Following on from the issue commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 and taking note of the excitement that surrounded the celebrations, the Ascension Island Post Office is now releasing a very special series of stamps to celebrate the next milestone in Her Majesty’s life which is the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation.
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953 as Monarch of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the seas and has been seen as a steady hand in an ever changing world during these last 60 years. Life has become so much faster with new developments in technology and social interaction and it is remarkable how Her Majesty has changed with the times whilst still gaining the respect and appreciation of the public at large.
There will be a set of five new stamps depicting commemorative items and packaging released during the reigns of Victoria (45p), Edward VII (50p), George V (70p), George VI (£1.10p) and Elizabeth II (£1.25p) all based on images supplied by Robert Opie.
Robert is known worldwide as a collector of Advertising Memorabilia and the curator of Opie’s Museum of Memories which contains tens of thousands of examples of advertising and packaging material and he explains his interest in Royal Memorabilia in the following paragraphs;
‘The historic occasion of a royal coronation, of course, attracts a deluge of souvenirs, from the traditional ceramic mug to a set of commemorative stamps. Instinctively, we all want to keep a souvenir of such an event – a decorated tin, a jigsaw puzzle or just a royal picture postcard.
In years to come such mementoes become a touchstone to remind us of that time and the memorable moment. Hidden away in millions of homes is that royal keepsake, waiting to be found to rejuvenate those memories once again.
For myself, at the age of six, I set out to carefully fill my 1953 scrapbook, cutting out the pictures from newspapers and magazines, sticking in pieces from commemorative advertisements and the festive bread wrappers, and adding the occasional postage stamp, even a celebratory milk bottle top. Soon my album was complete. But for me, the crowning glory was that my scrapbook won first prize at school.’
The five stamps are produced in sheetlets of eight stamps with a label and a decorative border also showing a number of contemporary examples taken from the Robert Opie Collection. In addition, there is a souvenir sheet containing a single £2 stamp bearing a Coronation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II holding the Orb and Sceptre.
Designer CASCO Studio
Printer BDT International Security Printing
Process Stochastic Lithography
Perforation 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size 28.45 x 42.58mm
Sheet Layout Pictorial sheets of 8 stamps plus a label
Sheet Size 166 x 185mm
S/S Stamp Size 48.26 x 32.4mm
S/S Size 110 x 70mm
Release Date 6 February, 2013
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd