Herm Island 1957 Neolithic Man (8db – single value, M/M)

£1.25

Eight doubles value from the set of five Herm Island stamps issued on 1 May 1957, commemorating the presence of Neolithic burial sites on the island.

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Eight doubles value from the set of five Herm Island stamps issued on 1 May 1957, commemorating the presence of Neolithic burial sites on the island.

The full set also features 4db, 2d, 6d and 1s stamps – not included here.

M/M / Mounted Mint / MH / Mint 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.

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