The Crown Jewels

Issued on 23 August 2011, the Crown Jewels stamps feature some of the most important and iconic pieces from this fabulous collection; with images specifically chosen to reflect their beauty and intricate workmanship.

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the making of many of the items featured on the stamps, which were created for the coronation of King Charles in 1661, following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660.


2011 (August 23 2011)
Commemorative

Designed by Purpose
Size 37mm (h) x 35mm (v)
Printed by Cartor Security Print
Print Process Lithography
Perforations 14 x 14.5
Gum PVA

Stamps

The Crown Jewels 1st Stamp (2011) The Sovereignís Sceptre with Cross

The Sovereignís Sceptre with Cross

1st
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Originally fashioned in 1661 and so called because it is surmounted by a cross. In 1905, it was redesigned to incorporate the Great Star of Africa, the second largest cut diamond in the world. During the coronation, the monarch bears the Sceptre with Cross in the right hand.


The Crown Jewels 1st Stamp (2011) St Edward's Crown

St Edward's Crown

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The Crown originally made in 1661 has 444 precious stones and is the one with which monarchs are crowned when they ascend the throne. It is reputed to have been made with gold recovered from the throne of Alfred the Great.


The Crown Jewels 68p Stamp (2011) Rod and Sceptre with Doves

Rod and Sceptre with Doves

68p
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The Sovereignís Sceptre with Doves was made in 1661. The Dove symbolises the Holy Ghost. During the coronation, the monarch bears this sceptre in the left hand. The smaller rod, where the doveís wings are closed, is used by the consort.


The Crown Jewels 68p Stamp (2011) Queen Maryís Crown

Queen Maryís Crown

68p
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Queen Mayís Crown was the consort crown of Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of King George V. It was manufactured for the coronation of George and Mary in 1911. Since Queen Maryís death on 24 March 1953, her crown has remained unworn.


The Crown Jewels 76p Stamp (2011) The Sovereignís Orb

The Sovereignís Orb

76p
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The Orb was created for the coronation of King Charles II in 1661. It is a hollow gold sphere weighing 42 ounces. The Orb is a religious symbol; it represents the Monarch's role as Defender of the Faith and as Supreme Governor of the Church of England.


The Crown Jewels 76p Stamp (2011) Jewelled Sword of Offering

Jewelled Sword of Offering

76p
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The Jewelled Sword of Offering was made for the Coronation of King George IV. It is the only sword actually presented to the Sovereign during the Coronation (by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to signify that the royal power is at the service of the church).


The Crown Jewels £1.10 Stamp (2011) Imperial State Crown

Imperial State Crown

£1.10
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The Imperial State Crown was made in 1937 for King George VI. Among the stones are several famous ones, including the Black Princeís Ruby and the Cullinan II diamond, also known as the Lesser Star of Africa. The crown is worn after the conclusion of the coronation ceremony when the monarch leaves Westminster Abbey and at the annual State Opening of Parliament.


The Crown Jewels £1.10 Stamp (2011) Coronation Spoon

Coronation Spoon

£1.10
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Dating from the 12th century the spoon was the only part of the medieval regalia to escape destruction by Cromwell. At the coronation ceremony it is used to anoint the sovereign with holy oil.


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