Guernsey 1969 Pre-Decimal Definitive Issue 1st Series

From Stamps of the World
  • Issued: 1st October 1969
  • Designer: Richard Granger Barrett
  • Printed by Photogravure by Harrison to 2s 6d, others by Imprimerie Delrieu of Paris.
  • Perforations 14.0, (1/2d to 2s 6d), 12.5 (5s, 10s & £1) The 10s & £1 also come with 13.5 x 13.0 perforations Issued 4th May 1970.
  • Paper: Chalk Surfaced and Unwatermarked* (½d to 2/6d). High Values 5/- to £1 on Glossy Paper. *3d Value issued in error with CA 'Crown Agents' Watermark.
  • Sheet Formats: Low Values sheets of 60. Two panes of 30 (6 x 5). High Values - Mainly Sheets of 30.(5 by 6) but Gutter Pairs are known from a few Sheets of 60. (2 panes 30 each 6 by 5).
  • Stamp Sizes: 44.5mm wide x 28.5mm deep (1/2d to 2s 6d), & 48.5mm wide x 32.5mm deep (5s to £1)
  • ½d and 1½d withdrawn on 6th October 1969. Wrong Latitude 1d and 1/6d withdrawn on 4th Feb 1970 when the correct latitude versions of the 1d and 1/6d were issued on the same day. The remaining values were all withdrawn and Invalidated along with all pre-decimal Commemoratives on the 14th February 1972. (Except £1 High Value which was Withdrawn on 31st March 1976 - and is still valid for postage).
  • Although the ½d and 1½d were withdrawn earlier, (see above) they were available from the Philatelic Bureau until Invalidated on the 14th February 1972.
  • Note: 1d, 4d & 5d were also available from 6 Different Booklets with Margins all around.
  • Stamp designs were used for the Decimal series. For details Click on: Guernsey 1971 Decimal Currency Definitives

Low Values - ½d to 2/6d

  • Note the ½d, 1d, 2d, 3d, 6d, 9d, 1/-, 1/6d, 1/9d & 2/6d were Reprinted on Thinner Whiter Paper.
1/2d - Castle Cornet & Edward the Confessor
1d - Map & William I, Incorrect latitude showing 40 degrees,30 minutes N
Corrected to 49 degrees,30 minutes North
Martello Tower and Henry II
Sark Crest and John I
Alderney Crest and Edward III
Guernsey Lily and Henry V
Guernsey Crest and Elizabeth I
Alderney Crest and Charles II
Guernsey Lily and George III
Guernsey Crest and Victoria
Map and William I showing Incorrect Latitude of 40 degrees,30 minutes N
Map and William I Corrected Latitude of 49degrees,3 minute N
Guernsey Lily and Elizabeth I
Martello Tower and John I

High Values - 5/- to £1

Maseline Harbour - Sark
Braye Harbour - Alderney
St.Peter Port Harbour

Cylinder Blocks

½d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 2
½d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 2
1d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 2 (Incorrect Latitude)
1d x 4. Cylinders 2A x 2 (Incorrect Latitude)
1d x 4. Cylinders 2B x 2 (Incorrect Latitude)
1d x 4. Cylinder 2A 2A (Correct Latitude)
1d x 4. Cylinders 2B x 2 (Correct Latitude)
1d x 4. Cylinder 3A 3A (Correct Latitude)
1d x 4. Cylinder 3B 3B (Correct Latitude)
1½d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 2
1½d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 2
2d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 4
2d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 4
3d x 4. Cylinder 1A x 4
3d x 4. Cylinder 1B x 4
4d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 5
4d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 5
5d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 4
5d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 4
6d x 4. Cylinder 1A x 4
6d x 4. Cylinder 1B x 4
9d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 4
9d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 4
1/- x 4. Cylinders 1A x 4
1/- x 4. Cylinders 1B x 4
1/6d x 4. Cylinder 1A 1A (Original Paper - Incorrect Latitiude)
1/6d x 4. Cylinder 1B 1B (Original Paper - Incorrect Latitiude)
1/6d x 4. Cylinder 1B 2B (Thinner Paper - Incorrect Latitiude)
1/6d x 4. Cylinder 2B 3B (Thin Paper - Corrected Latitude)
1/9d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 5
1/9d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 5
2/6d x 4. Cylinders 1A x 2
2/6d x 4. Cylinders 1B x 2

Dated Corner Blocks

  • 5/- exists Perf 12½ only.
  • 10/- & £1 each exist Perf 12½ (1.10.69) & Perf 13½ x13 (March 1970)
(5/- x 4). 20.6.1969
(10/- x 4). 20.6.1969
(£1 x 4). 20.6.1969

High Value Gutter Pairs

  • 10/- & £1 each exist Perf 12½ or Perf 13½ x 13
£1 Gutter Pairs 20.6.1969

First Day Covers

FDC (½d - 6d)
FDC (9d - £1)

Presentation Packs

Low Value Pack (½d to 9d) Cover shows Incorrect Latitude of 40°30'N
Low Value Pack (½d to 9d) Cover shows Correct Latitude of 49°30'N
Medium Value Pack (1/- to 2/6d)
High Value Pack (5/- to £1)

Booklets Issued 12th December 1969

2 Shilling
4 Shilling
6 Shilling

Booklets Issued 29th June 1970

2 Shilling
4 Shilling
6 Shilling

Booklets Panes

  • Issued on 12th December 1969
1d
4d
5d

Booklet Pane First Day Cover

Booklet Pane FDC