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1880 Queen Victoria

1/2 p yellow 1 p green 2 1/2 p brown 2 1/2 p brown

  1/2 p yellow
  1/2 p green
  1 p green
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p brown
  2 1/2 p blue

These stamps have watermark CC Crown or 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'CC Crown' (1880)
1 p green RR RR  
2 1/2 p brown RR RR  
Watermark 'CA Crown' (1883)
1/2 p yellow RR RR  
1/2 p green *** ***  
1 p red R R  
2 1/2 p blue *** ***  

Forgeries, examples:


(Reduced sizes, note the perforation)

The word 'ONE PENNY' in the above 1 p forgeries is written too small (compare with a genuine stamp above). The bottom part of the small '2' is too long in the 2 1/2 p forgeries. I've seen very similar forgeries for Antigua, Gibraltar, St.Lucia and Nevis:

Forgery!

 

From 1890 to 1899 the stamps of the Leeward Islands were used in the Virgin Islands.

 

1899 Image of a virgin

1/2 p green

  1/2 penny
  1 p red
  2 1/2 p blue
  4 p brown
  6 p violet
  7 p green
  1 Sh yellow
  5 Sh blue

These stamps have 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 p ** **  
1 p ** ***  
2 1/2 p *** ***  
4 p *** ***  
6 p *** ***  
7 p *** ***  
1 Sh R R  
5 Sh RR RR  

I have seen a postcard in the same design (1/2 p green).

 

1904 King Edward VII

2 Sh 6 p green and black


(Reduced size)

  1/2 p lilac and green
  1 p lilac and red
  2 p lilac and brown
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  3 p lilac and black
  6 p lilac and brown
  1 Sh green and red
  2 Sh 6 p green and black
  5 Sh green and blue

These stamps have watermark Multiple 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 p * *  
1 p ** **  
2 p *** ***  
2 1/2 p *** ***  
3 p *** ***  
6 p *** ***  
1 Sh *** ***  
2 Sh 6 p R R  
5 Sh RR RR  

 

1913 King George V

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac on yellow
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue
  5 Sh green and red on yellow

These stamps have watermark Multiple CA Crown or Multiple Script 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
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1/2 p * *  
1 p * *  
2 p ** **  
2 1/2 p ** **  
3 p ** **  
6 p *** ***  
1 Sh R R  
2 Sh 6 p R R  
5 Sh RR RR  
Watermark 'Multiple Script CA Crown'
1/2 p * *  
1 p * *  
Surcharged 'WAR STAMP'

Image thanks to Peter Elias Image thanks to Peter Elias

  1 p red
  3 p lilac on yellow

These 'war stamps' were issued on 20th October 1916 (the 1 p for letters and the 3 p for parcels, information thanks to Peter Elias).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1 p * *  
3 p * **  

 

1921 King George V, with arms in lower right corner

5 Sh green and red on yellow

14 values were issued in the above design, ranging from 1/2 p to 5 Sh:
  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 p lilac
  1 1/2 p red
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  2 1/2 p orange
  3 p lilac on yellow
  5 p lilac and green
  5 p lilac
  1 Sh black on green
  2 Sh 6 p black and red on blue
  5 Sh green and red on yellow

 

1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V, inscription "1910-1935"

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A 1 p red and blue, 1 1/2 p grey and blue, 2 1/2 p blue and brown and 1 Sh lilac and black were issued in a design identical to many other British colonies (Windsor castle).

 

1937 Inscription "12th MAY 1937" portrait of King and Queen

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The values 1 p red, 1 1/2 p brown and 2 1/2 p blue were issued (design identical to that of many other British colonies).

 

1938 King George VI in an ellipse facing the right, arms in lower right corner (all stamps have identical design)

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p grey
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p orange
  6 p violet
  1 Sh olive
  2 Sh 6 p brown
  5 Sh red
  10 Sh blue

 

1946 Victory issue, identical to sets issued in many other British colonies, inscription "8th JUNE 1946"

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  1 1/2 p brown
  3 p orange

 

1948 Royal Silver wedding, identical to sets issued in many other British colonies, inscription "1923-1948", image of King and Queen

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  2 1/2 p blue (smaller size)
  1 Pound grey 

 

1949 UPU issue (design similar to many other British colonies)

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  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p orange
  6 p lilac
  1 Sh olive

 

1951 University College of the West Indies

3 c red and black, 12 c violet and black.

 

1951 Legislative Council

4 values

 

1952 King George VI, various designs

12 values: 1 c black (lighthouse), 2 c green (map), 3 c brown and black, 4 c red (map of Anegada), 5 c grey and lilac, 8 c blue (map of Virgin Gorda), 12 c violet (map of Tortula), 24 c brown and black (arms), 60 c blue and green, 1.20 $ blue and black (Sir Francis Drake channel), 2.40 $ brown and green, 4.80 $ red and blue (map).

 

1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, inscription "CORONATION JUNE 1953", design identical to many other British colonies

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  2 c green and black 

 

1956 Queen Elizabeth II, various designs

1/2 c lilac and black (map of Island of Tortola), 1 c blue (Virgin Islands sloop), 2 c grey and orange (Nelthrop red poll bull), 3 c green and blue (Road harbour), 4 c blue and brown (mountain travel), 5 c grey (St.Ursula), 8 c blue and orange (beach scene), 12 c red and blue (boat launching), 24 c orange and green (white cedar tree), 60 c orange and blue (bonito), 1.20 $ red and green (treasury square coronation 1953), 2.40 $ brown and yellow (brown pelican), 4.80 $ blue and black (man-o'-war bird).

Surcharged (1962), 12 values: 1 c on 1/2 c, 2 c on 1 c, 3 c on 2 c, 4 c on 3 c, 5 c on 4 c, 8 c on 8 c, 10 c on 12 c, 12 c on 24 c, 25 c on 60 c, 70 c on 1.20 $, 1.40 $ on 2.40 $.

 

1963 Freedom from hunger

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  25 c (U.S.) violet

 

1963 Red Cross issue

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  2 c black and red
  25 c blue and red

 

1964 Shakespeare

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  10 c blue

 

1965 International Collaboration Year

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  1 c blue and brown
  25 c violet and green

 

1966 Royal visit to the Caribbean

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  4 c blue and black
  70 c red and black

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