GUERNSEY. 2018 - Post & Go issues



The GG01 kiosk at SPRING STAMPEX 2018. The new 'Guernsey Bailiwick Flowers' series

For the third consecutive year, the Guernsey Post GG01 kiosk was installed at London Spring Stampex 2018, from February 14th to 17th.

Without the usual Royal Mail Post & Go presence, which decided not to install any kiosk at this philatelic fair, the machine was placed in the new 'Post & Go' stand located at the end of the gallery bay on the second floor, next to the Jersey Post, the Royal Gibraltar Post Office kiosks, and the Cartor Security printing demonstration kiosk (More information).

During the four days of Spring Stampex 2018, one of the printers of the GG01 kiosk issued stamps with the 'Guernsey flag' definitive design and the special festive imprint dedicated to Valentine's Day,
From Me to You
Spring Stampex 2018

inside a graphic design in the form of two hearts, and the new 'Guernsey Bailiwick Flowers' thematic series, with no special impression, from the other.

The first block of the code at the bottom of all the stamps issued by the kiosk at this philatelic event is B2GB18 GG01-, followed by the session and stamp number. The Philatelic Bureau also sells six-value sets or 'Collectors strips' with the 'Guernsey flag' design and the same commemorative imprint, plus the new flowers thematic series, all produced by the back office printer B002 (see strips below).

The new series was available, from February 14th 2018, from the GG01 philatelic kiosk, temporarily installed at London Spring Stampex 2018, and from the permanent GG02 kiosk installed at Envoy House, in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey. In this latter case, with the imprint 'Envoy House'.

After 'Bailiwick Life' (article and VARIABLE 40) and the great 'Guernsey Bailiwick Lighthouses' (article and VARIABLE 44), the third 'Post & Go' pictorial series released by Guernsey Post is dedicated to showing different flowers specific to the Guernsey islands; Guernsey Lily (Nerine sarniensis), Guernsey Daffodil, Dwarf Pansy (Viola kitaibeliana), Sand Crocus (Romulea columnae), Shaggy Mouse Ear Hawkweed (Pilosella peleteriana) and Bog Pimpernel (Anagallis tenella).
The illustrations are by the British artist Petula Stone, who specializes in botanical design.
Kiosk GG01
Spring Stampex 2018 - London
Kiosk GG02
Envoy House - Guernsey

Receipts of the six-value set or 'Collectors Strip' programmed and issued by the kiosks installed at Spring Stampex 2018 and Envoy House, respectively.

All the stamps bought in the London postal kiosk were billed with a 20% VAT surcharge on the face value on sales made by Guernsey Post in the UK.

Interestingly enough there are three varieties of sets or Collectors Strips issued by the back office equipment B002, all of them sold by Guernsey Post.
The first lower column corresponds to the sets sold together with a first day receipt: the bottom code starts with B2GG18, followed by the equipment code B002, and the sequential session and stamp numbers.
The central column corresponds to the sets included in the presentation packs and first day covers, with all stamps having the same bottom code ... an erroneous code (B2GG18 B002-1969-002); The 'Guernsey Bailiwick Flowers' series is the third thematic series, so the last number should be 003 and not 002.
The right column is an initial production run in which, by mistake, the bottom code corresponds to the Jersey series! (B2JE18 B002 1969 007 - see article). Presentation packs and first day covers with this error were available for sale at the Guernsey Post booth for a few hours on the first day of Spring Stampex, and were removed immediately when the error was realized.


Guernsey Post produced a presentation pack containing a Collectors Strip of the new series, together with a pictorial first day cover.


The GG01 kiosk at the 89th Scottish Congress

Guernsey Post's GG01 kiosk also attended the Perth congress in 2018 for the first time (More information, also published in VARIABLE 49). During the two days, the machine issued stamps with the 'Guernsey flag' definitive design and the '89th Scottish Congress 2018' special imprint from one of the printers, and the 'Guernsey Bailiwick Flowers' thematic series launched at Spring Stampex 2018, with no special imprint, on the other.

The six values programmed in the GG01 kiosk correspond to the first two postage rates for local and United Kingdom mail, for normal size and 'Large' letters, plus the two tariffs in the first weight step up to 20g to Europe and rest of the world
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The first block of the code at the bottom of all the stamps issued by the kiosk at this philatelic event is B4GB18 GG01, followed by the session and stamp number.
The Philatelic Bureau also sells six-value sets or 'Collectors strips' with the 'Guernsey flag' design and the same commemorative imprint, but with code B4GG18 B002, produced on the back office printer.



The new Guernsey Post DKU at the 28th Essen Stamps Fair

The 28th Essen stamp fair in Germany was held from May 3rd to 5th 2018, in one of the halls of Messe Essen. 
The attendance or representation of over 30 postal administrations, nearly 80 commercial stands, plus many philatelic study groups makes this event one of the main annual philatelic fairs to be held in Germany and in Europe.

In 2018, Guernsey Post attended the Essen fair for the second time with a new unit issuing variable value stamps.
In 2015, they had installed the then brand new GG01 kiosk on the Royal Mail 'Post & Go' stand (see article, also published in VARIABLE 37), and in 2018 they brought their new DKU (Desktop Kiosk Unit).
This counter unit, for the printing of variable value stamps, is the desktop or 'scaled down' version of the 'Post & Go' kiosk, both developed by the company Intelligent AR.

The DKU was introduced, in September 2017, at the CICE 2017 - China International Collection Expo exhibition (see article and VARIABLE 46) and at other international exhibitions. After Posta Stamps (see article and VARIABLE 47), Guernsey Post is the second postal administration to use this machine for the printing of stamps.

With similar performance to the kiosks, the new Guernsey Post GG03 DKU is made up of a small equipment tower, which includes the computer and two direct thermal printers (for the printing of stamps and receipts), a touch screen monitor, and the card payment terminal.


During the Fair, the GG03 system issued stamps with the 'Guernsey flag' definitive design and the ' Messe Essen 3-5 May 2018 ' special imprint below the face value indicator. 
The first block of the bottom code is D5DE18 (D identifies the DKU equipment, and 5, DE and 18 the month (May), country (Germany) and year of issue), followed by the machine code, the session and stamp numbers.
The GG03 DKU is programmed with the same six tariffs programmed in the GG01 and GG02 postal kiosks. These correspond to the first two postage rates for local and United Kingdom mail, for both normal size and 'Large' letters, plus the two tariffs in the first weight step up to 20g to Europe and rest of the world.
The Guernsey Philatelic Bureau also sells six-value sets or 'Collectors strips' with the 'Guernsey flag' design and the same commemorative imprint, but with code B5GG18 GG04. Guernsey Post has for the first time used the DKU equipment for the back office printing of the sets produced in Guernsey, with the GG04 special code instead of the usual B002.








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