Guernsey Post stamps highlight Sark anniversary

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27 July 2015
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imports_CCGB_sark-fief-set-of-5-m_23337.jpg Guernsey Post stamps highlight Sark anniversary
Guernsey Post celebrates 450 years of Sark as a Fief to the Crown with five new stamps and associated products. ...
Guernsey Post celebrates 450 years of Sark as a Fief to the Crown with five new stamps and associated products. The stamps illustrate the rich history of the Channel island of Sark, with dragon slaying, pirates and gold mining among the topics featured.

Sark is the smallest of the four main Channel Islands and is now part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, although for centuries it was fiercely independent. In 933, the island became part of the Duchy of Normandy and was united with the rest of Britain upon the Norman Conquest of 1066. By the sixteenth century Sark was no longer inhabited but it was revived by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I in 1565, which enabled families to settle on the island.

Nowadays, Sark has around 600 permanent residents and the island is one of the few places in the world where motorised vehicles are banned.

THE STAMPS

The Sark anniversary issue comprises five stamps, a first day cover, presentation pack, and miniature sheet.

Details:

Issue date: 22 July 2015
Designer: Nick Shewring
Printer: Lowe Martin
Values: 42p: St Magloire, the Patron Saint of Sark; 57p: Sark in the 15th Century; 62p: The French invasion of Sark; 68p: Le Manoir, home of Sark's first Seigneur; 77p: Silver and copper mining on Little Sark in the 19th Century
Process: Offset lithography
Size: 28mm x 40mm
Perforations: 13.3

(Image copyright Guernsey Post)

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