Guernsey Post issues A LOT of stamps, both under its own name and that of the nearby island of Alderney. In fact, it issues so many stamps that is has made one site’s list “of the Commonwealth’s greediest postal authorities as judged by the number of philatelic items (basic postage stamps, miniature sheets, sheetlets, machine-dispensed stamps, booklets, stamps for personalisation, ‘collectors sheets’)” released during the course of a year. In 2021, this meant the issuance of 97 stamps (down considerably from the 342 seen in 2019).

The release schedule can be quite deceptive. While Alderney alone has five sets scheduled for 2022, each spaced several months apart. almost every issue includes six to eight different stamps — each on its own separate sheet — and usually a miniature sheet containing the same number of stamps. For many commemorations, one or two stamps would have been sufficient with four at the most (all on the same should) would even be desirable. There are also regular Post & Go ATM labels, usually treated on the same level as the commemorative postage stamps and Guernsey in recent years has been issuing what it calls “quartet series” with four stamps of same basic design issued throughout the year with a final miniature sheet bringing them together.

The majority of the designs are quite beautiful, the main complaint being that there are just too many of them (and, thus, extremely expensive to try and obtain year sets.

In the first five months of 2022, there have been 14 stamps released bearing the name of Alderney (plus another six stamps in a miniature sheet) while Guernsey has weighed-in with a total of 28 stamps, eight ATM franking labels, eight stamps in miniature sheets, and one souvenir sheet.


Alderney & Guernsey: Jan-May 2022

 

19

January

2022

Guernsey

Lunar New Year 2022: Year of the Tiger


 6 stamps in sheets of 10 stamps for each design, 1 miniature sheet of 6 stamps

Specification
Date of Issue: 19 January 2022
Designer: Chrissy Lau
Values: 50p, 70p, 73p, £1, £1.15, £1.20
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 30mm deep x 40mm wide
Sheet Size: 100mm deep x 140mm wide
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 13.33 x 13.60
Cylinder: A

50p stamp: Stretching Tiger
70p stamp: Coin Tiger
73p stamp: Longevity Tiger
£1 stamp: Lantern Dreams
£1.15 stamp: Tiger mum with cub
£1.20 stamp: Hongbao Tigers

Description
With origins that can be traced back over 4,000 years, Chinese New Year, also known as Chinese Spring Festival, is the oldest and most celebrated event in the Chinese calendar.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger and begins on 1 February 2022 at the start of the Spring Festival and lasts until 21 January 2023.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year our stamps depict the tiger and have been created by artist Chrissy Lau. In China, colours are used symbolically within ceremonies, festivals, and rituals, and Chrissy has chosen them to represent meaning on the stamps. The use of red symbolises good fortune and joy, whilst the gold detailing represents wealth, prosperity and happiness.

The First Day Cover features a tiger adorned with a Chinese scroll design, inspired by Chinese ceramic patterns, and holding a gold ingot for good luck.

The Presentation Pack depicts two tigers celebrating the Spring Festival with lit firecrackers to ward off evil spirits. The tigers’ bodies are decorated with an eternal knot to represent longevity, prosperity and happiness. One of the tigers holds some ribbons, which are said to increase the chance of good fortune.

The Souvenir Sheet features a tiger whose body is heavily decorated with gold coins to attract wealth in the New Year; the First Day Cover depicts a tiger adorned with a Chinese scroll design, inspired by Chinese ceramic patterns, and holding a gold ingot for good luck.

Sheets of 10 Stamps:

Miniature Sheet of 6 Stamps:

Presentation Pack:

First Day Cover (Stamp Set):

First Day Cover (Miniature Sheet):

Limited Edition Uncut Press Sheet of Miniature Sheets:

Limited Edition Gold Replica Miniature Sheet:

 

Order here: Guernsey: Year of the Tiger 2022.

 

04

February

2022

Alderney

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee


 6 stamps in sheets of 10 stamps for each design, 1 souvenir sheet, prestige booklet

Specification
Date of Issue: 4 February 2022
Designer: Bridget Yabsley
Printer: Joh Enschede
Values: 50p, 70p, 73p, £1, £1.15, £1.20
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 40mm deep x 30mm wide
Paper: PVA Gummed 110 gsm
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 14.75 x 14.25
Cylinder: A

50p stamp: State Reception in Germany (1965)
70p stamp: State Opening of Parliament in Mauritius (1972)
73p stamp: Silver Jubilee in West Indies (1977)
£1 stamp: State Visit to Italy (2000)
£1.15 stamp: State Banquet (2004)
£1.20 stamp: The State Opening of Parliament (2013)

Description

To celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee, on 4 February 2022 we will release a wonderful stamp issue, including a set of six stamps, which depict photographs of the Queen through the ages wearing Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee necklace; a miniature sheet also depicting the Golden Jubilee necklace; and a prestige booklet, which provides further background on the necklace, its origins, and historic Jubilee stamps.

In recognition of this important historical event, and in a philatelic first, we have also produced limited-edition stamps comprising 5,000 black and white versions of the standard coloured set of six stamps, which depict The Queen wearing the jubilee necklace. Unlike the other products, the mint black and white stamp set will not be available to purchase; one of the black and white stamps will be placed within the colour mint set of six stamps. Collectors purchasing this product will then have the choice to keep it and search for the remaining five stamps, swap it or sell it on.

Stamp collectors are passionate about collecting, many enjoy searching for the unusual, something that will provide them with the opportunity to build up a unique or special collection. For this special Platinum Jubilee issue, we are excited to provide our customers with the opportunity to collect our limited edition black and white stamps, which, unlike the colour mint stamps, cannot be purchased as a set. All of our Standing Order customers who receive one of our products from this special Platinum Queen’s Jubilee issue will also receive a complimentary limited edition black and white stamp in their order. Mailing list customers who order a mint set of stamps will receive one of the complimentary black and white stamps, if the order is received within the first three months of issue or while stocks last. The remaining colour sets containing a black and white stamp will be available to purchase via our website or direct through the Bureau on a first come first serve basis.

Collect all six black and white stamps and get them cancelled, just send them to the bureau for cancelling with the first day of issue cancel.

A beautiful limited-edition replica gold stamp depicting Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and the Guernsey Crest, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Guernsey’s postal independence, will be awarded to the first collector who can provide evidence that they have collected a full black and white stamp set.

Sheets of 10 Stamps:

Souvenir Sheet:

Presentation Pack:

First Day Cover (Stamp Set):

First Day Cover (Miniature Sheet):

Prestige Booklet:

 

Order here: Alderney The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

 

09

February

2022

Guernsey

Clematis Gold: C. Samaritan Jo


 1 souvenir sheet

Specification

Date of Issue: 9 February 2022
Designer: Gillian Barlow
Printer: bpost
Values: £3
Process: Offset lithography
Stamp Size: 60mm deep x 50mm wide
Sheet Size: 84mm deep x 118mm wide
Paper: Gummed FSC Securpost 110 GPW
Perforation: 1.1 x 1.667
Cylinder: A

Description

Samaritan Jo is the second flower to feature in our miniature sheet series Clematis Gold, which has been beautifully depicted by botanical artist Gillian Barlow.

Launched in 2021, Clematis Gold depicts clematis cultivated by world-renowned nurseryman and Guernsey resident, Raymond Evison OBE. Each clematis in the series has been part of the Gold Medal winning displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the world’s most prestigious horticultural event.

Bred in Raymond Evison’s nursery in Guernsey, Clematis Samaritan Jo was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 by Raymond and Felicity Varah Harding, daughter of The Reverend Chad Varah CH CBE, who in 1953 founded the Samaritans charity.

The launch of Samaritan Jo marked the 50th anniversary of the Samaritans in Guernsey, and the fabulous work and support offered by the organisation. The name Samaritan Jo recognises that all volunteers who work for the organisation sign themselves off under this name.

Raymond Evison says: – “Clematis Samaritan Jo has the most delightfully coloured flowers that have a minimum of six pointed sepals, which are flushed a mauve pink. Each sepal has a pink and purple edge, which gives the flower a distinct appearance. The centre of the flower is also strikingly different having golden yellow anthers and purple filaments.”

Presentation Pack:

 First Day Cover:

 

 

Order here: Guernsey Clematis Gold.

 

09

February

2022

Guernsey

Quartet Series: Heart of the Forest, Part 1


 1 stamp

Specification

Date of Issue: 9 February 2022
Designer: Gail Armstrong
Printer: Southern Colour Print
Values: £1.00
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 30mm deep x 40mm wide
Paper: Arconvert Securpost Premium Gummed 110gsm
Perforation: 13.33 x 13.60
Cylinder: A

Description

Stamp one in a series of four shows a stunning three dimensional paper cut image including a chestnut tree with a vibrant blue bird.

Guernsey’s ‘Heart of the Forest’ quartet stamp series has been created by Gail Armstrong, an award-winning paper sculptor and illustrator who creates stunning three-dimensional works of art from flat sheets of paper.

The stamp theme takes its inspiration from Love Paper, a global campaign which promotes the sustainable and attractive attributes of print, paper, and paper packaging.

The campaign highlights how the paper industry depends on sustainable forest management to provide a reliable supply of wood fibre, the key raw material for paper products. It advocates that sustainable forest management plays an important role in conserving biodiversity and eco systems.

Look closely and you’ll see Gail has recycled old stamps and stamp sheets, bending and shaping the paper to depict some of the elements of sustainable forest management. She has created some stunning three-dimensional paper cut images including a chestnut tree with a vibrant blue bird for the first stamp in the series.

The remaining three stamps will be released during the course of the year with the souvenir sheet which brings the whole heart of the forest together being released in November.

First Day Cover:

 

 

 

17

February

2022

Guernsey

Post & Go: Bailiwick Cuisine


 6 ATM franking labels

Specification
Date of Issue: 19 February 2022
Designer: Mark Totty
Printer: WSP
Values: GY Letter, UK Letter, GY Large, EUR Letter, ROW Letter, UK Large
Process: Six colour digital printing in coil strips. Value and location identifier printed in thermography within a Royal Mail series II machine
Stamp Size: 25mm deep x 56mm wide
Paper: Self-adhesive
Perforation: Simulated

GY Letter: Guernsey Bean Jar
GY Large: Guernsey Gâche
UK Letter: Guernsey Biscuits
UK Large: Local Lobster and Shrimps
EUR Letter: Guernsey Gâche Méléé
ROW Letter: Local Chancre Crab

Description

This latest Post & Go set celebrates the island’s delicious cuisine by depicting a selection of local recipes or popular local dishes on the six stamps.

Traditional dishes such as Guernsey Bean Jar, Guernsey Gâche Melee and locally available seafood feature on this set.

The Guernsey Ormer is depicted on the presentation pack cover and is a real gastronomic treat. This shellfish is a variety of abalone, which looks like a small sea snail and is harvested at low spring tides. They have been collected on the island for centuries but there are strict rules about when and where you can hunt for them, so they are only available in season and are much sought after.

Our Post and Go stamps remain a popular part of our annual programme, and we are particularly delighted to be able to showcase Guernsey’s wealth of natural ingredients from both its land and surrounding seas.

Post and Go GG04 B Series Bailiwick Cuisine:

GG02 G Series Bailiwick Cuisine:

GG02 G Series Bailiwick Cuisine Collectors Set:

A collector’s set is made of 6 strips of each letter value

Presentation Pack:

First Day Cover:

 

Order here: Guernsey Post and Go: Bailiwick Cuisine.

