Norvic Philatelics

50th Anniversary of the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II - 2 June 2003

The 50th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be commemorated by Royal Mail with a block of 10 stamps and a Prestige Book.

block of 10 stamps

The pictures on the 10 1st class stamps show:
1. Guardsmen in Coronation procession; 2. Children from London's East End reading notice about a Coronation Party; 3. The Queen in the Coronation chair; 4. school children in Plymouth; 5. Official Coronation portrait by Cecil Beaton; 6. games at East End street party; 7. Coronation coach at Marble Arch, London; 8. Children in fancy dress outside decorated house; 9. Coronation coach at Buckingham Palace; 10. London street party.

Prestige Book

Royal Mail will also produce a Prestige Stamp Book, entitled A Perfect Coronation , containing 4 panes of stamps. The face value of the book is 7.46, and the panes are shown here:
Pane 1: as shown below, 1st class & 'E' rate Machin definitives, with a label showing a crown and the dates 1953-2003.
Pane 2: Four Coronation stamps from the block - different arrangement.

Pane 1 Pane 2


Pane 3 (below): Four Coronation stamps from the block - different arrangement.
Pane 4: Pane containing 4 Wilding definitives, 2 x 47p and 2 x 68p se-tenant with a 1 Coronation in the design of the 1/3d 1953 commemorative. This 1 stamp was previously issued unwatermarked in the Stamp Show 2000 miniature sheet 'Her Majesty's Stamps'.

Pane 3 Pane 4
detail from pane4 Left: Detail from pane 4
Below:1953 Coronation set of 4.
1953 Coronation set of 4

Technical details:
The 50-stamp sheets are printed by De La Rue in gravure on paper watermarked '50'.
The book is printed by Walsall Security Print in gravure. Pane 1 is on coated unwatermarked paper. The Coronation stamp panes are on paper coated and watermarked '50' and are a good match with the De La Rue sheet stamps, except that the phosphor bands are not as wide. The 50 watermark on panes 2-4 is upright unlike that of the Golden Jubilee book which had sideways watermark.
Pane 4 is on uncoated watermarked paper, with two phosphor bands on all stamps, and elliptical perforations on the Wildings. The Wildings have a different appearance to those in the Miniature Sheets, being generally darker.

All images are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.


Norvic Exclusive First Day Covers

We produced FDCs for the block of 10 stamps and for the panes from the Prestige Book.
Covers with the block of 10 are priced at 7.95 each - with postmarks L8555 and L8556.
Sets of 4 covers for the book are priced at 35.00 per set, and with postmarks L8507, L8533, L8552, L8553 on Panes 1-4 respectively.
Norvic FDC for full set of stamps, showing Coronation Coach
Norvic FDC  showing Westminster Abbey, with Prestige Book pane 1



These postmarks were available for the date of issue and all should be available on first day covers. However some will be more plentiful than others, and some may only be available on specific 'official covers', with a very few on PO fdcs in collections. It may be many years before these appear on the resale market. Because of the immediate scarcity of the Prestige Book, which sold out from the Philatelic Bureau in just a few months, some PB FDCs have already appeared but they are expensive!

E II R & national floral emblems text Coronation coach Hotel sign Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey
Ref FD313
Philatelic Bureau Official postmark
Ref FD314
London SW1 official postmark
Ref L8386
London SW1
Ref W8410
The Three Crowns Hotel, Chagford, Newton Abbot, celebrates the Coronation anniversary
Ref L8533
The Coronation Anniversary, London SW1
Ref L8570
50th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster Abbey London
Westminster Abbey Buckingham Palace Windsor Castle Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Heraldry Society Coat of Arms
Ref L8506
London SW1
Ref L8507
London SW1
Ref E4680
Windsor Castle permanent postmark
Ref L4666
Buckingham Palace, SW London permanent postmark
Ref L8530
50th Anniversary of The Coronation, London SW1, Express Newspapers
Ref L8550
The Heraldry Society, London SW1
crown crown text scroll easel Coronation throne
Ref L8529
50th Anniversary of The Coronation, Coronation Court, London E15
Ref M8537
Coronation 1953-2003 Birmingham
Ref L8534
Long Live The Queen, Philatelic Census, London EC1
Ref L8532
50th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, Queen Elizabeth Street, London SE1
Ref L8551
The Coronation, Westminster Abbey, London SW1
Ref L8552
50th Anniversary of H.M. Coronation, London SW1
warship single-deck tram lion horses pulling coach coach lion & crown
Ref L8531
HMS Invincible Salutes Her Sponsor, HM The Queen, 50th Anniversary of Coronation, London
Ref N8540
Restoration to Service of Blackpool Coronation Tram 304, Blackpool
Ref L8557
50th Anniversary Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace Road
Ref L8555
50th Anniversary Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster, London
Ref L8556
50th Anniversary Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster, London
Ref L8558
50th Anniversary Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster, London
crown crown floral emblems Westminster_Abbey> crown text
Ref L8554
50th Anniversary Coronation, Coronation Road, London E13
Ref L8553
50th Anniversary H.M. Coronation, London SW1
Ref L8559
50th Anniversary Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster, London SW1
Ref L8563
50th Anniversary The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster, London
Ref L8560
The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, 50th Anniversary, London SW1
Ref L8561
Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, 50th Anniversary, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1 God Save the Queen
Union flag locomotive nameplate text text floral emblems crown & sceptre
Ref L8567
Coronation Road, London E13
Ref L8568
'Coronation', Euston, London
Ref L8569
Westminster Abbey, 50th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation, London SW1
Ref L8562
50th Anniversary The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster, London
Ref L8564
50th Anniversary Coronation HM Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1
Ref M8576
The Crown and Sceptre, Northbourne, Bournemouth
motor van <<<<
Ref M8575
50th Anniversary Morris Light Commercial, Cowley, Oxford
text <<<<
Ref N8579
Happy Birthday 50 today, Coronation Baby, Wawne, Hull, East Yorkshire
heraldic lion <<<<
Ref E8587
The Coronation 1953, Windsor, Berks.

This page updated 20 June 2003 [24.1.05]


2003 stamp issues
2004
14 January Birds of Prey 21 January Flowers Greetings Stamps Smilers Sheet 4 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet 25 February Medical Science - DNA & Genome 4 March Hello SA booklet & Wales 1st reprint
25 March Fun Fruit & Vegetables 27 March New definitives, SA airmail booklets of 40gr stamps 29 April Extreme Endeavours 6 May 34p definitives 20 May Wilding II miniature sheet
28 May Wales 2nd class, 1st class gold reprints 2 June - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation 17 June Prince William of Wales 1 July High Value Definitive reprints 15 July British Journey - Scotland
29 July Cartoons Smilers Sheet 12 August Pub Signs - Europa 18 September Transports of Delight - toys 30 September Christmas Robin Smilers Sheet 7 October 250th Anniv. of British Museum
13 October Reprints of Country Stamps 4 November Christmas: Ice Sculptures 18 December England World Cup - Rugby Winners
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