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: #56-9P

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: #446-8P

Issued: 8.2.1991

50th Anniversary, Occupation Stamps


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

guernsey 448a  prestige bklt 1991  $ 8 00 (2)

Guernsey Prestige Booklet #448aP 3 panes: 448a IP, 448a IIP, 448a IIIP

guernsey 452

Scott: #425O

Issued: 27.02.1990

Europa 1990

sos guernsey  297  1984 Inside #425: Guernsey #297O

Lou wrote: Last night, I was trolling the internet, not looking for anything in particular, when a stamp from Guernsey caught my eye. Part of a set issued for Europa 1990, Guernsey #425 showed a postal clerk and customer, but on the wall behind them there appeared to be a vague stamp. I scanned the issue, and on enlarging it, I felt it was possibly an identifiable stamp showing an actual place.  It occurred to me that the designer probably created his art using an actual post office photograph, and since the stamp filled a background space, he kept it in his work.

I went to Delcampe and entered a search for "Guernsey views".  A very few minutes later, I found the stamp-- Guernsey #297, issued in 1984 as part of a long set showing various tourist sites around Guernsey. Pictured is a view of La Coupée, a one hundred mile roadway on the isthmus between Big Sark and Little Sark Islands.

This Sos may not be for everyone, but I thought it was a bit exciting to find it thirty-one years after its issue, so I decided to share my find. I've already found both stamps and a first day cover to add to my collection.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #452P

Issued: 1.4.1991

Europa 1991

guernsey 452 

sos guernsey 13  1969 Inside #452: Guernsey #13O

sos guernsey 12  1969 Inside #452: Guernsey #12P

sos guernsey 15  1969 Inside #452: Guernsey #15P

sos guernsey 14   1969 Inside #452: Guernsey #14O

guernsey 452

sos guernsey fdc 1969

Guernsey FCD 1969

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #520-4P

Issued: 27.7.1993

Birth Bicentennial, Thomas de la Rue, Printer

#22 Inside #523: GB #22O


Scott: #523aP


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


sos herm is BF 27 P imperf proof 1954sos%20herm%20is%20B&F%2030

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:


Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl

Scott: #1214-9O

Issued: 31.7.2013

The 200th Anniversary of the Guernsey Press and Star

 Inside #1216: Guernsey #N1O

Thanks to Prof. Plinio Richelmi and Martin Hirschbühl

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Scott: #1300O

Issued: 01.05.2015

175th Anniversary of The Penny Black

gt britain 1 Q-B  1840 Inside #1300: G.B. #1 [Q-B]

Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Prof. Plinio Richelmi

guernsey  sos 11 11 15

Scott: #1328O

Issued: 11.11.2015

Stories From the Great War, Part 2

sos gt britain 128c- rose  1911 Inside #1328: G.B. #128c (rose ink printing 1911) P

guernsey fdc

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

guernsey  6 v--10 1 19

Scott: #????-?P

Issued: 01.10.2019

50th Anniversary of Postal Independence

Inside #????a:

sos guernsey 145  1977

Guernsey #145P

Guernsey #8PP

Guernsey #38O

Guernsey #34O

Guernsey #J3O

Inside #????b:

sos guernsey 194  1979

sos guernsey 251  1982

sos guernsey 283  1985

sos guernsey 305  1984

Guernsey #194O

Guernsey #182O

Guernsey #251O

Guernsey #283P

Guernsey #305O

Inside #????c:

sos guernsey 410  1989

sos guernsey 429  1990

sos guernsey 502  1992

sos guernsey 419  1989

sos guernsey 488  1992

Guernsey #410P

Guernsey #429P

Guernsey #502O

Guernsey #419O

Guernsey #488O

Inside #????d:

sos guernsey 663  1999

sos guernsey 538  1994

sos guernsey 679  1999

Guernsey #544O

Guernsey #703O

Guernsey #663O

Guernsey #538O

Guernsey #679O

Inside #????e:

sos guernsey 991  2008

sos guernsey 859  2005

sos guernsey 950  2007

Guernsey #991O

Guernsey #859O

Guernsey #809O

Guernsey #950O

Guernsey #795O

Inside #????f:

sos guernsey 1220  2013

sos guernsey 1250  2013

sos guernsey 1132  2011

sos guernsey 1145  2011

sos guernsey      2019

Guernsey #1220O

Guernsey #1250O

Guernsey #1132O

Guernsey #1145O

Guernsey #???? (2019) O

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #????-?O

Issued: 10.06.2021


 Inside #????-?: Guernsey #????-? (Self SOS)

