A Comparison between the Stamps of two Crown Peculiars


The Crown peculiars are small areas of land, inherited or gained in some way. They belong to the Monarch, legally and by the constitutions of those lands, that Monarch is their ruler.

Most have been given, or had independent rule a long time ago – referring to their Monarch for the ‘seal’ on their decisions. That is not usually refused.

There are three – the Isle of Man (or Mann), the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey – and because Guernsey was the writers first, collecting, choice (accidentally), a comparison, of its stamps has been sought with its close neighbour Jersey. They came, originally as a parcel (one Bailiwick), whilst the Isle of Man has passed into, out of, then back into the Monarch’s hands.

Definitive stamps are the only stamps necessary for a postal system to function – in GB they were the only stamps used from 1840 to 1924.Thus the writer chose to compare two neighbouring island Bailiwicks definitive stamps, assuming they were very similar.

Thus stamps of the islands of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which also contains the islands of Alderney, Sark & Herm are considered.

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