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Netherlands Antilles

23rd May 1873

- Changes of Administration - Aruba

Dutch Colony 2
Caribbean 28  


perf , no wmk, typo
Printed by J. Enschedé & Sons, Haarlem.

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Regular perfs
2½ cents green   1 13      
3c bister   2 7,      
5c rose   3 8, 14      
10c ultra   4 9, 15      
25c brown-orange   5 10, 16      
50c violet   6 11, 17      
2.50 gulden bister and purple (1879)   7 12      
Perf 14, small holes
2½ cents green   1b 1      
3c bister   2b 2      
5c rose   3b 3      
10c ultra   4b 4      
25c brown-orange   5b 5      
50c violet   6b 6      

Scott [1] decribes the perforations of Sc1-7 as, " 11½, 12½, 11½x12, 12½x12, 13½x13, 14" with a separate list of Sc1b-Sc6b as "perf 14, small holes". The p14 small holes are Gibbons' SG1-SG6.


1949 Sc203 SG306 1954 Sc232 SG344

Netherlands Antilles is made up of the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Bonaire (off the Venezualian coast) and some of the Leeward Islands. They all used stamps inscribed Curaçao until renamed in 1948. On 15th December 1954 they were given autonomy, while remaining part of the Netherlands.

Aruba was part of Netherlands Antilles until 1986, when it became a separate auotonomous part of the Netherlands.

Curaçao, Caribbean Netherlands and St. Martin

10th October 2010

Caribbean Netherlands
St. Martin
2010 Sc1 SG306 2010 Sc1 SG1 2010 Sc1 SG1

The end, both philatelically and administratively of Netherlands Antilles was reported in FICC Journal vol. 19 nos. 3 and 4 (2011) by E. Clark Buchi (FICC #2),

"In 2010 … the Netherlands Antilles colony dissolved [and the] Scott Catalogue has officially announced the listing of first issues from three “new nations.”
Those three nations, as listed in the March 21, 2011 edition of Linn’s Stamp News, are Curacao, Caribbean Netherlands and St. Martin.

Curaçao: It was speculated in the V19N1 edition of First Issues (page 3), that the Curacao stamp might be listed as a continuation of the Netherlands Antilles listings. The recent Linn’s article, however, indicates the listings for Netherlands Antilles will end, and a new listing under the name Curacao will begin.

Caribbean Netherlands: The new nation of Caribbean Netherlands will include the island of Bonaire, only 30 miles from Curacao, plus the islands of St. Eustatius and Saba, located about 500 miles north and east of Bonaire. This group of islands is also known in The Netherlands as the “BES Islands”, for Bonaire, Eustatius and Saba.

St. Martin: The new nation of St. Martin, which shares the island of Saint Martin with a French colony of a similar name, will be the third new Number One."

The St. Martin stamps for the Netherlands colony are inscribed "Sint Maarten". No stamps have been found for the French colony.

Sources: ScS [1], SGP4 [2], SGS, FICC Journal vol. 19 nos. 3 and 4.

Image from colnect, FICC Journal, ebay.

FI ref: 172, 777-9 Page credit: NB

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