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02 June 2003
7/2003
Commemorative Issue

Coronation Golden Jubilee

Australia
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953, more than twelve months after her accession. Hundred of thousands of Britons and over 200,000 tourists from other countries descended upon London for the coronation. Representatives of the Lords, the Commons and other public interests and organisations in Britain, the Prime Ministers and leading citizens of the Commonwealth countries, and representatives of foreign states were also present.

The Queen rode from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the ornate State or

St Edward  

St Edward

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The crown used in the coronation dates from 1660 when it was commissioned for the coronation of King Charles II. The depressed central arches indicated it is the crown of a kingdom. The gold framework is set with about 440 precious and semi-precious stones. The image is from the Royal Collection Picture Library at Windsor Castle.

This magnificent crown is worn only once in a sovereign's lifetime, during the coronation. At the end of the coronation service, when the sovereign retires into St Edward

Queen Elizabeth II  

Queen Elizabeth II

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This formal portrait of the Queen was taken in Buckingham Palace during 1953.

Technical Information

Issue date........................2 June 2003
Denominations ................One x 50c, one x $2.45
Designer ........................Cathleen Cram, Australia Post
Design Studio
Size size (all) ....................26 x 37.5 mm
Perforations (all) ..............14.6 x 13.86
Printer (all) ......................SNP Sprint
Paper (gummed) ..............Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive)........B100
Sheet layout ....................Modules of 50, two panes of 25
National postmark............Elizabeth SA 5112
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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