Charles III cypher appears on first stamps


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13 January 2023
Post offices, including Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man, have issued their first stamps featuring the cypher of King Charles III, as the new 'Carolean stamp era' begins in earnest.

The 'Carolean stamp era' has begun, with a growing number of postage stamps now featuring the cypher of King Charles III.

Guernsey was the first post office to issue a set of stamps replacing the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the official cypher of King Charles III.

The Christmas stamps for both Guernsey and Alderney, were the first to display the cipher of King Charles III, and also depicted illustrations of British pantomime characters.

The new King’s cypher, in the top left hand corner of the stamps, is the Sovereign’s monogram, consisting of his initials C (for Charles) and R (for Rex, the Latin for ‘king’) and a representation of the crown.

Jersey waited until 2023 to reveal their first stamps to feature the cypher.

The Chinese Year of the Rabbit stamp set, issued on 5 January, consisted of a single stamp and a miniature sheet, and is the eighth part of Jersey Post’s series celebrating the Lunar New Year. 

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The Isle of Man's Triskelion Collection is their first set to feature new Royal Cypher. The four-stamp set features Manx’s famous three-legged symbol and was therefore an appropriate subject for this historic first, as Isle of Man Stamps and Coins General Manager, Maxine Cannon explained:

‘How befitting therefore that HM King Charles III Lord of Mann should grant his approval to issue the Triskelion Collection as our first set of Isle of Man stamps to feature his cypher.'

Meanwhile, Canada Post recently revealed its stamp schedule for 2023, and confirmed that the Canada’s first definitive stamp to honour His Majesty King Charles III, who was proclaimed Canada’s new head of state, will be released.

At the time of writing, Royal Mail have yet to reveal a stamp featuring a symbol of King Charles III, the recently issued Iron Maiden stamps still showing the famous silhouette of the late Queen.