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Stamps, coins show changing face of the Queen

Published: 5:30AM Wednesday May 08, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • The Queen in her carriage, waves to the crowd gathered to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.  (Source: ONE News)
    The Queen in her carriage, waves to the crowd gathered to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. - Source: ONE News

The 60th anniversary of the Coronation is being celebrated with a stamp and coin issue showing the changing face of Queen Elizabeth II.

Six different portraits of the Queen - from between 1953 and 1999 - will be issued in New Zealand Post's collection, which includes stamps in five different denominations and coins pressed from an ounce of silver.

Spokesman Simon Allison said the stamps and coins have a real sense of historical significance.

"Most New Zealanders alive today have known no other Monarch - so pretty much every time they've flipped a coin, Queen Elizabeth's portrait - in its changing forms - has represented 'heads'."

A high-gloss metallic foil has been used for the portraits on the stamps, to give the same reflective shine as the coins.

Only 1953 coins will be made available worldwide - to mark the year of Coronation.

The collection is available from May 8.

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