Lundy 1982 Forged 10p, 17p and 18p Misperforated Definitives (U/M)


Three stamps that appear to be 1982 Lundy definitive values with significant perforation shifts, but that are in fact forgeries.

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Three stamps that appear to be the 10p, 17p and 18p from the Lundy definitive set issued in 1982 with significant perforation shifts, but that are in fact forgeries.

Lundy’s 1982 definitives have, unfortunately, been extensively forged. These misperforated forged versions, as well as imperforate examples, are very easy to spot, as no such genuine variants exist. Forgeries of Lundy stamps are in effect Cinderellas of Cinderellas, so the forged varieties do qualify for inclusion in our shop – but their value is nowhere near as high as you see eBay sellers trying to charge.

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

About Lundy

Lundy is an island in the Bristol Channel, whose stamps are among the longest-established and most sought-after local issues.

Unlike many labels that bear the name of British offshore islands - such as Eynhallow or Staffa - Lundy's stamps have always performed a genuine local postal function. When the British General Post Office withdrew its services from the island in 1928, the then-owner Martin Coles Harman introduced the first Lundy stamps in 1929 to cover the cost of carrying mail to the mainland.

To avoid confusion, Lundy stamps initially had to be fixed to the reverse of any postal items. From 1962, Lundy stamps were allowed were allowed to be affixed to the address side of postcards - but still well away from the 'official' British stamp - with this policy extended to all mail in 1992. These days, mail from the island only requires a Lundy stamp, which now incorporates the Royal Mail charge alongside the extra "puffinage".

Since 1969, Lundy has been owned by the National Trust, and financed, administered and maintained by the Landmark Trust, who continue to issue Lundy stamps. As of 2023, over 400 Lundy stamps have now been produced over the past nine decades, and 40,000 items of mail are sent annually. You can read more about the Lundy postal service on the Landmark Trust website.


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