The Postage Stamps Of Antigua

The purpose of this web site is to show and describe the postage stamps of Antigua that were in use before October 31, 1890 when the stamps were replaced by a common issue for all of the Leeward Islands. Shown are the basic stamps, proofs, varieties and typical usages on original cover.

I have found the subject easiest to grasp by diving the stamps into two main groups based on the design of the stamps. This in spite of the fact that by using this format, strict chronological order is lost. In addition to the two major design types (Jeens Head Issues and Key Plate Issues) there are separate sections that deal with fore-runners (Great Britain Used in Antigua) as well as Postal History.

The overview listing below includes Stanley Gibbons Catalog (G) numbers and Scott Catalog (S) numbers for easy reference.


Jeens Head Issues

1862 Issue - No Watermark, Perforated 14-16

6d. blue-green
(G #1, S #1)


1863-1867 Issues - Watermarked Star, Perforated 14-16

1d. lilac-rose
(G #5, S #2c)

1d. dull-rose
(G #6, S #2)

1d. vermilion
(G #7, S #3)

6d. green
(G #8-9, S #4)

6d. yellow-green
(G #10, S #4a)


1872 Issue - Watermarked Crown CC, Perforated 12.5

1d. lake
(G #13, S #5)

1d. scarlet
(G #14, S #6)

6d. blue-green
(G #15, S #7)


1876 Issue - Watermarked Crown CC, Perforated 14

1d. lake-rose
(G #17, S #8b)

1d. lake
(G #16, S #8)

6d. blue-green
(G #18, S #11)


1884 Issue A - Watermarked Crown CA, Perforated 12

1d. carmine-red
(G #24, S #20)


1884 Issue B - Watermarked Crown CA, Perforated 14

1d. carmine-red
(G #25, S #18)

1d. rose
(G #26, S #18a)

6d. blue-green
(G #29, S #19)


Key Plate Issues

1879 Issue - Watermarked Crown CC, Perforated 14

2d. red-brown
(G #19, S #9)

4d. blue
(G #20, S #10)


1882 Issue - Watermarked Crown CA, Perforated 14

d. green
(G #21, S #12)

2d. red-brown
(G #22, S #13)

4d. blue
(G #23, S #15)

1886 Issue - Watermarked Crown CA, Perforated 14

2d. blue
(color change)
(G #27, S #14)

4d. brown
(color change)
(G #28, S #16)

1s. mauve
(G #30, S #17)