Bahamas

Here you will find a selection of Commonwealth stamps from the Bahamas

The Bahamas is located in Caribbean sea

The postal history of the Bahamas begins in the 18th century, with the earliest known letters dating from the 1760s. In 1804 a straight-line "BAHAMAS" handstamp came into use. The Royal Mail Line initiated a regular mail service in 1841, and from 1846 used a "Crown Paid" handstamp.

The use of postage stamps began in April 1858 with a consignment of British stamps. These were cancelled "A05" at Nassau. The use of British stamps was brief however; in the following year the Bahamian post office became independent of London, and issued its own stamps beginning 10 June 1859. These stamps featured the "Chalon" portrait of Queen Victoria, along with symbols of the islands (pineapple and conch shell) and the inscription "INTERINSULAR POSTAGE", because at first the stamps were used only locally, with London continuing in charge of external mail until May 1860.

Printed by Perkins Bacon, initially not watermarked and imperforate, perforation was introduced in 1860, and the "Crown & CC" watermark in 1863. The transition to local control left Bahamians with only their 1d stamp to pay all rates of postage, and covers to foreign destinations show blocks of the stamp used to cover the 4d rate to North America and the 6d rate to Great Britain. The government remedied this in 1861 by contracting for 4d and 6d stamps, still using the Chalon head, but with a simpler design. De la Rue later took over printing duties in 1862, their product being differentiated by an 11.5-12 perforation, as opposed to the previous 14-16. A one-shilling value appeared in 1865.

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Bahamas 1944 £1 Deep Grey-Green & Black SG157b Ordin Paper V.F VLMM
Regular Price £95.00 Special Price £76.00
Bahamas 1948 1 1/2d Pale Red-Brown SG151a Fine LMM
Regular Price £6.00 Special Price £4.80
Bahamas 1931-46 Extended Set of 7 SG131-132b All Shades Fine LMM
Regular Price £110.00 Special Price £88.00
Bahamas 1938 £1 Deep Grey-Green & Black SG157 Thick Chalk Paper Fine LMM
Regular Price £100.00 Special Price £80.00
Bahamas 1938 5s Lilac & Blue SG156 Thick Paper Good MM
Regular Price £50.00 Special Price £40.00
Bahamas 1938-52 Extended Set of 18 SG149-157a Fine LMM
Regular Price £65.00 Special Price £52.00
Bahamas 1942 1s Black & Carmine SG155b Fine LMM
Regular Price £12.00 Special Price £9.60
Bahamas 1942 5s Purple & Blue SG156b Ordin Paper Fine LMM
Regular Price £18.00 Special Price £14.40
Bahamas 1930 Set of 5 SG126-130 V.F MNH
Regular Price £65.00 Special Price £52.00
Bahamas 1934 1 1/2d Brown-Red SG117 V.F MNH
Regular Price £12.00 Special Price £9.60
Bahamas 1863 1s Green SG39b Good Used
Regular Price £10.00 Special Price £8.00
Bahamas 1911 6d Bistre-Brown SG74 Fine Used
Regular Price £27.00 Special Price £21.60
Bahamas 1921 5s Dull Purple & Blue SG88 Good Used
Regular Price £20.00 Special Price £16.00
Bahamas 1931 3s Slate-Purple & Myrtle-Green SG132 V.F.U (2)
Regular Price £17.00 Special Price £13.60
Bahamas 1935 1s Slate & Purple SG144 V.F.U
Regular Price £9.00 Special Price £7.20
Bahamas 1935 6d Light Blue & Olive-Green SG143 Fine Used
Regular Price £8.00 Special Price £6.40
Bahamas 1937 3d Purple & Orange-Yellow SG120a Fine Used
Regular Price £14.00 Special Price £11.20
Bahamas 1906 1d Carmine-Rose SG72 Fine & Fresh LMM
Regular Price £14.00 Special Price £11.20
Bahamas 1954 Set of 16 SG201-216 Fine MNH
Regular Price £61.00 Special Price £48.80
Bahamas 1948 Set of 6 to 3d SG178-183 V.F MNH Imprint Blocks of 4
Regular Price £20.00 Special Price £16.00
Bahamas 1863 6d Deep Violet SG31 V.F.U Red Duplex Cancel
Regular Price £40.00 Special Price £32.00
Bahamas 1863 6d Lilac SG30 V.F.U
Regular Price £37.00 Special Price £29.60
Bahamas 1865 1s Blue-Green SG38 Fine Used
Regular Price £135.00 Special Price £108.00
Bahamas 1882 4d Rose SG41 Fine Used  (3)
Regular Price £22.00 Special Price £17.60