2003 Queen Elizabeth II - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation Silver Proof Numismatic Cover

To share in the celebrations of the Queen's 50th anniversary, we issued this numismatic cover that featured a stunning sterling silver coin.

Highlights:

  • Silver proof coin with gold highlights
  • Included all five stamps from the 2003 Queen Elizabeth II 50th Anniversary of the Coronation stamp issue
  • Limited edition product.

New Zealand's commemorative silver frosted proof $5 depicted an image of the St Edwards crown between a stylised sprig of roses, thistles, shamrocks and the New Zealand fern frond on its reverse. The combination of the fern, rose, thistle and shamrock represented the recognised offical floral emblems of New Zealand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. These emblems were among those embroidered on the Queen’s coronation gown, which was also worn when she opened the New Zealand Parliament on 12 January 1954. The St Edward’s crown was used in the actual coronation service in 1953.

The coin in this philatelic numismatic cover (PNC) was made of 0.925 sterling solver and had been selectively plated with 22-carat gold to highlight Queen Elizabeth II's portrait on its obverse side.

The first day cover used was from the 2003 Queen Elizabeth II 50th Anniversary of the Coronation stamp issue. It featured all five stamps and two distinctive emblems - the Queen's personal flag for New Zealand in red, gold, blue, black and white; and the New Zealand flag in red, white and blue. It was cancelled with the Queen Elizabeth II 50th Anniversary of the Coronation datestamp.

This special product was strictly limited to a quantity of just 100 covers.

Denomination: Five New Zealand dollars
Finish: Frosted proof
Composition: 0.925 sterling silver with 22-carat gold highlights
Weight: 28.28 grams
Diameter: 38.61mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: St Edward’s Crown between a stylised sprig of roses, thistles and shamrocks and the New Zealand fern frond
Designed by: Based on the original design of Phillip O'Shea, LVO, New Zealand Herald of Arms Extraordinary to The Queen
Worldwide mintage limit: 100 philatelic numismatic covers
Mint: Royal British Mint
Queen Elizabeth II - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation

Take a look at the commemorative stamps that were also part of this issue.