The Crown Jewels

34409 | 01.08.2010 | £29.99

Printed by Royal Mail. Designed by Adrian Bradbury
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1st August 2010
The Crown Jewels Stamp Sheet (Smilers®)
A G Bradbury, History of Britain 59
The sheet is limited to 500 numbered copies.
The Crown Jewels dating from the Anglo-Saxon period were probably lost by John of England near The Wash in 1216. New items to replace those lost were made and were joined by the addition of Welsh Prince Llywelyn's coronet in 1284. In 1303, this replacement set was stolen from Westminster Abbey, although most of the jewels, if not all, were recovered days later from a City of London jeweller's shop, with dire consequences for the owner. Since 1303, the Crown Jewels have been stored in the Tower of London.

Oliver Cromwell melted down most of the Crown Jewels of his time after the establishment of the Commonwealth of England in 1649. Upon the Restoration of Charles II of England and Scotland in 1660, most of the lost regalia were replaced. Despite efforts to find the pre-Civil War Crown Jewels, apart from gold from the melted treasures and a few gem stones, the only intact pieces to survive are three swords and one spoon. Some details of what was lost can be found in the inventory made of the Crown Jewels by order of Parliament in 1649.

This stamp sheet marks the 350th anniversary of the restoration of the Crown Jewels in 1660 on the orders of Charles II, which were then used for his coronation the following year.

Text courtesy of Wikipedia