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History of British Guiana Stamps

Collectors of British Guiana stamps have to accept that at least one space will be left empty in their album as the world’s rarest stamp comes from British Guiana. The 1856 1c black on magenta paper is unique and last sold in 2014 for around £6 million. Currently it is on loan to the Smithsonian Postal Museum in Washington (I flew over there from the UK to see it and it’s certainly the best museum in the American Capitol, take my word for it). British Guianas first stamps were issued in 1850, looking rather like a circular postmark and type set in black on coloured paper they are referred to as the ‘Cotton-Reels’. Perhaps the single greatest collection of these stamps was held in the John du Pont collection which alongside the aforementioned rarity was sold-off in 2014.

A large amount of British Guiana stamps are listed by Stanley Gibbons as issued in 19th Century British Guiana, almost all depicting in one style or another a large sailing ship under full sail, various perforation gauges and paper thicknesses making this a rewarding area for collectors. The first truly pictorial stamps were issued in 1898 for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and depicted Mount Roraima and the Kaieteur Falls.

British Guiana stamps

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  • Lot 142 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £50

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1888-89 72c dull purple overprint, SG 184, superb mint
  • Lot 143 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1889 48c dull purple & orange-red, SG 202, vfm, fresh
  • Lot 144 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1889 96c dull purple & carmine, SG 205, vfm, fresh
  • Lot 145 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £50 - £60

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1907-10 complete set incl both 2c, SG 253/57 & 253a,fine mint (6)
  • Lot 146 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £45

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1931 Centenary of County union set, SG 283/87, VFM (5)
  • Lot 147 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1931 Centenary set, SG 283/87, FINE MINT (5 stamps)
  • Lot 148 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £32 - £35

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1954-63 pictorial definitive set, SG 331/345,fine used(15 stamps)
  • Lot 149 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    BRITISH GUIANA - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 1724 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £80 - £90

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1938-52 Pictorial definitive set, SG 308a/19, never hinge mint marginals set (12 stamps)
  • Lot 1725 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £50

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    BRITISH GUIANA - 1954-63 3c brown-olive & red-brown 'WEED' FLAW variety, SG 333a, fine cds used, centred to lower right, fresh & scarce.

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