 

 

04

April

2022

Alderney

Alderney Patois


 8 stamps in sheets of 10 stamps for each design 

Specification

Date of Issue: 4 April 2022
Designer: Josie and Sally Pond
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Values: 52p, 73p, 79p, £1.10, £1.26, £1.35, £2.20, £3.50
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 30mm deep x 40mm wide
Paper: PVA Gummed 110gsm
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 13 x 13.25
Cylinder: A

52p: Santa a vos palots et a vos familias (Health to your friends and family)
73p: Cha saonne magnet a St Anne (Bells sounding midnight at St Anne)
79p: Ma graond maire a trop pessaons (My grandmother has too many fish)
£1.10: L’houmme sedans li leone ne porte pas di arde (The man in the moon doesn’t wear trousers)
£1.26: Barbeloutes a Burhou (Puffins on Burhou)
£1.35: En battery peckhou au port d’ Braye (A fishing boat in Braye Harbour)
£2.20: Haerissaons blondes a Platte Saline ( Blonde hedgehogs on Platte Saline)
£3.50: Enne vasque Aourgnaise au Marais ( Alderney cow at the Marais)

Description

This collection of stamps is themed around Alderney Patois phrases or Aourgnais, to give it its proper name. They were inspired by the teachings of Royston Raymond, the last true ‘rememberer’ of this now forgotten language.

During the latter part of Royston Raymond’s life he became aware that he should record as much of his knowledge as possible. He wrote a book of stories called ‘Histouaires en Aourgnais’ which recounts memories and tales from his youth, in patois.

With new initiatives regarding lost languages, the intention is to preserve what we have for future generations. The stamps illustrate some of Royston’s stories and memories.

Sheets of 10 Stamps:

 Presentation Pack:

First Day Cover:

 

Order here: Alderney Patois.

 

04

April

2022

Guernsey

Quartet Series: Heart of the Forest, Part 2


 1 stamp

Specification

Date of Issue: 4 April 2022
Designer: Gail Armstrong
Printer: Southern Colour Print
Values: £1.00
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 30mm deep x 40mm wide
Paper: Arconvert Securpost Premium Gummed 110gsm
Perforation: 13.33 x 13.60
Cylinder: A

Description

Stamp two in a series of four shows a stunning three dimensional paper cut image depicting a forest made up from unused stamps.

Guernsey’s ‘Heart of the Forest’ quartet stamp series has been created by Gail Armstrong, an award-winning paper sculptor and illustrator who creates stunning three-dimensional works of art from flat sheets of paper.

The stamp theme takes its inspiration from Love Paper, a global campaign which promotes the sustainable and attractive attributes of print, paper, and paper packaging.

The campaign highlights how the paper industry depends on sustainable forest management to provide a reliable supply of wood fibre, the key raw material for paper products. It advocates that sustainable forest management plays an important role in conserving biodiversity and eco systems.

Look closely and you’ll see Gail has recycled old stamps and stamp sheets, bending and shaping the paper to depict some of the elements of sustainable forest management. She has created some stunning three-dimensional paper cut images including a chestnut tree with a vibrant blue bird for the first stamp in the series.

The remaining three stamps will be released during the course of the year with the souvenir sheet which brings the whole heart of the forest together being released in November.

First Day Cover:

 

Order here: Guernsey Heart of the Forest.

 

04

April

2022

Guernsey

Guernsey Patois: Voice-Vouaïe, A Portrait of the Guernsey Language


 8 stamps in sheets of 10 stamps for each design 

Specification

Date of Issue: 4 April 2022
Designer: Joe Smith
Printer: bpost
Values: 52p, 73p, 79p, £1.10, £1.26, £1.35, £2.20, £3.50
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 40mm deep x 30mm wide
Paper: Gummed FSC Securpost 110 GPW
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 1.1 X 1.667
Cylinder: A

This stamp set is a record of the local people who grew up speaking Guernesiais (Guernsey French). The audio are memories of the speaker, not necessarily historic facts. Download the Intelligent Stamp App, scan the stamp using the app and hear their memories in Guernesiais.

52p: Roy Le Prevost
73p: Joan Lacey
79p: Fred Gaiiienne
£1.10: LIoyd Le Poidevin
£1.26: Ivan De La Mare
£1.35: Jean De Garis
£2.20 Joyce Girard
£3.50: Alan Le Ray

Description

Voice-Vouaïe is an audio-visual project from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The aim was to record people who grew up with Guernesiais (‘JEHR-nehz-yay’), the ancestral language of Guernsey. The project was a partnership between photographer Aaron Yeandle, Language Consultant Yan Marquis & Guernsey Museums. Vouaïe (‘v-wye’) means ‘voice’ in Guernesiais.