Scott: #????-?O

Issued: 19.07.2023

Guernsey Regional Stamps

 Inside #????: G.B. #269O

 Inside #????: G.B. #270O

 Inside #????: Guernsey Regional #1O

#2 Inside #????: Guernsey Regional #2P

 Inside #????: Guernsey Regional #3O

Guernsey, on July 19, 2023 issued four stamps noting Guernsey Regional Stamps. 

On the first two values are Gt Britain #269-270, issued in 1948 to commemorate the third anniversary of the liberation of the Channel Islands from German Occupation at the end of WWII. This is not noted on either stamp as the British government did not want any reference to remind the people of the hardships suffered during the war. The designs of both stamps showed vraiking, a word in the local old language for the collection of winter seaweed on the beaches, which was stored for use as fuel or fertilizer. The issue was sold in Gt Britain and all the Channel Islands, but was not popular anywhere. British collectors thought the stamps were ugly and had no idea what was being depicted on them,  on Jersey they complained the stamp subject did not relate to them, and on Guernsey they were insulted that the old use of carts was shown when they were using  trucks.  In any case, tho they are British stamps, they are considered by many (and the Guernsey Post) to be the first Guernsey regional stamps.

The other two stamps depict the three stamps actually produced to be Guernsey regionals. When issued in 1958 thru 1966 they were listed in Scott's as such, but after Guernsey became postally independent in 1969 and began issuing stamps, Scott's moved them to the beginning of the Guernsey listings as #s 1-2-3. What is interesting is that Guernsey is not named on the stamps, but in addition to the bust of QEII, the crown of William the Conqueror or William of Normandy and the Guernsey lily, symbolic of Guernsey are shown. The stamps were sold in Gt Britain as well as Guernsey, and valid for postage in both.

On all four stamps are first day cancels for the five stamps depicted.

In addition to a fdc, the issue will be available in a very good looking, but expensive prestige booklet, even more expensive, but beautiful sheetlets of 10 with margins showing enlarged stamps and a presentation pack.


Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Best website related:

Guernsey Post - Philatelic Bureau

Peter Gladman


Wish List

Guernsey Regional #1

Guernsey Regional #3


Guernsey #N1-#N3

sos guernsey 13  1969

Guernsey #13

sos guernsey 14   1969

Guernsey #14

Guernsey #34

Guernsey #38

Guernsey #J3

Guernsey #182

sos guernsey 194  1979

Guernsey #194

sos guernsey 251  1982

Guernsey #251

sos guernsey  297  1984

Guernsey #297

sos guernsey 305  1984

Guernsey #305

sos guernsey 419  1989

Guernsey #419

guernsey 452

Guernsey #425

sos guernsey 441  1990 margin upper rt

Guernsey #441 for Liberia

sos guernsey 442  1990

Guernsey #442 for Guinea, Liberia

sos guernsey 443  1990  margin upper rt

Guernsey #443 for Liberia

sos guernsey 444 1990

Guernsey #444 for Liberia

sos guernsey 488  1992

Guernsey #488

sos guernsey 494 1992

Guernsey #494 for Hong Kong

sos guernsey 502  1992

Guernsey #502

Guernsey #544

sos guernsey 538  1994

Guernsey #538

Flowers 2x2v from booklets

Guernsey #584a


Scott: #597-602

sos guernsey 663  1999

Guernsey #663

sos guernsey 679  1999

Guernsey #679

Scott: #680-3

Guernsey #703

Guernsey #795

Guernsey #809

sos guernsey 859  2005

Guernsey #859

sos guernsey 950  2007

Guernsey #950

sos guernsey 991  2008

Guernsey #991

sos guernsey 1220  2013

Guernsey #1220

sos guernsey 1250  2013

Guernsey #1250

sos guernsey 1132  2011

Guernsey #1132

sos guernsey 1145  2011

Guernsey #1145

Scott: #1216

sos guernsey      2019

Guernsey #???? (2019)

Scott: #????-?O

Scott: #????-?O