Three of four values (4db, 8db, 1½d) from the reissued Herm map and boat definitives set, issued on 22 July 1968.
The full set also features a 3d value – not included in this lot.
Note: This 1968 reissue is not to be confused with the original 1959 issue, which features the same stamps – plus two additional values – in slightly different colour shades.
The reissue can also be identified by the smaller digits (including the 1½d with a sloping instead of a horizontal line in the “½” symbol), and by the modified typeface featuring smaller and skinnier letters.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
About Herm Island
Herm Island, which is one of the smaller Channel Islands, and within the Bailiwick of Guernsey, produced its own stamps between 1949 and 1969.
Unlike many of the labels that appear to come from islands off the coast of the UK, those of Herm performed a genuine local postal function. Mail posted on the island, which did not have an official British post office, carried a Herm Island stamp for transport to the Guernsey mainland, and a UK stamp for the journey beyond. One publicity document, issued by Herm’s tenant in 1962. reports that 150,000 pieces of mail were handled the previous year.
However, when Guernsey took over its own postal service in 1969, Herm was no longer allowed to issue and use its own stamps.
For more information on Herm’s postal history, including an online catalogue, visit hermstamps.co.uk.