Barbados Stamps – Barbados opened its postal service in late 1851 and unusually did not use British Stamps; instead an order was placed for stamps using the ‘Britannia’ design adopted by Mauritius and Trinidad. Barbados was also the first British Colony to have a halfpenny rate, even preceding the Great Britain 1870 issue. The first despatch of ½d green and 1d blue stamps was sent in December 1851 however the vessel was lost at sea and failed to reach the island. Further supplies were sent in January and February 1852 including a 2d greyish slate. The stamps did not show the denomination. The 2d greyish slate stamp is known bisected and used as a one-penny stamp, these being authorised for use during a shortage of 1d stamps between 4th August 1854 and 21st September 1854.
Philatelic postscript: Stamps were first issued in 1852, and for the next 30 years featured the highly collectable 'Britannia' design.
We offer Barbados stamps and Barbados stamp collections, complete sets, errors and varieties. Also proofs, essays, postal history and covers including first day covers for Barbados. Philatelists should regularly visit this page as our auction lots constantly change so whether you are searching for rare stamps from Barbados, classic stamps, postmarks and cancellations, specialised collections, estate boxes and anything related to Barbados stamp collecting and filling your stamp albums – just keep your eye on us!
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