Friday, September 02, 2011

Own a Set of the British Crown Jewels

A tip of the tongs to Caroline Stephenson who graciously sent the Round-Up several presentation packs of the new British Crown Jewels stamps which were released earlier this week.

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 II in 1661, following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 according to the British Postal Museum and Archive website.

It goes on to say, "Over the years the Crown Jewels have been added to and remodelled for various members of the royal family and royal occasions, but they still remain, as they have done since the initial collection was established in 1303, in the Tower of London.

"Crowns, tiaras and regalia have been a feature of many previous commemorative and definitive stamps, notably the stamps issued in 1978 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. On these stamps the St Edward’s Crown, the Sovereign’s Orb and the Imperial State Crown appeared, although not in dazzling full colour as on the new stamps."

The stamps, first day covers and other products are available from the Royal Mail website.

Shown above, inside of the Crown Jewels presentation pack and the first day of issue cancels.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Crown Jewels and other related stamps.

PS - The first individual to e-mail me with the name of the person who melted down most of the original British crown jewels will receive one of the presentation packs Caroline sent me. Be sure to include your mailing address.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM