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Royal wedding stamps and coins to go on sale

The Local · 10 May 2010, 14:09

Published: 10 May 2010 14:09 GMT+02:00

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The three stamps include portraits of both the princess alone and of the royal couple, as well as one with a crown and the royal couple's monogram.

After the couple announced their engagement on February 24th, 2009, Sweden's post office, Posten, sent the Swedish Court a request to design stamps for the wedding, receiving a positive response almost immediately. The stamps have also won the approval of the princess and her husband-to-be.

The stamps were designed by Kristian Möller and are his first stamp designs. The engraver, Lars Sjööblom, has however worked on more than 400 stamps. The monogram was created by heraldic artist Vladimir Sagerlund of Sweden's National Archives.

"The Court had given us free rein, but I strived to make sure the monogram would fit in with the other royal monograms," Sagerlund said in a statement.

Reading from right to left, the monogram reveals first a right-read D and then the V, the right stem segueing into the stem of the D. The combination is vertically symmetrical.

Sagerlund has designed almost 500 heraldic coats of arms for the public sector and many monograms. This is his first royal monogram.

"Victoria and Daniel's monogram is the first royal monogram in Sweden since Princess Madeleine's in the early 1980s," said Henrik Klackenberg, state herald and keeper of Sweden's national coat of arms, the royal monograms and the coats of arms for authorities and municipalities.

The stamps go on sale on Thursday.

Separately, the Riksbank will issue two commemorative coins for the wedding: a 300 kronor ($40) silver coin and a 4,000 kronor gold coin. The designer is Ernst Nordin.

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The front of the coin shows a portrait of the bride and groom and the text "KRONPRINSESSAN VICTORIA PRINS DANIEL" (Crown Princess Victoria Prince Daniel) as well as the date of the wedding, June 19th, 2010.

The back carries the princess' coat of arms. Below this appears the text "SVERIGE" (Sweden), the denomination of the coin, the initials of Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves and the first letter of the place of issue, Stockholm. Butterflies are also depicted, an image that represents joy and happiness, as well as the bridal couple's future home, Haga Palace.

The coins are sold at face value and the edition is unlimited. The commemorative coins can be ordered from Myntverket until the end of the year.

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Your comments about this article

15:38 May 10, 2010 by peropaco
The magic of airbrush. her chin size has been reduced 30% of poor Daniel doesnt seem as mentally challenged as he does on the original picture.
00:34 May 11, 2010 by double concerto
A very attractive Royal lady. Good to see Royalty thriving in Sweden and many other european countries.
04:06 May 11, 2010 by repat_xpat
Love that fantastic chin. Jay Leno's got nothing on the princess. They should make this money in 3D so you can get the real effect of that ginormous chin!
12:12 May 11, 2010 by La Figaro
No offence but I think its too early for coins and stamps to be produced.
07:35 May 17, 2010 by csence
This bullying about Victoria face and Daniel is really reprehensible. It comes down to jealousy and insecurity. You guys have issues - get help.

They are a beautiful couple. You couldn't find a better person for our future queen and as for Daniel.. wow, what guts, stamina, patience to expose himself to the position of Victoria's husband. Few men could, would or should. it takes a strong man. Put your selves in their shoes, they can't just marry anyone. they have to be scrutinized and approved of by the King, Queen and entire parliament. She was born into it, she has no other choice.

Besides, there is nothing like a grand Royal wedding to lift the mood in a bad economy, and speaking of...what this wedding is going to do to the Swedish economy from tourism etc.... i just read tourism to Swedish castles are up 25%.

Be happy for them.
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