|FC072/16||1937 Coronation New Zealand Cook Islands Overprint illustrated cover||£20.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 12/05/1937
Issue Name: 1937 Coronation Cook Islands illustrated cover
1937 Coronation of King George VI New Zealand Cook Islands Overprint illustrated cover
The Date Was Set
After King Edward VIII abdicated the throne on December 11th 1936, his younger brother was reluctantly thrust into the limelight to take the position of the King and govern over Great Britain and her Empire. They kept the intended date that was set for the Coronation of Edward so this left very little time to get everything arranged for the big day.
This included the stamps that were going to be produced for 57 issuing countries to commemorate the Coronation. These stamps made the headlines as they were the first to show a living person who was not the monarch; the Queen Consort.
The stamps were made here in Britain and then had to be sent to the issuing countries which were spread across the far reaches of the Commonwealth. This would be a difficult task today, let alone back in 1936/7 because the only way to reach some of these countries was by sea – a long and arduous task. The Crown Agents’ office managed to communicate and deliver the stamps to every territory’s post office in time for the Day of the Coronation. An amazing feat and a first for Britain!
These stamps are some of the most historic to be produced and the covers themselves then had to make their way back. This was no easy task and one that was executed brilliantly making the covers an exciting addition to your collection.
Try collecting them all. If you would like a list, please do not hesitate to contact us at 01303 278137 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ‘1937 Coronation Covers List’