The Crown of Swords is the crown worn by the king of Illian. It was formerly known as the Laurel Crown but was renamed by the current king Rand al'Thor. It was renamed because it contains small swords hidden amongst the laurel leaves that prick his skull. The crown was first seen in one of the first of Min's viewings:
"A sword that isn't a sword, a golden crown of laurel leaves..."
The crown is noted to be very heavy due to the amount of gold put into making it, and the swords provide much discomfort. Recently, during Rand's battle with the Seanchan, one of the swords acquired a chip in it.