NEARLY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 8-CENT COTTON REEL. ONE OF THE CLASSIC AND ICONIC RARITIES OF WORLDWIDE PHILATELY.
The first stamps of British Guiana were issued in July 1850, in denominations of 2c, 4c, 8c and 12c. They were printed at the offices of the Royal Gazette of British Guiana newspaper. Quickly produced from printer’s type and a printer’s rule bent into a crude circle, the stamps earned the nickname “Cotton Reel” from collectors because they look similar to labels on the wooden ends of a reel of cotton thread. Each stamp was initialed as a control to prevent either theft or counterfeiting.
With 1978 A.P.S. certificate. Scott $16,000.00. SG £16,000
VERY FINE. ONLY A SMALL HANDFUL OF COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH THE 1852 4-CENT SURFACE PRINTED SHIP STAMP. EASILY RANKING AS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES.
This accurately paid the 4c inland rate from Jan. 1, 1852. With 2004 Eichele certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1856 4-CENT BLACK ON MAGENTA PROVISIONAL ISSUE. AN ICONIC BRITISH COMMONWEALTH RARITY.
The Provisional issue was printed in Georgetown by Baum and Dallas, who published the Official Gazette. It has been hypothesized that the issue was printed due to a delay in the arrival of stamps from England. Many examples are either cut to shape or have heavy creases which discolor the paper. Despite the minute areas of surface repair, the example offered here is in far better condition than most.
With 1971 Friedl certificate. Scott $25,000.00. SG £25,000