Virgin Islands Stamps, Treasured And Uniquely Beautiful
Features and design elements of BVI stamps issued during the past 40
years are quite distinctive and often unique. Most modern BVI stamps
include either the Queen's cameo (or alternatively her cipher) and, at
the same time, feature a currency expressed in U.S. dollars, while the
inscriptions clearly read British Virgin Islands.
idyllic and unique islands have stamped their presence in philately.
Since their inception some 140 years ago, Virgin Islands stamps have
fascinated collectors from every corner of the globe and from all walks
As well as having some
of the most exquisite designs, which reflect the natural beauty, and
rich cultural history of the islands, B.V.I. stamps have steadily
appreciated in value. This has been due to very conservative
issuing policies. No more than six sets are issued per
From the 1960s stamps were designed with world appeal to help increase
sales, and this is reflected in the vast majority of the exhibit.
Vibrant stamps on display reflect the islands’ ties to the British
Commonwealth, with commemorative sets of stamps celebrating royal
birthdays, weddings, coronations and kings and queens through the ages.
Recurring local themes include indigenous birds, flowers and marine
life, including game fish and coral. One very popular series depicting
scenes from Treasure Island was released in 1969 to mark the 75th
anniversary of the death of Robert Louis Stevenson. The book, which
captured the imagination of readers throughout the world with its tales
of buccaneers and buried gold, was inspired by Norman Island.
Topics of international appeal such as the Olympics, World Cup Football
and Apollo 11’s first lunar landing in 1969 as well as Sir Francis
Drake’s historical circumnavigation around the world have also all
graced B.V.I. stamps. This particularly striking series of 12 stamps
which was released to mark the 420th anniversary of Drake’s Voyage, is
particularly relevant to the B.V.I. as the famous explorer and his
fleet visited the British Virgin Islands on several occasions and the
channel that runs between the islands was named in his honour.
on Main Street, Tortola), completed in 1866, formerly the Main Post
Office of the Virgin Islands, is closed for refurbishment.
© Photography by: Martina Jackson - 2012.