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01 April 2020

EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes (Mail Ships)

Guernsey: EUROPA – Ancient Postal Routes/Mail Ships 1 April 2020. Images from Guernsey Stamps and Collectibles.

Date of Issue: 1 April 2020
Designer: Andrew Robinson
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Values: 50p, 68p, 70p, 85p, 95p, £1.02
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 30mm deep x 42mm wide
Paper: PVA Gummed 110gsm
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 13.25 x 13.5
Cylinder: A

1st April sees the issue of our Europa set entitled ‘Mail Ships’ and is part of the 2020 theme of Ancient Postal Routes. They feature six mail and packet ships that sailed between Guernsey and the United Kingdom.

Before air mail took off in the twentieth century, sending post to the Channel Islands was only possible by sea and crossing the busy Channel could be a dangerous business, not only because of bad weather, but the very real threat of privateers and shipwrecks too.

50p: Earl of Chesterfield

85p: Alberta

68p: Ariadne

95p: Isle of Guernsey

70p: Antelope

£1.02: Sarnia

Please Note: If you have a standing order with Guernsey Stamps, the April 1st issues will be dispatched at the beginning of May with the May 2nd issues.

Sheet of 10 (Europa 68p) will be available to pre-order on 18th March 2020

EUROPA sheets are produced in sheets of ten. This enables collectors to obtain cost-effective sheets of each value with the name of the designer, printer and printer’s information and ‘traffic lights’.

Sheet of 10 (Europa 85p) will be available to pre-order on 18th March 2020

Sheets of 10 (50p, 70p, 95p, £1.02) will be available to pre-order on 18th March 2020.

Set of 6 Postcards will be available to pre-order on 18th March 2020.

A set of 6 traditional postcards showing the six images used on the stamp designs.

A set of six postcards featuring the Mail Ships featured on the stamp issue with the associated stamp cancelled on the front of the card.

Traditional set of 6 postcards for the Mail Ships, cancelled on the reverse of each postcard.

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