New postage rates for the Channel Island of Jersey went into effect April 23.
Jersey Post increased two basic letter rates by 1 penny each.
The rate for domestic letters weighing 100 grams or less went from 45p to 46p, and the rate for letters to the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man increased from 55p to 56p.
Jersey Post reported that the rates for small parcels either remained the same or were reduced.
Jersey Post chief executive Kevin Keen said that for the fourth year in a row, special discount rates will be offered at Christmas, the period when islanders send the highest volumes of mail.
Keen also reported that this is Jersey Post’s first postage increase in two years.
Sets of commemorative stamps reflecting the new rates were issued in April and May.
Both the Remembrance Day stamps released May 6 and the William Shakespeare stamps issued April 23 include stamps denominated 46p and 56p.
The Shakespeare stamps commemorate the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth.
The Remembrance Day stamps mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. The stamps not only feature poppies, they also included poppy seeds.
Jersey Post said: “Poppy seeds have been encapsulated in two of the designs, sealed behind a thin, transparent, bio-degradable plastic cover. The stamps can be planted and will gradually decompose as the seeds start to grow, producing the striking red flowers which are so strongly associated with remembrance.”
The Remembrance Day set includes six stamps and a souvenir sheet, and the Shakespeare set includes six stamps.
Since 1969, Jersey Post has been providing postal services to the island of Jersey. Following incorporation in 2006, Jersey Post has grown into the Jersey Post Group, a company wholly owned by the states of Jersey.
July 01, 2015 10:28 AMIn the Spotlight on Philately column this month, Ken Lawrence presents a lengthy and fascinating history of the United States 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamp of 1917 with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper. Read More ›
June 30, 2015 05:14 PMSince the abhorrent murder of nine African-American churchgoers by a white supremacist in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, calls have spread across the United States for symbols of the old Confederacy to be removed from public places. Read More ›
June 25, 2015 03:34 PMThe hardcover edition of the 2015 United States Postal Card Catalog arrived on my desk in mid-June. The catalog is published by the United Postal Stationery Society, of which I am a longtime member. Read More ›
June 17, 2015 04:15 PMDuring its most recent board meeting, held by telephone June 10, the American Philatelic Society board of directors approved the Institute for Analytical Philately as an APS affiliate. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the announcement that Scott catalogs is assigning Scott number 5000 for United States stamps.
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses a new Spanish stamp commemorating the first international congress on bullfighting as cultural heritage.
Chad Snee reports on the National Postal Museum reception for the display of the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stamp.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the recent U.S. postage rate changes and the 10 new stamps being issued this week.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.