reign
To show the vast span of time for which Queen Elizabeth II has reigned, each stamp in this issue represents a different decade. A photo of the Queen from each decade is shown next to a typographic depiction of various events that took place in New Zealand with the Queen as our Head of State.

From our sporting successes to national tragedies, royal visits to quirky animals, changes in economics and politics to New Zealand’s appearance on the world filmmaking stage, these stamps tell a story. Most New Zealanders will remember and identify with key events on the stamps, and together they give a sense of how New Zealand has changed during the Queen’s reign.





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MINIATURE SHEET

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 12.70$






FIRST DAY COVER

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 13.20$






MINIATURE SHEET FIRST DAY COVER

NEW ZEALAND POST PRICE: 13.20$