St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a country comprised of a larger island called St. Vincent and several (but not all) of the Grenadines, a group of smaller islands to the south (the ones not belonging to this country belong to Grenada). The postal history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a bit complicated, especially in relation to the inscriptions used on stamps, but with a little effort one can fairly easily grasp it. The good news, of course, is that the situation makes collecting stamps from these islands a lot of fun… and a challenge.
The first stamps came in 1861; these stamps were inscribed ST. VINCENT and featured Queen Victoria, as did most British colonial stamps. This inscription would last several decades.
In early 1974, the Grenadines part of the island group began adding an overprint to the “St. Vincent” stamps: ‘GRENADINES OF’, thus creating a makeshift “GRENADINES OF ST. VINCENT” stamp; very soon afterwards, in May 1974, new stamps actually inscribed “Grenadines of St. Vincent” were issued.
In 1979, St. Vincent and the Grenadines became independent of Britain (the country is part of the British Commonwealth now); the dual issues of “St. Vincent” and the “Grenadines of St. Vincent” continued.
In 1984, the Grenadine islands of Bequia and Union Island issued their own stamps, inscribed with the name of the island plus “Grenadines of St. Vincent”.
In 1992, national stamps using the full inscription ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES were finally issued (although occasionally the previously used, shorter ST. VINCENT would still be used). Sometimes, an ampersand (&) is used instead of AND. The final stamps inscribed only with “Grenadines of St. Vincent” were issued in 1994 — but, beginning in 1997, the islands of Canouan and Mustique issued stamps similar to the 1984 island stamps described above, again using the island’s name and “Grenadines of St. Vincent”. The island of Mayreau followed suit beginning in 2006. Palm Island, Young Island, and Tobago Cays released stamps that might be called cinderellas that appeal to some collectors.
Needless to say, there is a wide range of possibilities for collecting the various stamps of St. Vincent, various islands of the Grenadines, and the group of islands as a whole. Check our current selection to see the newest for sale offers.
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