Royal Mail will issue eight Crown Jewels stamps on August 23.

 

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.

 

Among these were the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross and St Edward’s Crown (both 1st class), Rod and Sceptre with Doves (68p) and the Sovereign’s Orb (76p).

 

The 12th century Coronation Spoon (£1.10) was the only piece of medieval state regalia to escape destruction under the orders of Oliver Cromwell.  Other Crown Jewels featured are the Queen Mary’s Crown (68p), Jewelled Sword of Offering (76p) and the Imperial State Crown (£1.10).