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15th April 1852

British Colony 4
Caribbean 2

  Barbados #1, block  

Imperforate, no watermark, engraved.
Printed by Perkins Bacon, London.

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T
½d deep green   1 1, 2    
1d dark blue   2 3, 4    
2d slate blue   3 4a    
4d brown red   4 5    

Barbados (like Trinidad) used undenominated stamps until 1867. The first batch of stamps printed for the island in the 1d and 2d values were lost at sea in the wreck of the S.S. Amazon. The paper used for all values had a 'bluish tinge' until 1855 and was white thereafter.

It was noted in the February 2022 edition of the FICC Newsletter (Vol. 30 no.1 1 p.1) that "On Nov. 30, Barbados chose to cut its ties with the British Monarchy and removed Queen Elizabeth II as head of state to become the world’s newest republic." And the first issue of the new republic is awaited (Louis Laflamme, President).

James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-52, 106th edn., 2003
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Image from Mackay.

FI ref: 40 Page credit: NB

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