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Isle de Serk 1965 Quatercentenary of the Settlement of Sark (4v, 3d to 1s, U/M)

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1965 set of four stamps (3d, 6d, 9d and 1s) inscribed “Isle de Serk”, commemorating the quatercentenary (400th anniversary) of the settlement of Sark.

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1965 set of four stamps (3d, 6d, 9d and 1s) inscribed “Isle de Serk”, commemorating the quatercentenary (400th anniversary) of the settlement of Sark.

Aitchison’s “Channel Island Locals” catalogue notes that the stamps performed no postal function, but were sold to raise funds for a new children’s playground on the island.

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

About Sark

Part of the Channel Islands, Sark is located seven miles east of Guernsey.

Previously, the Commodore Shipping Company, which held the contract to carry GPO mail on the Guernsey-Sark route between 1950 and 1969, issued its own carriage labels over that period. Like the issues of Herm, Lihou and other smaller Channel Islands, these issues ceased when Guernsey achieved its postal independence in 1969.

The same year, the Isle of Sark Shipping Company took over the contract for passenger and cargo services between Guernsey and Sark. In 1980, the company produced a set of five attractive stamps - available together in miniature sheet format, or printed separately in sheets of 25 each - and examples also exist overprinted for the 1981 Royal Wedding.

We haven't yet been able to establish whether these 1980s stamps were, as one source suggests, "used to pay freight charges on parcels and small items of freight carried by the company between Guernsey and Sark and vice versa", or whether they were issued purely as a souvenir with no postal function.

Another 1965 Sark local issue, inscribed "Isle de Serk", was used to raise money for a new children's playground, and performed no postal function.

Until recently, there was a useful online catalogue of Sark stamps by Anders Backman of SilverDalen Stamps (http://silverdalenstamps.se/sark/sark_cat.htm), though sadly this is no longer accessible. In print, we recommend Jon Aitchison's "Channel Island Locals" catalogue from 2003.

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