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The Americas & Caribbean Stamps

This category covers British North America and the Caribbean colonies. B.N.A. is replete with wonderful classic stamps from Canada and its constituent parts (British Columbia and Vancouver Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to name some of them) and is unusual in that there is considerable availability of proof material. The Caribbean provides multiple opportunities for simple one-of-each collecting or delving deeper into some of the gorgeous classics. Colonies such as Bahamas, Bermuda, British Guiana, Grenada and Jamaica have such a breadth of interest that any one of them can provide a lifetime of collecting fascination, either with the stamps or postal history, or both, while other colonies such as Antigua, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands don't have as many expensive classic issues and can be as simple, or as complex, as you wish to make them.

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BRITISH GUIANA 1862 SG123ba Mint

Stock Code: P223004630

BRITISH GUIANA 1877 SGO6a Official

Stock Code: P212021927


Stock Code: P212021870


Stock Code: P189015466

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A Brief History of Stamps from The Americas and The Caribbean


The most extensive are those from Newfoundland, with attractive pictorial designs, notably those depicting Queen Elizabeth II as a Princess, and stamps linked with pioneering flights. From the other areas are some exceedingly rare stamps, notable the 12d issued by the Colony of Canada. The Dominion of Canada was created on 1 July 1867, the first stamps being issued on 1 April the following year. A wide variety of themes and designs has followed.

West Indies

The first stamps of Bermuda are among the world’s rarest, the famous circular stamps prepared by the Postmaster of Hamilton, W. B. Perot, in 1848. The stamp was depicted on a centenary set issued on 11 April 1949, and again in 1990 on the death centenary of Sir Rowland Hill. Bermuda has always maintained a modest stamp-issuing policy. Equally modest has been the output from the Cayman Islands (first stamps so inscribed issued on 1 November 1900), which remains a British Overseas Territory, and Jamaica (first stamps on 23 November 1860), independent on 9 August 1962. Also, a British Overseas Territory are the Turks & Caicos Islands, whose first stamps released on 4 April 1867 were inscribed Turks Islands, stamps for Turks & Caicos islands first appeared on 10 November 1900. In recent years the stamps releases have been more prolific, including for a while separate issues for the Caicos Islands.

British New Guiana

The stamps of British Guiana are legendary, from the first typeset issue of 1 July 1850. However, most famous is the 1c black on magenta paper of 1856, of which only one example is known, most recently purchased by Stanley Gibbons and on display in its shop at 399 Strand in London. The country name changed to Guyana on independence on 26 May 1966. Soon after began a prolific stamp-issuing programme, starting with an avalanche of overprints that spanned from 1981 through to 1996.

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