1953 Coronation Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus

Commemorating the Coronation

Date: 4th June 1953
Common Cachet: Stamped – ERII CORONATION QUEEN ELIZABETH II FIRST DAY COVER
Stamp: 1½d Bermuda omnibus issue

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation omnibus FDC

Type: First Day Cover
CDS: -4JUN53B ST. GEORGES BERMUDA
Cachet: COMMEMORATING THE CORONATION OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH JUNE 2 1953
Address: John Lister Ltd. 186 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation FDC

Type: First Day Cover
CDS: -4JUN53B ST. GEORGES BERMUDA
Cachet: Coronation H. M. Queen Elizabeth II June 2nd. 1953 (front). Issued by the authority of The British Philatelic Association & The Philatelic Traders’ Society (reverse)

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation FDC

Type: First Day Cover
CDS: -4JUN53B HAMILTON BERMUDA
Cachet: Coronation H. M. Queen Elizabeth II June 2nd. 1953 (front). Issued by the authority of The British Philatelic Association & The Philatelic Traders’ Society
(reverse)
Address: R. A. Fountain, Box 122, Hamilton, BDA.
Stamps: Block of 4 x 1½d Bermuda omnibus issue

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Postcard FDC

Type: First Day of Issue Postcard
CDS: -4JUN53B ST. GEORGES BERMUDA
Image and Text: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Postcard: TUCK’S POST CARD CARTE POSTALE. Seal: The World’s Art Service Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. Seal:By Appointment Fine Art Publishers. Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. Fine Art publishers by appointment to the late King George VI, H.M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and H.M. Queen Mary. Printed in England No. 1168
Address: Mrs Raymond L. Myers, “Durnford Cottage”, St. George’s, Bermuda.

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Postcard reverse FDC

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation FDC

Type: First Day Cover
CDS: -4JUN53B ST. GEORGES BERMUDA
Cachet: FIRST DAY OF ISSUE Elizabeth II BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND THE BRITISH DOMINIONS BEYOND THE SEAS QUEEN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH
Stamps: Block of 4 x 1½d Bermuda omnibus issue

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation block of 4 FDC

CDS: -4JUN53A SOMERSET BRIDGE BERMUDA
Registration Label: Somerset Bridge, Bermuda No. 0787
Address: Rock Road, Torquay, Devon, England
Stamp: Block of 4 x 1½d Bermuda omnibus issue

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation block of 4 reverse FDC

Backstamp: 20 JUN 53 REGISTERED TORQUAY DEVON

1953 ERII Coronation FDC

CDS: -4JUN53B ST. GEORGES BERMUDA
Printed cachet: Commemorating Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
Address: W. A. White, Engine Lane, Lye, Stourbridge, England.
Envelope: Aspley Cream Laid. A John Dickinson Product (embossed reverse)
Stamp: 1½d Bermuda omnibus issue

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation omnibus Air Letter FDC

Type: Overprinted Air Letter
CDS: -4JUN53B HAMILTON BERMUDA
Overprinted cachet: CORONATION H. M. QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2nd JUNE 1953
Address: Harold Cocker, 42 Russell Street, Bolton, Lancs., England.
Envelope: The Aspley Air Letter. Form approved by Postmaster General No. 71995/IN Overprinted by Cocker of Bolton
Stamps: Block of 4 x 1½d Bermuda omnibus issue

1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation omnibus Air Letter FDC reverse

About the Omnibus issue

Key facts

Designer/Engraver: Bradbury Wilkinson & Co Ltd
Printers: De La Rue / Bradbury Wilkinson & Co Ltd
Process: Recess-Printed
Perforation: 13½ x 14
Watermark: Multiple Script CA
Release Date: 4th June 1953

Issuing territories: 62 common design and 16 local designs
Number of stamps: 106

Coronation issue

Standard issue – list of issuing territories

  1. Aden
  2. Aden – Kathiri State of Seiyun
  3. Aden – Qu’aiti State of Shihr and Mukalla
  4. Antigua
  5. Ascension
  6. Bahamas
  7. Barbados
  8. Basutoland
  9. Bechuanaland Protectorate
  10. Bermuda
  11. British Guiana
  12. British Honduras
  13. British Solomon Islands
  14. Cayman Islands
  15. Cyprus
  16. Dominica
  17. Falkland Islands
  18. Falkland Islands Dependencies
  19. Fiji
  20. Gambia
  21. Gibraltar
  22. Gilbert & Ellice Islands
  23. Gold Coast
  24. Grenada
  25. Hong Kong
  26. Jamaica
  27. Kenya Uganda Tanganyika
  28. Leeward Islands
  29. Malaya – Johore
  30. Malaya – Kedah
  31. Malaya – Kelantan
  32. Malaya – Malacca
  33. Malaya – Negri Sembilan
  34. Malaya – Pahang
  35. Malaya – Penang
  36. Malaya – Perak
  37. Malaya – Perlis
  38. Malaya – Selangor
  39. Malaya – Trengganu
  40. Malta
  41. Mauritius
  42. Montserrat
  43. New Hebrides Condominium
  44. Nigeria
  45. North Borneo
  46. Northern Rhodesia
  47. Nyasaland
  48. Pitcairn Islands
  49. St Helena
  50. St Christopher Nevis Anguilla
  51. St Lucia
  52. St Vincent
  53. Sarawak
  54. Seychelles
  55. Sierra Leone
  56. Malaya Singapore
  57. Somaliland Protectorate
  58. Swaziland
  59. Trinidad and Tobago
  60. Tristan Da Cunha
  61. Turks and Caicos Islands
  62. Virgin Islands

Local design – list of issuing territories

  1. Australia (3)
  2. Bahrain (GB overprints)
  3. British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia* (GB overprints)
  4. Canada (1)
  5. Ceylon (1)
  6. Cook Islands (2)
  7. Great Britain (4)
  8. Kuwait (GB overprints)
  9. Morocco Agencies – Tangier (GB overprints)
  10. New Zealand (5)
  11. Nieu (2)
  12. South Africa (1)
  13. South West Africa (5)
  14. Southern Rhodesia (1)
  15. Tokelau Islands (1)
  16. Westerm Samoa (2)

*British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia issued early postage stamps used in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Qatar. Muscat and Dubai relied on Indian postal administration until 1 April 1948 when, following the Partition of India, British agencies were established there. Two agencies were opened in Qatar: at Doha (August 1950) and Umm Said (February 1956). In Abu Dhabi, an agency was opened on Das Island in December 1960 and in Abu Dhabi City on 30 March 1963. The agencies also supplied stamps to Bahrain until 1960; and to Kuwait during shortages in 1951–53.

The agency in Dubai issued the Trucial States stamps on 7 January 1961. As each state took over its own postal administration, the offices closed. Closure dates were: Qatar on 23 May 1963; Dubai on 14 June 1963; Abu Dhabi on 29 March 1964; finally Muscat on 29 April 1966.

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