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BRITISH GUIANA 1876-1920

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1876 Ship, perforated, inscription 'POSTAGE'

Genuine Genuine

  1 c grey
  2 c orange
  4 c blue
  6 c brown
  8 c red
  12 c violet
  24 c green
  48 c brown
  96 c brown

The value inscription of these stamps has varied positions with respect to the rest of the stamp. I have seen two different types of the 12 c, the lower part of the '2' is different:


(note the different '2')

These stamps were first issued with watermark 'CC Crown' and perforation 14, the 1 c also exists with perforation 14 x 12 1/2 and the 4 c with perforation 12 1/2. In 1862 the watermark was changed to 'CA Crown'. The higher values are more common with fiscal cancels.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'CC Crown'
1 c*cPerforation 14 x 12 1/2: RR
2 c**c 
4 c ****Perforation 12 1/2: RR
6 c***** 
8 c**** 
12 c**** 
24 c ***** 
48 c****** 
96 cRRR 
With watermark 'CA Crown'
1 c*c 
2 c**c 
4 c**** 
6 c** 
8 c**** 

Surcharged 'INLAND REVENUE DOLLARS' and value

2 c lilac

3 Dollars and 5 Dollars
(Reduced sizes)

  1 c lilac
  2 c lilac
  3 c lilac
  4 c lilac (2 types: small or large number)
  6 c lilac (2 types: straight or curved head of '6')
  8 c lilac
  10 c lilac
  20 c lilac
  40 c lilac
  72 c lilac
  1 Dollar green
  2 Dollars green
  3 Dollars green
  4 Dollars green (2 types: small or large number)
  5 Dollars green

Surcharged
  'One Cent' (red) on 1 Dollar green (1890)
  'One Cent' (red) on 2 Dollars green (1890)
  'One Cent' (red) on 3 Dollars green (1890)
  'One Cent' (red) on 4 Dollars green (1890)
  '2' (red) on 2 c lilac 

These stamps have with watermark 'CA Crown' and perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c** 
2 c*c 
3 c*c 
4 c ** 
6 c*c 
8 c** 
10 c*** 
20 c*** 
40 c**** 
72 c**** 
1 $R*** 
2 $R** 
3 $R* 
4 $R** 
5 $R* 
Surcharged
1 c on 1 $** 
1 c on 2 $cc 
1 c on 3 $** 
1 c on 4 $** 
'2' on 2 c*c 

Official stamps, overprinted 'OFFICIAL' (1877)

2 c orange 'OFFICIAL' 8 c red 'OFFICIAL'

  1 c grey
  2 c orange
  4 c blue
  6 c brown
  8 c red

These stamps have watermark 'CC Crown' and perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cR*** 
2 c****** 
4 cR*** 
6 c RRRRR 
8 cRRRRR 
12 c, 24 c and 48 c RRR-Prepared, but not issued

Newspaper wrapper, in same design:

Cut from wrapper in the same design

Newspaper wrapper

I have seen cutouts in the same design in the values: 1 c green, 2 c red, 3 c red and 'ONE CENT' and bar on 3 c red.

 

1878 Various earlier stamps and official stamps, overprinted with stripes and some with new value

Without value

(1 c) on VI c blue 6 c brown 6 c horizontal and vertical bar 2 c orange bar on "OFFICIAL"

  (1 c) on 1 c black (official 1875)
  (1 c) on 6 c brown
  (1 c) on VI c blue
  (1 c) on 1 c grey (official 1877)
  (1 c) on 4 c blue (official 1877)
  (1 c) on 6 c brown (official)
  (2 c) on VIII c red (official)
  (2 c) on 2 c orange (official)
  (2 c) on 8 c red (official)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
(1 c) on 1 c******On official stamp of 1875
(1 c) on 6 c******Exists in two types: with two horizontal lines or
with one horizontal and one vertical line
(1 c) on VI cR*** 
(1 c) on 1 c******On official stamp of 1877
(1 c) on 4 c ******On official stamp of 1877
(1 c) on 6 c R***On official stamp of 1877
(2 c) on VIII c RROn official stamp of 1875
(2 c) on 2 cR***On official stamp of 1877
(2 c) on 8 cR***On official stamp of 1877
With value

"2" and bar on 96 c olive '2' on 12 c violet

"2 OFFICIAL" and bar on 24 c green
(Two types of the '2' overprint on the 24 c)

  '1' on XLVIII c red
  '1' on XII c lilac (official)
  '1' on 96 c brown
  '1' on 48 c brown (official)
  '2' on XXIV c green (official)
  '2' on 96 c brown
  '2' on 12 c violet (official)
  '2' on 24 c green (official)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'1' on XLVII c****** 
'1' on XII c******On official stamps of 1875
'1' on 96 c** 
'1' on 48 c******On official stamp of 1877
'2' on XXIV c RROn official stamp of 1875
'2' on 96 c ****Exists in two types (see above)
'2' on 12 c******On official stamp of 1877
Exists in two types (see above)
'2' on 24 c ******On official stamp of 1877
Exists in two types (see above)

