Royal Mail to celebrate King James Bible’s anniversary

The Royal Mail is planning to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible with a series of special stamps.

The commemorative stamps, which are due to be produced next year, have been prompted by numerous requests from members of the general public.

The move has been welcomed by Mervyn Storey, MLA for North Antrim, who was one of those who petitioned.


Mr Storey said: “The Authorized or King James Version of the Bible, is the most influential piece of literature in the English Language.

“However the King James Version didn’t just influence our literature and language. It also had a beneficial influence upon political and constitutional affairs.”

He added: “Some time ago I wrote to the Royal Mail requesting that along with what others are doing the Royal Mail should mark this important anniversary with special commemorative stamps.


“I am glad that it has now responded positively to that request and confirmed that a set of commemorative stamps will be produced in November of this year.

“This is a very welcome decision and one that I know will be appreciated by many people.”

A spokesman for the Royal Mail confirmed the decision, saying: “Royal Mail can confirm that the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised King James Version of the Bible will be marked on a special stamp set to be issued during 2011.”


The stamps are due to be issued towards the end of 2011.

Work on the King James translation began in 1604, at the request of James I of England, and carried on until 1611.

A team of 47 of the best Bible scholars of the day worked on translating the text into English, and the King James translation became the version read by many English speaking nations.

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