Battle of Hastings imperforate sheet receives unprecedented response
A Guernsey Post limited edition product to mark the 950th anniversary of The Battle of Hastings has sold out in just two weeks prior to the stamp issue date (14 September).
Said Bridget Yabsley, acting head of philatelic at Guernsey Post: - “To mark the 950th anniversary of the most famous date in British history – 1066, the year William claimed victory in the Battle of Hastings - we produced 300 imperforate press sheets, which were available for our customers to pre-order.
“Demand for this limited edition product has exceeded all our expectations and we believe it reflects the high levels of interest in this significant historical event, coupled with ever growing demand among collectors for imperforate sheets.”
Guernsey Post’s stamps depict events leading up to - and on - the day itself, which culminated in King Harold II’s death. Scenes include William landed unopposed with his troops and cavalry at Pevensey in England (43 pence) and Harold hard pressed in the shield wall before being ridden down by a Norman cavalryman (78 pence).
“Pre-orders for our regular products for this issue are looking healthy, with our mailing customers returning order forms daily,” she added.
Guernsey Post’s stamps, first day cover and presentation pack are available to pre-order now by contacting Guernsey Philatelic Bureau on 00 44 (0) 1481 716486 or online from 1st September by visiting www.guernseystamps.com.