 

1882 Sailship in a square, so-called 'Baldwin' issue, perforated with 'SPECIMEN'

1 c black on lilac

  1 c black on lilac
  2 c black on yellow

Two types of these stamps exist, type one with 2 masts on the ship and type 2 with 3 masts. I've seen a complete pane with 12 (2 x 6) stamps of the 1 c value, with two and three masted ships printed together.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c******Both types
2 c******Both types

I've seen a 1 c value with 'SPECIMEN' inverted.

 

1889 Ship, perforated, inscription 'POSTAGE REVENUE'

12 c lilac and violet

  1 c lilac and grey
  1 c light green and green
  2 c lilac and orange
  2 c lilac and red
  2 c lilac and black on red
  2 c red
  4 c lilac and blue
  4 c brown and lilac
  5 c blue
  5 c lilac and blue on blue
  6 c lilac and orange
  6 c black and blue
  6 c grey and black
  8 c lilac and red
  8 c lilac and black (1890)
  12 c lilac and violet
  12 c orange and lilac
  24 c lilac and green
  48 c lilac and orange
  48 c grey and lilac
  60 c green and red
  72 c lilac and brown
  96 c lilac and red
  96 c black and red on yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1889), perforation 14
1 c lilac and grey*c 
1 c greencvc 
2 c lilac and orange cvc 
2 c lilac and red*c 
2 c lilac and black on red cvc 
4 c lilac and blue** 
5 c*c 
6 c lilac and orange** 
6 c black and blue**** 
8 c lilac and red** 
8 c lilac and black** 
12 c lilac and violet** 
24 c** 
48 c lilac and orange****** 
48 c grey and lilac****** 
60 c RR 
72 c ****** 
96 c lilac and red****** 

With watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1905)

1 c greencvc 
2 c lilac and black on red cvc 
2 c redcvcTwo types: flag different
4 c lilac and blue*** 
4 c brown and lilac**1907
5 c lilac and blue on blue*** 
5 c blue** 
6 c black and blue**** 
6 c grey and black** 
12 c lilac and violet**** 
12 c orange and lilac** 
24 c ** 
48 c grey and lilac**** 
60 c****** 
72 c****** 
96 black and red on yellow ****** 

Most higher values are fiscally cancelled (and less rare):

72 c lilac and orange, 96 c lilac and red, fiscal cancel
(Reduced sizes)

Similar fiscal stamps exist with inscription 'REVENUE' at the top

 

1906 Fiscal stamp with overprint 'POSTAGE AND REVENUE'

  2.40 $ green and violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2.40 $RRRR 

 

1898 60th year reign of queen Victoria, inscription '1897', mountains and waterfall

1 c red and black

  1 c red and black
  2 c blue and brown
  5 c brown and green
  10 c red and black
  15 c blue and brown

Surcharged

  'TWO CENTS.' on 5 c brown and green (1899)
  'TWO CENTS.' on 10 c red and black (1899)
  'TWO CENTS.' on 15 c blue and brown (1899)

These stamps have watermark 'CC Crown' and perforation 14. The surcharge 'TWO CENTS.' exists without '.' (once on every sheet of stamps).
vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c ** 
2 c*cExists with inverted watermark
5 c** 
10 c****** 
15 c**** 
Surcharged
2 c on 5 c** 
2 c on 10 c** 
2 c on 15 c ** 
Sucharge without '.' ****** 

 

1913 King George V with sailship

48 c black and brown 96 c grey and red on yellow

  1 c green
  2 c red
  2 c violet (1924)
  4 c brown and lilac
  5 c blue
  6 c grey and black
  6 c blue (1924)
  12 c orange and violet
  24 c lilac and green
  48 c black and brown
  60 c green and red
  72 c lilac and brown
  96 c grey and red on yellow

War tax issue, overprinted 'War Tax' (1918)

Image obtained thanks to Peter Elias

  2 c red
vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With watermark 'Multiple CA Crown' (1913)
1 c cc 
2 c redcvc 
4 c*c 
5 c*c 
6 c grey and black *c 
12 c** 
24 c**** 
48 c**** 
60 c****** 
72 c****** 
96 c******With white or yellow paper at the back
2 c ccWAR TAX
With watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921)
1 ccvc 
2 c redcvc 
2 c violetcvc1924
4 ccc 
6 c bluecc1924
12 c*c 
24 c** 
48 c** 
60 c**** 
72 c**** 
96 c**** 

 

The next stamps issued was a pictorial issue in 1931 (5 values) and in 1934 (again pictorial issue: 13 values).


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