Saturday, April 09, 2016

Do you want to see the 1856 British Guiana One Cent Magenta stamp? Come to NYC in May/June

You can see the 1856 British Guiana One Cent Magenta stamp in person if you attend World Stamp Show NY 2016 in New York City between May 28th and June 4th 2016. The show will be held at the Javits center. The 1856 British Guiana One Cent Magenta is a one of a kind, it was sold at an auction last June 17 for $9.48 million dollars.  The 1856 British Guiana One Cent Magenta is the only major postage stamp ever issued that is not represented in Britain's Royal Philatelic Collection .

The 1856 British Guiana One Cent Magenta stamp was discovered in 1873 by a 12-year-old Scottish schoolboy, Louis Vernon Vaughan, in the Guyanese county of Demerara (whose postmark the stamp bears), amongst his uncle's letters. There was no record of it in his stamp catalogue, so he sold it some weeks later for six shillings to a local collector, N.R. McKinnon. In 1878 McKinnon's collection was sold to a Liverpool stamp dealer, Thomas Ridpath, for £120. Shortly afterwards, the same year, Thomas Ridpath sold the 1c to Philipp von Ferrary for about £150. His massive stamp collection was willed to a Berlin museum but following Ferrary's death in 1917 the entire collection was taken by France as war reparations following the end of World War 

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