First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
Being a constitutional monarchy, and an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations, New Zealand recognizes Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain as its monarch. The first European to sight New Zealand was the Dutch sea captain Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1642. Tasman faced the defenses of the native Maori people when trying to land two small craft. It was not until 1769, when Captain James Cook of the British navy landed on the North Island and befriended the Maori, that historical documentation of this country began.
This First Day Cover bears two stamps from the 5-stamp portrait series released by New Zealand in honour of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The First Day Cover was postmarked in Wanganui, a principal city of the North Island.