Wednesday, July 15, 2015

20150722 - GUERNSEY



Code:  GUE-2015-01
Release Date: July 22, 2015 
Coming from:  Guernsey Post
Title:  Sark 450 Years as a Fief to the Crown
Format:  Serie of 5 stamps and Block with 2 stamps
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Design:  Nick Shewring
Printing Method:  Offset Litho
Paper: 110gsm unwatermarked PVA
Printed by: Lowe Martin

Sheet of 10

Stamp 2 of 5 
Currency:  Pound
Facial:  57p  (0.57 Pound)
Service:  Bailiwick Large Letter up to 100g
Dimensions (mm):  40 x 28
Perf: 13.3

This stamp depicts a dark period of Sark Island. Around the XV century the island was populated by pirates and outlaws mostly.
A common practice in stormy nights of these pirates was lure lost ships direct to the surrounding rocks using lighting beacons or bonfires.   A leading light to a wreck.

A stamp that describes a similar procedure came from Norfolk Island in 2010.

Issue listed in the PDF File from 2010

But in that case the purpose was exactly the opposite. Women and children lighting bonfires to show the men  and their whaler ships the safe way home at night.

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