Stamp Stories from around the world

The 14th country to issue stamps was British Guiana. On 1. July1850 British Guiana issued their first four stamps. These stamps were printed by the local newspaper, the “Royal Gazette” in Georgetown. They are called “Cotton reels” – cirkular stamps with just the name of the country, BRITISH GUIANA, printed around the edge, and the denomination, f. ex 8 Cents in the middle, as you can see on the picture of todays stamp. Today they are very rare stamps, especially the 2 cent stamp, that was issued in 1851. Only 10 copies are known and the catalog value is 70.000 £ for a used copy.