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14 November 2013

Jersey's Royal Mace featured on an unusual Jersey Miniature Sheet

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Jersey Post commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Royal Mace of the Bailiff of Jersey with a striking Miniature Sheet. The subject of the issue, the outstandingly crafted ceremonial Royal Mace, was presented to the Bailiff of Jersey in 1663, by King Charles II, to thank the island for its loyalty to the crown and affording him refuge and protection whist in exile during England’s period under Parliamentarian rule.

The Miniature Sheet features a detailed close up of the head of the Mace and displays the phrase 'Not all doth he deem worthy of such a reward'  in metallic gold ink. The phrase is a translation from the Latin inscription, expressing King Charles II’s gratitude, engraved on the knop at the foot of the Mace. 

“The story behind Jersey’s Royal Mace is a fascinating one and a perfect subject for a philatelic issue,”  said Chris Elligott, Philatelic Product Manager at Jersey Post. “It is not only a beautiful piece of craftsmanship but also a unique symbol in documenting Jersey’s part in the history of the British constitution.”

The Miniature Sheet itself is an unusual format and is presented vertically on the First Day Cover envelope to emulate the actual Mace’s standing position when on ceremony as a mark of authority in Jersey’s Royal Court and the Assembly of the States of Jersey.
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