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Design rendering by Edmund Dulac for one of the 1953 Coronation stamps
Original sketch of 1953 Coronation stamp
Design rendering by Edmund Dulac for one of the 1953 Coronation stamps. The actual stamp using this design was a different value; other changes included the shape of the crown and the lettering of the initials E R.
Original sketch of 1953 Coronation stamp
Design rendering by Edmund Dulac for one of the 1953 Coronation stamps. The actual stamp using this design was a different value; other changes included the shape of the crown and the lettering of the initials E R.

Queen Elizabeth II became Queen on February 6, 1952, on the death of her father. Her Coronation was held more than a year later, on June 2, 1953. Among the many events marking the occasion was the issuance of a special Coronation set of postage stamps. The stamps were actually issued June 3, since post offices were closed on Coronation Day.

The four stamp designs, all reviewed and approved by The Queen, were each by a different designer. Three incorporated a three-quarter view of The Queen based on a photograph by Dorothy Wilding. The fourth was designed by the artist Edmund Dulac and used Dulac's own artwork.

Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp

Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, two pence halfpenny, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, two pence halfpenny, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, two pence halfpenny, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, four pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, four pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, four pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, 1 shilling and three pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, 1 shilling and three pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, 1 shilling and three pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, 1 shilling and six pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, 1 shilling and six pence, approved March 31, 1953.
Final essay, 1953 Coronation stamp, 1 shilling and six pence, approved March 31, 1953.

A veteran stamp designer, Dulac had also created the 1937 Coronation stamp of Elizabeth's parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, as well as several other stamps. He died, at the age of 71, a few days before the 1953 Coronation stamps were issued.

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