Europa National Music Instruments

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Sheets of 10



Each year a different theme is announced by PostEurop and each of the member postal authorities create unique stamp series based on the topic. For 2014 the subject is ‘National Music Instruments’ and our stamps feature some stunning photographic images of one of the Channel Island’s former favourite musical instruments – the chifournie.

Similar to the modern day hurdy gurdy the chifournie is an interesting instrument with its origins dating back to the tenth century. 

Once playing an important role in island fetes, festivals and celebrations, sadly this interesting instrument’s melodies had disappeared from Guernsey by the mid-nineteenth century. 

To see and hear the chifournie being played you can either click here or download the Sepac or Lowe-Martin App from the App store and hover your smart phone or tablet over your stamps.


Date of Issue 8 May 2014
Designer The Potting Shed
Printer Lowe-Martin
Values 40p, 53p, 55p, 63p, 71p, 79p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 45mm deep x 34mm wide
Sheet Size 100mm deep x 140mm wide
Paper 100gsm unwatermarked / PVA Adhesive
Sheet 10
Perforation 13
Cylinder A