The Royal Mail will issue a set of 8 stamps to mark the 350th Anniversary of the coronation of King Charles II.
As most of the crown jewels had been broken up during the time of the Cromwell’s Commonwealth a new set had to be created for the occasion. The only piece shown here that pre-dates Charles’s coronation is the anointing spoon.
1st Class – The Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross
From 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 the cross in the right hand.
1st Class – St Edward’s Crown
68p – Rod & Sceptre with Doves
68p – Queen Mary’s Crown
76p – The Sovereign’s Orb
76p – The Jeweled Sword of Offering
£1.10 – Imperial State Crown
£1.10 – Coronation Spoon