Guernsey stamps

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Flag of Guernsey

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy.

The Bailiwick, as a governing entity, embraces not only all 10 parishes on the Island of Guernsey, but also the islands of Herm, Jethou, Burhou, and Lihou and their islet possessions. The Bailiwick of Guernsey also administers some aspects of two nearby crown dependencies (Alderney and Sark), and the island of Brecqhou.

Although its defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Guernsey is not part of the UK; and while it participates in the Common Travel Area, it is not part of the European Union.

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                   See: Great Britain


Scott: #56P,#57P,#58P,#59P

Issued: 1.6.1971

Thomas de la Rue, Founder of Security Printers

Hong kong #1 for #56 Inside #56: Hong Kong #1O

#22 Inside #57: GB #22O

#26 Inside #58: Italy #26P

US Conferate States #6 for # 59 Inside #59: US Conferate States #6O


Scott: #426P,#427P,#428P,#429P,#430P

Issued: 3.5.1990

150th Anniversary, Penny Black


#1 HH Inside #426: GB #1 [T-A]

Visit: The Penny Black Plate project

#3 Inside #427: GB #3 P

#255 Inside #428: GB #255 P

#2 Inside #429: Guernsey #2 P

#10 Inside #430: Guernsey #10 P

Scott: #430aP


Scott: #430bO

Issued to promote Guernsey participation at the New Zealand 1990 exhibition

Thanks to Lou for scan and info


Scott: #446P,#447P,#448P

Issued: 8.2.1991

50th Anniversary, Occupation Stamps


Inside #446-8: Guernsey #N1-#N3O


Scott: #452O,#449-451

Issued: 1.4.1991

Europa 1991


Inside #452: Guernsey Type A3O


Scott: #523O,#520-522,#524

Issued: 27.7.1993

Birth Bicentennial, Thomas de la Rue, Printer

#22 Inside #523: GB #22O

Scan not available

Scott: #523aO (Booklet pane of 4)


Scott: #597-602O

Issued: 21.8.1997


Flowers 2x2v from booklets Inside #601: Guernsey #584aO

Scott: #680-3O

Issued: 27.4.1999

Herm, Our Island Jewel

Inside #680-3: Herm Island Local Carriage Labels


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Herm Island Local Carriage Labels – 1954

 (Thanks to Lou for the scans)


Herm is an island off Guernsey's east coast, just one and a half miles long by half a mile wide, and 15 minutes away by boat. It makes an admirable subject for this year's Europa issue, Nature Reserves and Parks. When the States of Guernsey bought the island from the British Government in 1946 and set about

finding a tenant to run it, the following proviso was imposed: "That the governing principle... shall be to ensure that the natural attractions and peacefulness of that island are preserved and are made available to all who visit it".

When Peter and Jenny Wood took over the tenancy in 1949 Herm was derelict and overgrown. They gradually enhanced the countryside, repaired the buildings, made the island fit for visitors and the Bailiwick of Guernsey gained a wonderful new attraction which has captured the hearts of thousands over the years. The stamps combine new designs with detail from some of Herm's carriage labels, on the 50th anniversary of their introduction. The labels (not strictly speaking stamps) were used until 1969, when the Guernsey Post Office took over control of its own affairs from the British Post Office and opened a sub-post office in Herm.

The larger part of the stamp design features the Burnet Rose on dunes behind Shell Beach, while the four-doubles (the Bailiwick's old unit of currency equivalent to one old penny) carriage label shows the Yellow Horned Poppy, Yellow Flag Iris and Wallflower. Here we see Puffins on the cliffs with Belvoir Bay in the distance, while the 5d. (five pre-decimal pence) carriage label shows

the Kentish Plover, Oystercatcher and Common Tern.

The Small Heath butterfly is a common sight around the island; the 6d. (six pre-decimal pence) carriage label shows a Red Admiral and a Painted Lady.

Shell Beach, named for the amazing variety of shells washed up by the Gulf Stream, is one of Herm's most famous features.

Here we depict the Variegated Scallop, Dogwhelk, European Cowrie and Painted Topshell, while the one shilling (equivalent to five new pence) carriage label shows the Garfish and the Ballan Wrasse.




Lou wrote: I really like this set design wise, and I found it interesting that it gave some legitimacy to the Herm Island carriage labels that were so disparaged during the time they were being issued.  Also, I liked the fact that the designer used the imperf proofs instead of the regular perfed stamps.  Originally, I thought the sos were shown imperf because they looked neater, but it turns out that when the Herm Island shop was asked for stamps to use for the designs, they were sold out of the perfed stamps and could only supply the imperf proofs.  I was able to pick up a set of the proofs very cheaply at a local show - from Gt Britain they sell for £ 6.00.

What I had not been aware of when the stamps were issued, is that they were printed in decorated sheetlets of 10 stamps, with background info and enlargements of the label and stamp artwork without inscriptions. 


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The designer, Colleen Corlett, was very kind and sent us "in progress plates" of the full set.

Thanks to Colleen Corlett:

Scott: #????-?O

Issued: 31.7.2013

The 200th Anniversary of the Guernsey Press and Star

 Inside #???: Guernsey #N1

Thanks to Prof. Plinio Richelmi and Martin Hirschbühl

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Scott: #????O

Issued: 01.05.2015

175th Anniversary of The Penny Black

gt britain 1 Q-B  1840 Inside #????: G.B. #1 [Q-B]

Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Prof. Plinio Richelmi

Scott: #????O

Issued: 11.11.2015

Stories From the Great War, Part 2

 Inside #????: G.B. #128c (rose ink printing 1911)

The stamp is reproduced from a letter from a Guernsey soldier to his sweetheart; the purposely angled placement on the envelope has a secret meaning: "Longing to see you again"

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Best website related:

Guernsey Post - Philatelic Bureau

Peter Gladman