Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Twenty Five Years of Alderney Stamps

The channel island of Alderney has been issuing stamps for the past 25 years and to mark the occasion they have released a set of six commemoratives featuring photographs of island scenes that appeared on the first Alderney definitives issued in 1983. They have also put out a 5£ definitive that I don’t find terrible interesting. Alderney issues a few commemoratives each year, typically depicting island scenery and wildlife, and they can be purchased online from the Guernsey Philatelic Bureau. Their shipping charges are very reasonable and service is prompt and reliable.

Alderney is a British Crown dependency and an autonomous state of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The third largest channel island, it has a population of around 2400 and covers an area only eight square kilometers. At one time their economy was entirely based on agriculture but is now dependant on tourism and financial services. The island language, a Norman dialect known as Auregnais, is now considered extinct, in part due to an influx of British immigrants and an almost total evacuation of the population that lasted the duration of the Second World War.

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