British Guiana

A British colony on the northern coast of South America,

A privately run packet services for mail existed in British Guiana 1796, and continued for a number of years. Postage stamps of Britain were used at Georgetown and Berbice. inland Postal system opened 1850.

Cottonreels. The London government established an inland postal system on 1 July 1850, but postage stamps had not yet been produced, so the postmaster in Georgetown went to the local newspaper Royal Gazette and had them print imperforate stamps in the form of an outline circle, with "BRITISH GUIANA" inside the rim, and a denomination, from 2c to 12c, in the middle. The printing was in black, on different colors of paper depending on denomination. These became known as the "Cottonreels", because of the type of printing press used, and are some of the rearest stamps in the world.

The first issue from London finally came in 1852, a very simple typeset design depicting a sailing ship and the colony's motto DAMUS PATIMUS QUE VICISSIM ("we give and expect in return"), also quite rare. Better stamps from London showed up in 1853, engraved and correctly inscribed using PETIMUS instead.

The numbers were apparently insufficient, and in 1856 the postmaster had new 1c and 4c issues printed locally, crudely typeset and imitating the design of the London stamps, motto and all. These are among the rarest of all stamps, and the British Guiana 1c magenta is the rarest, with only one copy known to exist.

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British Guiana 1938 1c Yellow-Green SG308 Fine LMM
Regular Price £10.00 Special Price £8.00
British Guiana 1938 24c Bluie-Green SG312 Fine LMM
Regular Price £11.00 Special Price £8.80
British Guiana 1938 96c Purple SG316 Fine LMM
Regular Price £8.00 Special Price £6.40
British Guiana 1938-51 Extended Set of 16 SG308a- 319 Fine LMM
Regular Price £50.00 Special Price £40.00
British Guiana 1940 1c Green SGD1 Fine VLMM
Regular Price £4.00 Special Price £3.20
British Guiana 1944 96c Purple SG316a P.12.5 x 13.5 Fine LMM
Regular Price £8.00 Special Price £6.40
British Guiana 1946 $3 Bright Red-Brown SG319a Fine MNH
Regular Price £36.00 Special Price £28.80
British Guiana 1948 RSW Set of 2 SG322-323 Fine LMM
Regular Price £12.00 Special Price £9.60
British Guiana 1950 $2 Purple SG318a P.14 x 13 Fine MM
Regular Price £12.00 Special Price £9.60
British Guiana 1951 $1 Bright Violet SG317a P.14 x 13 Fine MNH
Regular Price £330.00 Special Price £264.00
British Guiana 1952 $3 Red-Brown SG319b P.14 x 13 Fine LMM
Regular Price £17.00 Special Price £13.60
British Guiana 1952 2c Black SGD2a Fine MM
Regular Price £3.00 Special Price £2.40
British Guiana 1955 12c Scarlet SGD4a Fine VLMM
Regular Price £9.00 Special Price £7.20
British Guiana 1931 Set of 5 SG283-287 V.F MNH
Regular Price £50.00 Special Price £40.00
British Guiana 1934 Set of 13 SG288-300 V.F MNH
Regular Price £140.00 Special Price £112.00
British Guiana 1963 72c Carmine & Emerald SG363 Fine LMM
Regular Price £5.00 Special Price £4.00
British Guiana 1945 $3 Red-Brown SG319 Fine MNH
Regular Price £25.00 Special Price £20.00
British Guiana 1950 Q$2 Purple SG318a P.14 x 13 Fine MNH
Regular Price £18.00 Special Price £14.40
British Guiana 1860 12c Grey-Lilac SG37 Fine Used
Regular Price £24.00 Special Price £19.20
British Guiana 1934 24c Purple SG294 Fine Used (2)
Regular Price £8.00 Special Price £6.40
British Guiana 1863 48c Pale Red SG82 Good Used
Regular Price £20.00 Special Price £16.00
British Guiana 1889 96c Dull Purple & Carmine SG205 Fine Used Fiscal Cancel
Regular Price £7.00 Special Price £5.60
British Guiana 1934 6c Deep Ultramarine SG292 V.F.U
Regular Price £4.00 Special Price £3.20
British Guiana 1864 1c Black SG57 Fine & Fresh MM
Regular Price £40.00 Special Price £32.00