Many modern British stamps have been criticised for being essentially a photograph with the Queen’s head and inscription added, and that’s just what this one is. But what a stunner!

A single specimen of autumn crocus is lit classically against a black background, highlighting the stem and flower’s varying hues of light green, purple, puce and white. The colours combine with the angle of the petals to the lens, suggesting a raised hand, to make this a breathtaking composition.

Design: Alfred Lammer.
Printing: gravure by Harrisons.