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(British) Virgin Islands

1st December 1866

British Colony 22

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  (British) Virgin IslandsSc1  

perf 12, no watermark, lithographed, toned or white paper
Printed by Nissen and Parker from original dies by Waterlow.

Description
Paper
Perf
Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#
1 penny green
white
12
1 1, 2    
1d green
toned
12
1a 5, 6    
1 green
toned
15x12
1c 5a    
6d rose
toned
12
2 7    
6d rose (large 'V')
toned
12
2a 7a    
6d rose
white
12
2b 3, 4    
6d rose (large 'V')
white
12
2c 4a    

Gibbons distinguishes shades in SG2, SG4 and SG6.

Or British Virgin Islands, part of the Leeward Islands group (whose stamps were used concurrently) in the West Indies. It became a separate colony in 1956. There are also American Virgin Islands, previously the Danish West Indies.

bvi error

Online report from Linns, January 2016

'Topping off the highlights in David Feldman’s Dec. 11, 2015, auction in Geneva was a “Missing Virgin,” a spectacular and seldom-seen error from among the early issues of the British Virgin Islands.
The Caribbean colony’s 1867 1s stamp consists of a rose-colored background with a figure of St. Ursula printed in the center in black.
Columbus sailed past the islands in 1893, naming them for the legendary St. Ursula.
Some small number of the stamps missing the central figure (Scott 8c) reached the public.
According to the sale catalog, the last time a Missing Virgin — “one of the world’s most iconic and sought-after stamps” — was offered at auction was in 2011, as part of the famous Chartwell collection.
All known examples have scissor-cut perforations with the perfs trimmed off on one or two sides.
In the plus column, the example in the Feldman sale does boast of having original gum, the only such example known. It fetched $170,000. ' [£120,000]

Sources: ScC, SGP1.

Images from David Olson, Linns.

FI ref: 133 Page credit: NB

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