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Lihou 1966 1s and 2s Stamps Overprinted for 1971 GB Postal Strike (U/M)

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Pair of stamps from the Lihou local issue of 18 July 1966, overprinted in decimal currency for use during the 1971 British Postal Strike.

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Pair of stamps from the Lihou local issue of 18 July 1966, overprinted for use during the 1971 British Postal Strike, as illustrated.

Both bear the overprinted words “Postal Strike, 1971”, with the original 1s and 2s pre-decimal values replaced with 5p and 10p in decimal currency respectively.

It is not clear what connection, if any, the overprinted issue had with those who were behind Lihou’s previous stamps. The Bailiwick of Guernsey’s postal independence on 1 October 1969 meant that Lihou was no longer permitted to produce its own local stamps after that date, and the Guernsey Post Office was not, in any case, part of the strike affecting the UK. This suggests that they were surplus Lihou stamps overprinted for use somewhere in the UK itself.

U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.

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