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15 March 2017

Ancient artefacts rediscovered on Jersey stamps

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Eight ancient artefacts discovered in the Bailiwick of Jersey will feature on the latest set of stamps to be issued by Jersey Post on 11 April 2017.

“Jersey has some of the most important archaeological sites in Europe,” explains James Dann, Philatelic Researcher at Jersey Post, “and in recent years, archaeologists and even members of the public have been fortunate to unearth some fascinating objects including Celtic and Roman coin hoards, French and Celtic jewellery and weapons and tools spanning thousands of years.”

The artefacts which feature on this set of stamps were all discovered in Jersey, from the flint arrowhead on the 90p stamp which dates back to 2850-2250 BC to the silver and gilt brooch on the £1.07 stamp, dating back to 14th century AD. The golden torque which appears on the 49p stamp was found when the world’s largest Celtic coin hoard, Le Catillon II, was lifted from a field in the parish of Grouville in 2012. The discovery of the hoard by two Jersey men with metal detectors made headlines around the world and the huge collection of coins and jewellery is still being carefully excavated by conservators at La Hougue Bie Museum, in view of the public.

Seven of the eight artefacts shown on the stamps are now in the care of Jersey Heritage, a local charity that protects and promotes Jersey’s rich heritage and cultural environment. They are on display either at La Hougue Bie Museum in the east of the Island or the Jersey Museum in the Island’s capital, St Helier. The St Lawrence Pillar, which appears on the 73p stamp, can be found in St Lawrence Parish Church.

“Jersey Heritage kindly allowed us to have access to the artefacts and working with the team there and local photographer, Danny Evans, we were able to arrange for several of the objects to be photographed for this set of stamps,” continues James. “It’s amazing to think that ancient civilisations made and used these objects thousands of years ago.”

In the background of the stamps is an antique map of Jersey, and a spot varnish has been used during the printing process to enhance the artefacts. A prestige booklet containing panes of stamps and detailed information about each of the objects is also available.

Jersey Post’s Ancient Artefacts stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 11 April 2017. Philatelic stamp products such as First Day Covers, Presentation Packs and Prestige Booklets will be available from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at www.jerseystamps.com or by telephoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320.

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