British Guiana

Located on the northern coast of South America just east of Venezuela, British Guiana is primarily known for it's famous 1856 one cent black on magenta, the world's "rarest" stamp. Four different official seals have been recorded. The counrty changed it's name to Guyana in May, 1966, when it became an independent Commonwealth member. British Guiana seals are scarce.



Catalog: Drummond OS2

Date issued: Unknown, EKU April 4, 1942

Printing: Red

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "FOUND OPEN AND OFFICIALLY RESEALED / in the British Guina Post Office."

Control Number: PT. 450 (late P.O. 262)." at lower left

Description: 1942 from Santos, Brazil to Georgetown, British Guiana "Torn in transit" and repaired with red "British Guina Post Office" seal.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.


Catalog: Drummond OS3

Date issued: Unknown, EKU August 16, 1948

Printing: Blue

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "Officially sealed in the / POST OFFICE, BRITISH GUIANA / PT. 450 late GPO.No.262."

Control Number: None

Description: Typewritten British Guiana official seal affixed to right side of registered and "UNCLAIMED" 1948 cover from Yeoval, New South Wales to Georgetown. Violet "RETURNED LETTER OFFICE / BRITISH GUIANA". and red "DEAD LETTER OFFICE SYDNEY" on back. Highly unusual use of a "provisional" seal, probably unique.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

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