The stamp issued for the coronation of Elizabeth II was the only deliberate
unilateral issue of the Condominium. First day of issue: June 2nd, 1953.
Printed by De La Rue.
Sold quantity: about 357,000.
Commercial covers are quite scarce. 60 "Specimen" stamps are said to exist - we have never seen one.
The 1953 Queen Elisabeth II Coronation Stamp.
S.-G.: 79-Yv: 166
Sc. : **-Mi: 163
18 June 1956
The 1953 Queen stamp was the only one issued without a French inscription. The Santo
island being inhabited by French settlers mainly objected to this fact. Therefore the Queen's face was masked with a dummy handstamp. (Merot coll.)
QE II with dumb cancel
QE II stamp with dumb cancel