Friday, January 27, 2006
King Edward VIII Coronation Stamps
King Edward VIII was king for only 10 months, and never crowned. After becoming king in 1936, four definitive stamps were issued but they caused controversy in the design world because of their stark and innovative simplicity.
As a result, the typographer Eric Gill was asked to design another set of stamps to be issued at the time of the King's coronation. He based his designs on the Royal Mint’s medal showing the King crowned. Work continued on the design up to the final week of Edward’s reign but because he abdicated to marry Mrs Simpson, the stamps were never issued.
Extracted from British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA)Courtesy: http://www.postalheritage.org.uk