Four values from the Herm Island 1961 Europa overprints set, as pictured, issued on 18 September 1961 and depicting island scenes and a map of the island. The full set includes two additional values, not included here.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
If you prefer, we do have the full set of six available in cancelled-to-order (CTO) condition – you can find that here.
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.