Lundy: '1st', '2nd' en 'E'
Three days ago, Lundy Island issued ten new, long-term stamps. The series replaces the one issued on Lundy in 1991. Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon (Great Britain); the island is well-known for its beautiful nature and fauna.
In 1929, the Lord and Manor of Lundy started with a private postal service. More than 300 different Lundy stamps were issued since then. Of course, the fact that Lundy is British territory makes that the stamps with Queen Elisabeth's portray are of course valid on the island. Who sends something on the island pays a small amount of money (some 20% of the normal postal tariff with a minimum of 6 puffin of 6 pence) on transport costs. To make things easier for tourists, there are stamps sold on Lundy with a worth in which the English tariff is incorporated. Who buys a 25 puffin stamp, can use that stamp for the English tariff of 19 pence; the difference - 6 puffin - is for the private transport which brings the letter to the mainland.
In the new Lundy series, there are three stamps with something new: it are the first stamps of the island not mentioning a value, but class indications ("1st" and "2nd") and a specific tariff code ("E" which is the tariff for a letter to Europe). On the stamps, the 'national' Lundy bird, the puffin, is depicted.