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Why Did Australia Not Issue A Stamp Commemorating The Coronation Of King George Vi?

 
 
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Posted 07/16/2019   5:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add uboatnut to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Great Britain and 56 other Commonwealth nations simultaneously issued one or more stamps on May 13, 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George IV.

Australia was not among them.

Why was that?
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Posted 07/16/2019   6:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No idea why there wasn't a commemorative but Australia did issue stamps on May 10th, a 1d green of Queen Elizabeth and a 2d of King George 6th.
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Posted 07/16/2019   7:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I suspect - but do not know - that those are definitives. I don't have a catalogue for Australia.


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Posted 07/16/2019   7:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps this was Australia's contribution to - but issued prior to - the event?

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Edited by uboatnut - 07/16/2019 7:35 pm
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Posted 07/17/2019   03:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This article on this topic may be of interest:

http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/sn...ay-2010.aspx
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Thank you, 22crows: that explains a lot.

I have to assume that because they are definitives rather than commemoratives and their first day of issue was May 10, instead of May 13 like the rest of the Commonwealth, is why these are not considered to be part of the KG6 Coronation Series.
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Edited by uboatnut - 07/17/2019 10:18 am
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Checking my Stanley Gibbons catalogue, I would say that the majority of Commonwealth countries did not issue their sets on May 13; most appear to have been issued on 12 May. Canada's coronation set was issued on 10 May, as was Nauru's. Your table mentions Papua, New Guinea and Niue as having the same design. That should be Papua, New Guinea and Nauru. Niue and Cook Islands used overprinted versions of the New Zealand set.
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There is no known data relating to as why no issues of the Coronation were printed at the time of the ascension of King George VI and the Queen Consort Elizabeth.

Australia and a few other countries did not join the many Commonwealth countries issuing omnibus stamps (all stamps from the contributing countries adopted the same design.

Australia issued the first of its coronation series on April 1, 1938 with the introduction of the 5/- and 10/- Robes, and on November 1, 1938 the 1 dual effigy of the monarchs were issued; these were printed by John Ash.

Ten years later on January 27, 1948, a year after John Ash retired, the new government printer W.C.G. McCracken issued a a reprint of the 5/- Coronation stamp, and on November 17, 1948 the 10/- issue was reprinted; and in November 1949 the 1 value was reprinted; again there is no explanation as to why.

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Edited by Rob041256 - 07/19/2019 5:52 pm
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