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02 January 2015

Jersey stamps to feature famous dragons


A set of six stamps and a Souvenir Sheetlet entitled ‘Dragons’ will be issued by Jersey Post on 6 January 2015. Illustrated by Adrian Chesterman, the stamps feature interpretations of well-known dragon legends from around the world.

Jersey Post’s Philatelic Marketing Executive, Rachel MacKenzie, commented: “Tales of dragons have existed for thousands of years and thanks to the work of artists and authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, they continue to fascinate people the world over. In recent years we have seen dragons feature in television series such as Game of Thrones as well as cult films such as the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies, placing them at the forefront of popular culture.

“For our ‘Dragons’ issue, we have explored a collection of different dragon myths, from the easily recognisable Saint George and the Dragon to the lesser known Philippine Bakunawa dragon which is said to cause eclipses by swallowing the moon. The stamps make fantastic collectables and we’re sure they’ll be a big hit.”

The announcement of Jersey Post’s ‘Dragons’ stamps coincides with the release of the much awaited fantasy adventure film, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ which arrives at cinemas this weekend and which features the fearsome dragon, Smaug. A similar fire-breathing dragon can be seen on Jersey Post’s 46 pence stamp guarding a glittering hoard. This illustration is in fact based on the dragon from the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, an important source of inspiration for Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Also represented on the stamps are Saint George and the Dragon, the Bakunawa, the Colchian Dragon from the ancient Greek myth Jason and the Golden Fleece, the gracious Chinese Dragons and the celebrated Welsh Dragon.

Chesterman’s dramatic, fantastical style lends itself perfectly to these ancient legends and each of the dragons has been cleverly brought to life with a special double spot varnish print technique which adds an extra dimension to the stamps.

The stamps and philatelic stamp products such First Day Covers and Presentation Packs are available to pre-order from today at or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616320. The stamps will also be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from launch day on 6 January 2015 with First Day Covers and Presentation Packs available from the main post office at Broad Street. 
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