On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will succeed Queen Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch. To celebrate this amazing milestone, New Zealand Post is issuing a special set of stamps and a coin that celebrate Queen Elizabeth II as New Zealand’s longest reigning monarch.
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 fist 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.
Commemorate Her Majesty’s milestone with the world’s first rotating coin To mark this historic occasion we’ve created the world’s first rotating coin! This special coin is made up of two parts: a 1oz silver proof inner section, and a non-precious-metal outer rim. Innovatively crafted, the silver proof inner section rotates inside the outer rim, resulting in a coin experience never seen before.
Officially approved by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the inner section of the coin features the Queen’s first and current New Zealand effigies in stunning gold plating, framed by a chaplet of roses, as seen on Her Majesty’s personal flag. The outer rim features the name of the coin issue, as well as the denomination, year and country of issue and ‘Elizabeth II’ as per all New Zealand currency.
This innovative coin comes housed in a specially designed leatherette case that will allow you to display and rotate your coin with pride. With a worldwide mintage of just 2,015, this unique coin won’t be available for long.