Single privately created 2022 £1 Coquet Island stamp by Kevin Lynch, produced following a visit to Northumberland, and depicting the island and its lighthouse.
Issued on 21 May, 330 copies of this latest Coquet Island stamp have been printed, in sheets of 15, of which 45 were used on postcards that were then carried around the island on the tour boat and posted on the mainland.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
About Coquet Island
Located just off the coast of Northumberland near Amble, what Coquet Island lacks in size (covering just 15 acres) it makes up for in wildlife, with around 40,000 seabirds – including puffins – calling the island home.
Given that Coquet Island is an RSPB-managed seabird sanctuary, no public visits are allowed, which obviously negates the need for any local postal service! Coquet Island's stamps are therefore private, fantasy issues, produced in quantities of just a few hundred by Devon-based “philatelist and islands enthusiast” Kevin Lynch, with the first label - now sold out - appearing in 2012.
Further single stamps were issued in 2016, 2017, and most recently 2022, all depicting the island’s famous lighthouse as viewed from the local Puffin Cruises tour boat.