2006 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday

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2006 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
$5 Queen Elizabeth II (Simplified) 613a $9.00
(i) with green blue background 613a1 $9.00
(ii) with Ultramarine blue background 613a2 $9.00
$17.50 Miniature Sheet with one $5 stamp and five pound Jersey stamp - Joint Issue with Jersey 613b $36.00
... One Stamp : $5 (613a1)
$20 Sheetlet of four $5 stamps 613c $36.00 $36.00
... Four Stamps : $5 (613a1 x 4)
(i) Numbered Sheetlet of four $5 stamps (First 5000 Copies) 613c1 $45.00 $45.00
... Four Stamps : $5 (613a1 x 4)
First Day Cover - 21 April 2006 613d $9.90
... $5 (613a1)

A joint issue miniature sheet commemorating the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II was issued on her birthday - the 21st of April - by New Zealand Post and Jersey Post. The stamps feature a portrait of the Queen by photographer Julian Calder with a 99% silver foiled border and text.

The stamps were issued in two shades with the differences being most apparent in the shade of the background - green blue (left) and ultramarine blue (right). However, the colour differences also affect the shade of the text on the sheetlet margin and the skin tones have more of a red tinge on the ultramarine blue stamps. Page 157 of The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume X suggests that one shades originates from the miniature sheet and one from the sheetlet - however we have seen sheetlets in both shades.

The stamps were issued in sheetlets of four stamps and the first 5000 sheetlets were numbered.
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