Work on the project itself began in November 2018 and it ran into 2020. It is fitting that much of the project took place in 2019, UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous languages.

The project afforded the ideal opportunity to document the island’s Guernesiais speakers. Together the photographs and audio recordings create a contemporary snapshot of the language from 2018-2020 and will remain a striking and permanent social record of Guernesiais and its speakers.

This stamp set is an additional record of the local people who grew up speaking Guernesiais. The audio are memories of the speaker, not necessarily historic facts. Download the Intelligent Stamps App, scan the stamp using the app and hear their memories in Guernesiais.

Sheets of 10 Stamps:

Presentation Pack:

First Day Cover:

 

Order here: Guernsey Patois.

 

21

May

2022

Guernsey

Europa 2022: Stories and Myths (Guernsey Witches)


 6 stamps in sheets of 10 stamps for each design, 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps, 2 post cards

Specification
Date of Issue: 21 May 2022
Designer: Keith Robinson
Printer: Bpost
Values: 52p, 73p, 79p, £1.10, £1.26, £1.35
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 40mm deep x 30mm wide
Sheet Size: 100mm deep x 140mm wide
Paper: Gummed Securpost 110GPW
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 1.1 x 1.667
Cylinder: A

52p stamp: Le Sabbat Des Sorciers
73p stamp: Witches flying home after Le Sabbat
79p stamp: Witches Seats
£1.10 The Witch in the Hedge
£1.26 stamp: Jean Falla and the Witches
£1.35 Ghosts of Witches

Description

Guernsey, an island steeped in folklore has a long and spell-binding association with witchcraft and many tales of sorcery have been passed down through the generations.

Folklore tells us that many of Guernsey’s oldest and best-known families have association with the practice.

Both black and white witches were said to practice in Guernsey, with white witches using their craft solely for the benefit of other people. Black witches however were said to practice ritual witchcraft, holding assemblies and covens to summon demons and devils.

Many of the old house and cottages in the west of the island have a strange piece of granite extruding from the chimney; these are known as “witches seats” and are a place for these night-time flyers to stop and rest.

It is believed that over one hundred people were found guilty of witchcraft in Guernsey in the 16th and 17th centuries. the last witch trial in guernsey took place in January 1914 when local women, Aimee Lake was charged with witchcraft.

Sheets of 10 Stamps:

 

 

 

 

 

Miniature Sheet of 2 Europa Stamps:

Presentation Pack:

First Day Cover (Set of Stamps):

First Day Cover (Miniature Sheet):

Set of 2 Europa Postcards:

 

Set of 2 Maximum Cards:

 

Set of 2 FDI Postcards:

 

Order here: Guernsey Europa 2022.

 

21

May

2022

Guernsey

Falklands Islands War 40th Anniversary


 6 stamps in sheets of 10 stamps for each design, prestige booklet

Specification

Date of Issue: 21 May 2022
Designer: Two Degrees North
Printer: Southern Colour Print
Values: 52p, 73p, 79p, £1.10, £1.26, £1.35
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 37.5mm deep x 36.95mm wide
Paper: Arconvert Securpost Premium Gummed 110gsm
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 14.4 x 14.615
Cylinder: A

52p stamp: HMS Ardent
73p stamp: HMS Ardent Memorial at the National Arboretum
79p stamp: HMS Ardent Memorial on Campito Hill, The Falklands
£1.10 stamp: Type 21 Memorial Bench, Plymouth
£1.26 stamp: Petty Officer P.I.H. Brouard Memorial, Le Foulon Cemetery, St Peter Port, Guernsey
£1.35 stamp: HMS Ardent ship’s bell

Description

2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, which started on 2 April 1982 and was the first military action since the Second World War that employed all elements of the Armed Forces.

Throughout the year there will be numerous events in the Falklands and the UK to commemorate the sacrifices made in 1982, and to celebrate the progress made in the Islands over the past 40 years.

Sheets of 10 Stamps:

Presentation Pack:

Prestige Booklet:

First Day Cover:

 

Order here: Guernsey 40th Anniversary of the Falklands War.

 

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