Royal Mail celebrates the 400th anniversary of The King James Bible on this year’s Christmas stamps.
The King James Bible has been described as “the noblest monument of English prose”, which shaped the way people write and speak English. Seven stamps will be issued which draw on significant events from the Nativity inspired by verses from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.
2nd Class – Joseph visited by the Angel
Inspired by Matthew 1:21 where the angel tells the sleeping Joseph: ‘And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins’
1st Class – Madonna and Child
Inspired by Matthew 1:23, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us’
68p – Baby Jesus in the Manger
Inspired by Luke 2:7, ‘And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn’.
£1.10 – Shepherds visited by the Angel
Inspired by Luke 2:10, ‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people’.
£1.65 Wise Men and Star
Inspired by Matthew 2:10: ‘When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy’.
Title: Christmas 2011 – GB
Date of Issue: 8 November 2011
Denominations: 2nd Class, 1st Class, 68p, £1.10, £1.65