Monday, August 2, 2010

British Guiana 1c magenta

The stamp featured today is the British Guiana 1c magenta.

The British Guiana 1c magenta is among the rarest of all postage stamps. It was issued in limited numbers in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1856. It is imperforate, printed in black on magenta paper and features a sailing ship and colony's Latin motto "Damus Petimus Que Vicissim" (We give and expect in return) in the middle. Four thin lines frame the ship. The stamp's country of issue and value in small black upper case lettering in turn surround the frame.

The 1c magenta was part of a series of three definitive stamps issued in that year and was intended for use on local newspapers. The other two stamps, a 4c magenta and 4c blue, were intended for letter postage.

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