Here you will find a selection of Commonwealth stamps from Antigua

Antigua was discovered by Christopher Columbus, in 1493, and was named after the church of Santa Maria la Antigua in Seville. It was first settled in 1632. By the Treaty of Breda in 1667 it became a British Possession.

The postal arrangements of Antigua were controlled by the British Postmaster General in London till 1 May 1860. The island authorities set up an internal post in March 1841, between St John's and English Harbour, with Mr Scotland as the postmaster. From 1858 Great Britain stamps were made available for use in Antigua. Letters from St John’s were postmarked “A02” and those from English Harbour were obliterated with “A18”

The Post Office Act of Antigua, passed on 24 April 1860, by the Assembly of the Leeward Islands, transferred control to the local government. The first order for stamps was for a sixpence denomination to be used for the letter rate from Antigua to Great Britain. A consignment of 8,000 stamps, was sent out on 1 July 1862, by the printers, Messrs Perkins Bacon and Co. These arrived and were issued sometime in August 1862. A one penny stamp was issued in 1863. The design of these stamps is based on a drawing of Queen Victoria’s head by Edward Henry Corbould and was engraved by Charles Henry Jeens

Antigua 1921 6d Dull & Bright Purple SG75 Fine LMM
Antigua 1953-62 Extended Set of 18 SG120-134 V.F MNH
Antigua 1913 5s Grey-Green & Violet SG51 Fine & Fresh LMM
Antigua 1922 £1 Purple & Black-Red SG61 Fine & Fresh MM
Antigua 1863 1d Rosy Mauve SG5 Fine Used
Antigua 1864 1d Dull Rose SG6 Fine Used (4)
Antigua 1886 1s Mauve SG30 Fine Used (2)
Antigua 1884 6d Deep Green SG29 Good MM
Antigua 1903 Set of 10 SG31-40 Fine Used
Antigua 1908-17 Set of 8 SG41-50 Good to Fine MM
Antigua 1913 5s Grey-Green & Violet SG51 Fine MM
Antigua 1863 6d Green SG8a 'Wmk Upright' Fine Used (2)
Antigua 1938 Set of 9 to 2s6d SG98-106a Fine LMM
Antigua 1882 1/2d Dull Green SG21 Good Used
Antigua 1884 1d Carmine-Red SG24 Good Used
Antigua 1836 1s Mauve SG30 Good Used
Antigua 1863 6d Green SG8a Wmk Upright Fine Used
Antigua 1863 6d Green SG8a Wmk Upright Good Used
Antigua 1876 1d Lake SG16 Fine Used
Antigua 1879 2 1/2d Red-Brown SG19 Good Used
Antigua 1879 4d Blue SG20 Good Used (2)
Antigua 1863 1d Rosy-Mauve SG5 Good MM (2)
Antigua 1863 1d Vermilion SG7b Wmk Sideways Fine Unused
Antigua 1863 6d Green SG8 Good MM CV £700