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Herm Island 1959 Map and Boat Definitives (6v, 4db to 1s6d, CTO)


Set of six Herm Island definitive stamps issued on 1 June 1959, in CTO condition, showing either a map of the island or the boat M.V. Arrowhead.

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Set of six Herm Island definitive stamps issued on 1 June 1959. The three lower values (4db, 8d, 1½d) show a map of the island from the south, while the three higher values (3d, 6d, 1s6d) depict M.V. Arrowhead, the boat that took visitors to the Island at that time.

Note: This 1959 issue is not to be confused with the 1968 reprint issue, which features the lower four values reissued in slightly different colours, with smaller digits (including the 1½d with a sloping instead of a horizontal line in the “½” symbol), and with a modified typeface.

Be aware that some illustrations on websites and in catalogues muddle the two, but you can easily verify which is which by looking at the 1959 first day cover (we are not aware of an FDC being issued for the 1968 printing).

Cancelled-to-order (CTO) condition (see our glossary page for an explanation of what CTO means).

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.


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