September 20, 2020

Rare Cayman Island stamps

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Below are some rare Cayman Islands stamps. These are among the most scarce and rare Cayman Islands stamps ever sold!

If you have one you might want to get it valued and insured! These were listed by Sandafayre on their website:  www.sandafayre.com/rarestamps/rarecaymanislandsstamps.html

History (source: Wikipedia)

The Caymans had no regular postal system until April 1889, when stamps of Jamaica came into use. There two known postmarks, “GRAND CAYMAN” for George Town, and “CAYMAN BRAC”, used at Stake Bay.[1] Jamaican stamps were valid until 19 February 1901.

The first stamps of the Caymans were issued in November 1900. They were two Key Plate designs depicting Queen Victoria, with values of 1/2d and 1d. These were used for little over a year before being superseded by the same design, but with Edward VII.

Shortages of stamps occurred in 1907, and overprints were produced in both Kingston and by handstamping at George Town. Additional shortages in 1908 resulted in the use of manuscript frankings for short periods in May and October.

At the end of 1907, a new version of the Key Plate design included the inscription “POSTAGE & REVENUE”, as they were now allowed for use as revenue stamps. In 1908 a 1/4d stamp appeared, with a design consisting of the denomination in an oval frame.

The Key Plate continued in use with George V in 1912, then gave way to a new design in 1921.

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