Guernsey Post Unveils Latest Post & Go Stamp Designs

Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau announces the release of its latest Post & Go stamps, which depict the Arms of Guernsey along with some of the island’s landmarks, or local flora and fauna, in the background (stamp issue date: 14 February 2024).

The Arms of Guernsey comprise three lions passant guardant on a red shield and derive from those of England and a seal granted by King Edward I in 1279 for use in the Channel Islands. The Guernsey shield differs from the English Arms and the Jersey Arms with the addition of a sprig placed slightly left of centre on the top of the shield. In 1938, the Royal Court ordered a new seal, which was entrusted to the engraver at the Royal Mint.

The stamps

GY Letter: Located on a tidal rock in Rocquaine Bay, Fort Grey, known locally as the cup and saucer, is a Martello tower built in 1804 to defend Guernsey’s beautiful but treacherous west coast. Today it houses the Shipwreck Museum with a surprising variety of objects recovered from the wrecks.

GY Large Letter: Thanks to its mild maritime climate, Guernsey has an abundance of wildflowers adorning its cliffs, hedge banks and fields from Spring through to Autumn.  The stamp depicts some of the coastal wildflowers found on Guernsey’s colourful clifftops, which are a riot of colour at the beginning of Spring.

UK Letter stamp: A curious Guernsey cow, known for their friendly, docile nature and for producing some of the best milk in the world, which is golden in colour, rich in flavour and with a high nutritional value. 

UK Large Letter: Guernsey is renowned for its fishing, which is commonplace across the Bailiwick. Its waters offer a large range of species available to catch, the most common being Bass, Bream, Garfish (longnose), Mackerel, Pollack and Wrasse.

EURO Letter: Castle Breakwater Lighthouse, which is located at the end of the breakwater by Castle Cornet in St Peter Port. The castle was the harbour defence and was originally a tidal island. In 1859, the breakwater was built to connect it to the harbour.

ROW Letter: Rock pooling is a popular Guernsey past time for children and adults alike. Thanks to its 33-foot tidal range, Guernsey’s unique rock pools are revealed twice a day for exploring and are filled with fascinating creatures waiting to be discovered.

Bridget Yabsley, Guernsey Post’s head of philatelic, said: – “Our Post and Go stamps remain a key fixture as part of our philatelic programme, so we are delighted to release these latest designs depicting the Guernsey Arms, along with popular local scenes and flora and fauna.

“The stamps, which replace the current definitive Guernsey Flag design, will be available to purchase at self-service kiosks located are Guernsey’s main Post Office and at the Market Street Post Office; they will also be available at the Tourist Information Centre for the summer cruise ship season. They are a popular choice for collectors looking to add something different to their collection whilst also providing a quick retail option for customers.”

The stamps will be available to pre-order from 31 January 2024 at www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on +44 (0) 1481 716486.

Guernsey’s Post & Go Stamps 2023 Seasonal Message

Guernsey Stamps announces that two of its Post & Go kiosks will depict a seasonal message during December.

From 1-22 December 2023, the GG02 and GG05 series kiosks, located at the main Post Office at Envoy House, La Vrangue, St Peter Port and at the Market Street Post Office, St Peter Port, will vend the Visiting Cruise Ship Post & Go stamps

Both kiosks will display the overprint message

Priced at £6.32 each of the Post & Go stamp strips will comprise the following values: –
Gsy letter up to 100g
UK letter up to 100g
Gsy large letter up to 100g
EUR letter up to 20g
ROW letter up to 20g
UK large letter up to 100g

The Postal Museum releases new First Day Covers plus Post and Go to mark new exhibition

The Postal Museum is set to mark the opening of the new temporary exhibition Dressed to Deliver with Post & Go stamps from 18th October 2023. The new “The Postal Museum/Dressed to Deliver” overprint will appear on the “Mail by Bike” stamps originally released in February 2016. These six designs celebrate the use of innovative modes of transport from the Pentacycle in 1882 to Quad Bikes in 2002. They also depict the riders wearing a variety of uniforms making them an appropriate way to celebrate the launch of our new exhibition. The overprint will be live from 18th October 2023.

In addition to Post & Go stamps, there will be a range of products available including a First Day Cover. This limited edition of 200 First Day Covers will feature each of the six designs as first-class stamps with the “Dressed to Deliver” overprint. They will be cancelled with the official handstamp for The Postal Museum and are individually numbered. This product is sold exclusively by The Postal Museum.


Also available for purchase will be a limited number of 100 Presentation Packs. These will include a collectors’ strip consisting of all values of the “Mail by Bike” stamps with the “Dressed to Deliver” overprint, enclosed in a fold-out card with information about the exhibition.
The cover and pack will be available in the museum’s shops from 18th October 2023 and for pre-order online from 11th October 2023.

Update on Post & Go:
Following Royal Mail’s announcement on 1st September 2023, the Post & Go Kiosks will close at 5pm on 31st December 2023. Therefore, these will be the last First Day Covers and Presentation Packs that The Postal Museum will produce with overprints from our Post & Go machines. The stamps will be available until 31st December at the A001 Post & Go machine in the TPM welcome space, subject to availability.

The Presentation Packs and First Day Covers will be available on site and online at shop.postalmuseum.org from 18th October until September 2024, subject to availability. Pre-order online from 11th October 2023, delivery from 17th October 2023 onwards.

Further information:
Please note, there will be no new overprint in the Mail Rail Post & Go machine (A013). The image of the First Day Cover is a mock-up of the final product which will be cancelled with the official handstamp for The Postal Museum.

Two Post & Go machines are available at The Postal Museum throughout the museum’s opening hours. Every purchase helps support The Postal Museum.

Guernsey will celebrate the 2023 Guernsey Island Gameswith an overprint on Post & Go Flag stamps

Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau is delighted to announce that it will release a Post & Go overprint to celebrate and commemorate the NatWest International Island Games XIX, to be held in Guernsey from 8-14 July.

The Post & Go Guernsey flag stamp designs will vend on Guernsey’s Post & Go GG02 kiosk and the Market Street GG05 kiosk from Fri 7th July – Fri 14th July and will bear the following overprint: –

Guernsey Island
Games – July 2023

Guernsey Post’s head of philatelic, Bridget Yabsley said: – ‘The Games first began in 1985 when the Isle of Man brought together athletes from 15 small islands around the world for a sporting festival called the ‘Inter-Island Games’. It has since grown to include 24 member islands.’

‘The Games are a significant event in Guernsey’s sporting calendar and the third time it has hosted the Games. We will welcome around 2,800 athletes, coaches and officials and locals will have the opportunity to support and watch athletes compete in 14 different sports.’

Notes:
Guernsey Post has also released a set of 7 stamps commemorating the Island Games, these are available to purchase via the website www.guernseystamps.com